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Gardening on the wild side

Do you dislike well-groomed and well-defined landscape areas and plants? Perhaps you enjoy a more chaotic and diverse landscape that promotes wildlife and more likely mimics a natural environment. I have preferred gardening on the wild side. Sometimes we garden on the wild side because we must. At my previous homestead which had about an […]

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Growing strawberries can be fun and healthy too.

Strawberries are a delight in any garden. Strawberries are cultivars mostly developed from Fragaria x ananassa a hybrid plant created in France in the middle of the 18th century by crossing a North American strawberry Fragaria virginiana and a Chilean strawberry F. Chiloensis. I can remember wild strawberries growing along our country road in New […]

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Support your beneficial garden friends.

When I was a young kid imbued with the notion that most bugs are bad, I likely killed a few garden friends. I knew that lady beetles were good guys or gals and praying mantis were also friends. When I was in first grade, I took a mantis egg case, which is scientifically, termed an […]

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The hows and whys of vermicomposting

If you’re looking for a productive and child-friendly summer project, this just might be it. The Latin word “vermi” means worm, and vermicomposting is the process of using worms to create compost. It’s a small-scale recycling process that converts kitchen waste to “garden gold.” Most horticulturalists consider worm compost to be the best soil amendment, […]

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Helpful resources for gardeners and non-gardeners alike

In one way or another, COVID-19 has been a dominant influence in our lives these past few months, and like it or not, it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. And even if you’ve “had it up to here” with coronavirus news, please read on for the sake of those you care about. […]

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The tastiest tomato to plant this spring.

It is time to think about getting vegetables planted for delicious summer meals and for next winter too, if you have enough to freeze or can. Many homeowners are reduced to small back yards so having a large garden may not be possible, but room for a few tomatoes, peppers, zucchini or eggplants are often […]

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Spring is busting out all over.

Are you feeling homebound after the edict by our Governor to stay home? Here is something that will help reduce your anxiety level and deal with the threat posed by the Coronavirus. Enjoy some gardening which is a well-known stress reducer. I have not been feeling anxious about the virus because I have been busy […]

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Vegetable gardening in the days of COVID-19, and beyond

An extended period of home isolation might be necessary in the near future to minimize the rapid spread and devastating consequences of the new coronavirus pandemic. Last week, I recommended vegetable gardening as a way to cope with the stress of social distancing and as a source of healthy food and safe outdoor activity. That […]

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The value of gardens and gardening in trying times

This is truly an unprecedented period in the history of our country and our world. The sudden development and rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is upending lives around the planet, and our normal lives and customary routines have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. This column is supposed to be garden-related, but […]

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Growing Dahlias is hard work but very rewarding.

I have grown dahlias for a lot of years and I am still learning how to be successful at propagating this plant from tubers. Dahlias come in various nuances of colors, sizes, and forms and they bloom starting in June continuing to November. Last year I had about 150 Dahlias. They are a bit perplexing […]

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