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Aquilegia (Columbine)

One of our favorite perennials to grow in the flowerbed is columbine.  Everything from its dark green lobed leaves to its bright ruby and royal blue and purple blooms seems a purposefully whimsical design by nature to get us bright and cheery after cold, gray winter.  Columbine is a highly recognizable flower due to its unique [...]

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Seed Starting Basics

We are nearing the beginning of February, and gardeners everywhere are beginning to receive their first seed catalogs in the mail, scan the internet for new ideas and varieties, and prepare for planting day.  While many of us have a wait until we can till up the garden soil and sow outdoors, we can still [...]

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A Quick Guide to Plant Nutrition

Like us, plants need a variety of nutrients to stay healthy and thriving.  Most of us are aware of the N-P-K needs of plants (these values are clearly listed on the labels of most commercial fertilizers), but there are also several trace minerals and nutrients that are just as important to healthy plant growth.  Figuring [...]

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Uncommon Herbs

We all love the aroma and tastes of fresh cut parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, but sometimes we need to switch it up. There are so many different herbs that can be grown in your own backyard that will add new and exciting flavors to your favorite recipes, so go ahead and explore! We have gathered [...]

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Shade Gardening

With some varieties flowering, some featuring vibrant fall foliage or striking leaf shapes or bark, large beautiful trees can be the centerpieces of your landscape.  Our trees provide much appreciated resting and living spaces for wildlife, and give us shelter from the sun so that we can enjoy our yards in the summer.  Unfortunately, our [...]

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Juice Gardening

Juice It Up! Juicing is a relatively new health trend gaining popularity throughout the U.S. But why? Haven’t we always drank juice? Turns out, the difference between the apple juice you find in the grocery store and the juice that comes from a juicer is great. Juicing your own fruits and vegetables allows you to closely monitor [...]

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Growing Asparagus

Growing asparagus takes time and patience. Gardeners and growers can expect to wait about two years before their first asparagus harvest, but many feel as though the perennial winter crop is worth the wait. An asparagus plant can live up to 20 years, produces attractive ferns, and will yield about half a pound of asparagus [...]

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Ending Waste With Your Garden

Waste is a bummer.  Waste, aside from being disappointing in general, is a huge source of money loss when we’ve missed the opportunity to reuse something and get more bang for our buck.  This is particularly noticeable when it comes to food items, like fruit and produce, which we often purchase based on weight.  Bananas [...]

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Earth Day

Earth Day: how it began and what it means now44 years ago, on April 22, 1970 more than 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day. The previous years had been no strangers to protests- the Vietnam War had pushed people to the streets and created a culture of social movements. When people started [...]

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Become a Certified Master Gardener

Does any of this sound like you? (check all that apply):Are you unable to refrain from identifying and giving at least one fact aloud about plants passed on the street (usually to friends and family who are beginning to get really tired of it)?Will you slow nearly to a stop in traffic to admire a [...]

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