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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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Make a Terrarium: An Overview

Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, English doctor and botany enthusiast, first got the idea of encasing and growing plants in glass when he noticed a fern had sprouted in the soil of a sealed bottle he was using to rear moths.Watching the cycle of moisture condensing and rolling back down into the soil, he wondered if maintaining exotic specimen plants in a [...]

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Decorating with Tillandsia

Are you a gardener with small space woes?  Do you aspire to gardening greatness, but don’t have the best luck keeping your plants alive?  Or, are you just tired of the ordinary, and looking for something a little more exotic to add to your collection?You may want to look into a little genus called tillandsia.Actually, “little” is isn’t [...]

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How Weather Affects Flavor

Have you been trying the cantaloupes the year?  Man, it seems like no matter where they come from—farmer’s market, grocery store, home garden—the cantaloupes have been as buttery and sweet as you could possibly want them to be.And the blueberries and raspberries?  No tartness at all!Just the strong flavor of perfectly ripe berry.  This got us to thinking.  [...]

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Japanese Beetle Management

Insects, bugs, creepy-crawlies, and all of those little creatures that cause you to look down at your arm when you feel the tickle of tiny legs on your skin and send yourself into furious flappings and flailings—they have an important role in your garden, regardless of how weird (spiders), gross (large spiders), and upsetting (large spiders that are hairy [...]

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Mushroom Logs

It seems like our trees can’t catch a break. Here we are, in the middle of June, and we are still seeing some serious branch collapse and, here and there, entire trees tipping over, root ball and all—only this time, it’s due to the regular waves of heavy rain, wind, and thunderstorms putting pressure on old trees [...]

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Flower Pressing

Flower preservation, specifically flower pressing, is a practice dating back many centuries, even to ancient Egypt where, in the tombs of royalty, ritually significant pressed flowers and foliage have been found placed with the dead. Ancient Japanese civilization called this art oshibana, and even samurai warriors painstakingly created entire scenes using leaves and petals. The art of [...]

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