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Donate Your Harvest

The transition of fall into winter marks a time of year when several communities begin preparations and celebrations for a number of different year’s end feasts and festivals.  Many of these special seasonal observances share very similar features, such as a period of reflection over the events of the ending year, and the optimistic acknowledgment of rebirth or regeneration [...]

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Moss and Lichens

Moss and lichens have a long list of garden sins attributed to them.  Moss has been sprayed and ripped up from the ground for appearing to thin and dispatch grass struggling in shady areas, and lichen is associated with rot and sick trees.  It is also popularly believed that the presence of mosses and lichens in the garden, on [...]

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Plants: Still Incredibly Weird

Bleeding Tooth Fungus This might make us queasier if it didn’t look so much like a prop from a sci-fi movie, but we assure you, it’s real, and it’s a plant.Actually, it’s a fungus called Hydnellum peckii, or lovingly, bleeding tooth fungus.We probably don’t need to tell you where that title came from.The young caps are pale pink [...]

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Overwintering Birds

If you’re not a fan of ice skating, snowboarding, skiing, sledding, or being late to work every day for three months because the cold makes you go about your morning routine with the agility of a three toed sloth (a three toed sloth that completely forgot to warm up the car and scrape the windshield first), winter is a [...]

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You'll Regret It: Ivy

Just about every single nursery and garden center has at least one variety of ivy available for purchase.  It is inexpensive, hardy, and very forgiving with neglectful owners.  When planted in hanging baskets or containers in windows or on tall plant stands, ivy will quickly send long and elegant vines cascading down to the floor [...]

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You'll Regret It: Bamboo

Running Bamboo: Destroying Relationships Between Neighbors Since…well, since the first person figured out that the height, thickness, and quick-spreading nature of bamboo made it a great privacy fence.  Unfortunately, without taking precautions and regular maintenance measures, along a fence line, property edge, or deck isn’t where it is likely to stay.  If planted along a [...]

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Why Garden Gnomes?

At some point, you have probably seen a little ceramic garden gnome in a neighbor’s front yard or flowerbed.  At the very least, the words “garden gnome” conjure up a very specific image in your mind: a little man, one to two feet high, with a red cone hat and a long white beard.  People [...]

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Raised Bed Gardening

“The yard didn’t really have any plants in it except for an unknown and overgrown tree, so I thought, I’ll prune it back and dig up a small flower bed underneath for some summer bulbs.  I wanted to make a nice little spot for hanging out when the weather was nicer.  So, I handled the [...]

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Plant and Gardening Myths and Misconceptions

Deer-Proof” PlantsDeer-proof?  Don’t we wish.  There is no such thing as a completely deer-proof plant.  Deer-resistant plants, on the other hand, do seem to exist, but even still, a plant that is deer-resistant in one area may not be resistant in another.  Deer, like us, have a taste for some things, and not others, and [...]

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Plant a Literary Garden

For the bookworms among us, one of the best things about a garden on a quiet day is having a calm and relaxing place to sit and read.  But, here’s an idea: take the story out of the pages and put it in your landscape.  The Secret Garden, beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, tells the [...]

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