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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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Get Creative with Container Gardening

Container GardeningIf you don’t have a lot of real estate on your lawn for planting, container gardening is an easy and fun way to introduce some color and life to your yard, deck, or patio. Now, we don’t mean just buying a plant and some potting soil and throwing it into a little green [...]

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Espalier Fruit Trees

Gardening in small spaces, as we know, can be a challenge, but clever gardeners are coming up with new approaches to maximizing yard space all of the time. Still, some planting dilemmas are difficult to solve without a lot of room. Take fruit trees, for example: how do you grow apples, pears, or [...]

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The Advantages of Alternative Ground Cover

With temperatures expected to reach just shy of eighty for the second day in our beautiful Maryland, we can finally be sure that spring is here.  Now is the time to loosen up the garden, apply compost and soil amendments, pick out plants and seeds, and have at some serious landscape maintenance and spring garden [...]

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Eco-Friendly Gardening

Native Plants“Plant native” is an oft-repeated phrase in the world of ecologically friendly gardening, but not without reason.  Greenhouses, catalogs, and the internet give gardeners the ability to find plants from all over the world to put in their landscape, provided they can survive the climate.  There are hybrid and hardy varieties of warmer weather [...]

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Water Gardening

So, you have filled all of your flowerbeds, pruned and manicured your trees and shrubs beautifully, and have more beans and corn and tomatoes and berries than you can give away.  What’s next?  If you are itching for a new and rewarding gardening project, you should get out your shovel and try your hand at [...]

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Incredibly Weird Plants

Corpse FlowerAt up to three feet in diameter, Raffelesia arnoldii holds the title for largest single bloom on Earth.  This monstrous flower hails from Sumatra and Borneo, and its size isn’t all that’s weird about it.  These giant flowers are red, fleshy, and speckled, and feature a huge cup in the center that can hold [...]

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