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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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Orchidaceae (Orchids)

Few flowers have captured the esteem and appreciation that comes so readily to orchids the world over.  Their unusual shapes, delicate symmetry, and exotic splashes of color have made them sought after symbols of love and beauty to many cultures through the centuries.  Even now, the orchid boasts dedication from many clubs and societies, and [...]

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More Incredibly Weird Plants

The durian tree produces a fruit that is widely considered in southeast Asia to be the King of Fruits.  The durian fruit is incredibly large, weighing several pounds and up to a foot in length.  The husk is tough and spiked, but when opened reveals a soft and sweet yellow flesh that many consider to [...]

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Keep Your Garden Free of Ticks, Fleas, and Mosquitoes

With summer approaching and the start of summer break for many schoolchildren, families will be spending much more time in the yard playing games, cooking out, having a dip in the pool, and working on the garden.  While this increased activity outdoors is great for keeping in shape and getting much-needed fresh air and sunshine, [...]

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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 pot—we [...]

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