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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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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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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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