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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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Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)

When it comes to houseplants, there is one specimen in our indoor jungle that is near and dear to our hearts. Well, not to say that all of our houseplants aren’t near and dear, but one in particular stands out for its stubborn refusal to let go despite trauma after trauma. During the most bitter winter we’ve [...]

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Suppressing Weeds

BarriersWeed control barriers are widely available at home improvement stores and nurseries. Installing a barrier in your garden beds will completely remove light from weed seeds, and will literally stand in the way of any sprouts poking up toward the surface. Commercially available weed fabrics and plastics are intended to be semi-permanent to permanent barriers, so they can’t be [...]

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Overwintering Tropicals

Where we live, it seems like the first sign of spring and summer’s arrival is all of the gigantic hanging baskets appearing on front porches. Being a pretty old city, many neighborhoods feature at least a few big beautiful Victorians and old farm houses with long spacious front porches—perfect for displaying lush hanging ferns, cascading ivy, waving petunias and [...]

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Garden Infusions

The best part of a meal at a nice Italian restaurant, especially when you show up hungry, is that basket of warm homemade bread. Come to think of it, it can also be the worst part of your meal, since when it comes out, you fall upon it like a ravenous beast, and end up having to [...]

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Cats and Your Houseplants: An Epic Tale of Love and Betrayal

There are dog people and cat people. Then, there are dog people gardeners and cat people gardeners. Being a lover of either four-legged friend comes with some challenges if you also happen to love your plants. Dog owners definitely have a lot to deal with if their pet happens to be a handful—some more irritating behaviors include [...]

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Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Rosmarinus officinalis is officially the most useful, most fragrant, and most delicious herb on the planet. Period. End of story. The End.…Okay, alright, so there are some other pretty good herbs out there, and you might even think they are the best herbs ever. Thyme has a lemony fresh scent and takes your homemade soups [...]

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Tea Gardening

How to grow your own organic teaWhether it’s a tall glass of iced tea a hot day or a warm mug of hot tea on a crisp morning, tea is the ultimate drink of comfort. Throughout history, people have been drinking tea for medicinal and health purposes, but only recently has tea proved to provide antioxidants that can act as [...]

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Create Your Own Container Pond

Some of the coolest trends and ideas in gardening that have come out in the past few years have had to do with making gardening more accessible to those that, for a variety of reasons, aren’t able to have a traditional garden. Primarily, these have to do with a lack of space, having no outdoor space, being a [...]

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