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Turn Your Garden into an Episode of HGTV

Have you ever turned on HGTV and drooled over that well put-together outdoor garden area that the producers deliberately scroll across the screen in slow-motion? “Thanks HGTV, now I must-have THAT look.” True, it takes time and money to develop the picture-perfect look for your backyard; but keep reading to learn how you can turn your dull outdoor décor [...]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Plant a Vegetable/Fruit Garden Each Year!

    5 Reasons Why You Should Plant a Vegetable/Fruit Garden Each Year! So, let me guess…. You’ve never planted a garden before and you want to try it out. I think it’s important to recognize all the benefits to growing a garden, of course it saves you money on groceries, and it helps your health… but did you ever [...]

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How To: Make a Hypertufa Planter

When more and more gardeners are discovering their love of the plant world via saving some dollars on food, medical remedies, cosmetics, and the many other things that can be made in the garden, it stands to reason that when an expensive gardening trend comes around, there’s always a smarty-pants gardener who figures out how to make it for [...]

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Coffea (The Coffee Plant)

We have brought a lot of different plants into the home over the years.  A lot.…Like, the goal is to slowly recreate the tropical rain forest exhibit in the National Aquarium, but with a couch, a computer, and Persian cats instead of sloths (basically the same thing).  We are lucky enough to have local greenhouses that specialize in exotic [...]

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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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