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Gardenia

Who can resist bending down for a sniff after walking past a blooming gardenia?  Those gardening in the southeast can tell you that there is nothing like a warm summer breeze perfumed with the fragrance of gardenias, named by Carl Linnaeus for fellow naturalist, Dr. Alexander Garden, a resident of South Carolina.  Though a favorite [...]

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Beneficial Weeds?

KudzuAsk anyone living in Georgia about his least favorite plant, and there’s a good chance you’ll learn a few things about the mile-a-minute vine or The Vine That Ate the South.   Sadly, its nicknames aren’t inaccurate.  Kudzu occupies an estimated seven million acres of land in the United States, mostly in the southeast, and continues [...]

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Arbors, Pergolas, and Trellises

Adding an arbor, pergola, or trellis to your landscape may be just the thing to spruce up a lackluster patio, porch, walkway, or yard area.  These vertical growth supports, while adding elegance and romance to your garden, will increase your gardening space, decrease difficulty reaching the plant for pruning and maintenance, and, when strategically placed, [...]

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Aquilegia (Columbine)

One of our favorite perennials to grow in the flowerbed is columbine.  Everything from its dark green lobed leaves to its bright ruby and royal blue and purple blooms seems a purposefully whimsical design by nature to get us bright and cheery after cold, gray winter. Columbine is a highly recognizable flower due to its unique [...]

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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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