How To Tell If Houseplants Are Getting Enough Light

Besides deciding when to water, deciding how much light to give a houseplant is the next biggest challenge. Sometimes we don’t have much choice. Maybe we have limited window space or our windows face a certain direction or we’d like a plant on a coffee table instead of in front of the window. How can we tell if…
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A Friendly Little Plant To Cheer A Winter’s Day

I couldn’t resist the cheery little plant when I saw it in the store last week. I hadn’t grown one since I was a teenager, so I bought it. The clerk at the checkout counter wrapped it carefully so it wouldn’t freeze to death on the way home. The plant is Moon Valley Pilea, with the…
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Shovel Snow On Perennials For Extra Protection

We associate snow with cold, but there’s a reason Eskimos use it to build houses – snow’s a good insulator. Mother Nature insulates the ground from too-deep freezing by blanketing it with snow. The root system of plants can’t take cold temperatures the way the above-ground branches can. While the branches of adapted trees and shrubs…
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Moving The Gardening Season Indoors

The north wind is howling. The snow is blowing. It’s unspeakably cold outside. The growing season is obviously long gone, right? No, we can’t have that. Gardening is a great hobby and a great pastime and winter give us extra time to focus on our indoor gardening. Growing plants indoors takes the edge off winter. It’s…
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Back At Garden Blog After Pausing To Move House

I’m not very good at multi-tasking. During our summer/autumn house move I was able to keep up with our weekly Forum Communications garden columns Growing Together and Fielding Questions, but I didn’t produce our twice weekly AreaVoices gardening blog for the past several months. My days didn’t stretch far enough, and I missed our blog chats.…
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