With Mounting Problems, Should Autumn Blaze Maples Be Planted?

There is one plant about which I’ve receive more emails and questions than any other in the past 38 years. It’s Autumn Blaze maple, and inquiries have far outpaced even questions about the best time to transplant rhubarb. The questions of course don’t address Autumn Blaze maples that are doing wonderfully. They’re about Autumn Blaze that…
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Is It True Peonies Need Ants To Bloom?

Peonies have been especially beautiful this year. They make a great cut flower, except for a few ants that hitchhike indoors. You don’t have to search far to locate ants on the plump, round flower buds of peonies. Is it true that ants are required for peony flower buds to open normally, or is it…
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Garden Weeds – If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em

I’ve always hesitated to eat weeds, although I was told they’re delicious. I’ve spent the better part of my life eradicating purslane, pigweed and lamb‘s quarters. Even if they’re edible, I’ve considered them dietetically unclean. Who knows where those weeds have been. Everyone knows dandelions can be eaten, and many of us have given them a…
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New Hardy Perennial Mums

Well, I certainly can’t keep mum about this. A new series of perennial mums (short for chrysanthemum) has proven winter hardy in our USDA Zone 4, and possibly into Zone 3. Mums are the most spectacular of fall-blooming perennial flowers, often blossoming until the snow flies. But winter hardiness has always been such a problem…
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Boost Tomato Growth With These June Tips

Would you eat a new fruit if someone told you it was poisonous? How about just a little taste to check out its flavor? No? I wouldn’t either. Neither did our European ancestors when confronted with the new-fangled Central American fruit called the tomato. For over 200 years it was grown in European gardens as…
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