Old-Fashioned Sweet Peas Experience A Revival

The woven-wire fence surrounding our garden by the back alley of my boyhood home in Lisbon, N.D. always bloomed abundantly with sweet pea flowers. Have you smelled sweet peas? They’re one of life’s greatest simple pleasures, and a bouquet in a glass of water is simple beauty at its fragrant finest. Mom always planted sweet…
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Debunking Internet Story About Male And Female Peppers

I love the internet because it’s so easy to research information about many topics. I never want to see another library’s card-catalog, and I’ve long forgotten how to use the Dewey Decimal system of research. That’s why I’m totally flabbergasted when false internet gardening information is shared, such as the recent post making the rounds…
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Improved Zinnias Are Easy And Prolific

Ever notice how some flowers just seem happy? Zinnias are like that. If flowers could smile, zinnias would be grinning from ear to ear. Maybe it’s because they’ve been making gardeners happy since the days pioneers planted their first flowerbeds. Zinnias are fun and easy, and now they’re better than ever. Here’s the scoop: Zinnias…
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Three Ways To A Green Thumb

Do you know the most common gardening comment I hear? It’s “I just don’t have a green thumb.” My reply is always the same: “Yes you do.” I’m never teasing, either. If one has the desire, our own gardening efforts can make the Royal Gardens at Buckingham Palace look like a paved parking lot in…
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How To Keep Florist Flowers Fresh

Is it true adding aspirin to the water prolongs the life of florist flowers, or is it an old wives’ tale? I’m never quick to dismiss old wives’ tales, because some of the best gardeners I’ve known have been old wives. Other questionable home remedies for keeping flowers fresh include a shot of vodka, a…
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