Everyone Please Calm Down And Grow A Plant

If I ask nicely, would everyone who doesn’t have a houseplant please get one? I’m not a political person. I’m happy and contented just minding my plants. But even an introvert like me is aware of the tight-as-a-fiddle-string tension popping up all over, politically and otherwise. Ever notice how uptight some politicians are? Their lack…
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Why Plants Need Winter Insulation

I like gardening words and phrases because they’re often quaint. One of my favorites is asking someone if their perennials heaved. No, it doesn’t mean the plants were sick to their stomachs. It means the perennials literally heave up out of the ground when their roots are torn from the freezing and thawing action of…
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Thankful Even For Gardening Mistakes

Folks who enjoy gardening, lawns, plants and watching things grow have much for which to be thankful this holiday weekend. We’re thankful when things grow the way we hoped. But we can be thankful when things go wrong, because we learn. Here’s a short sample of lessons taught by gardening mistakes. Because the cheap garden…
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Is It Too Late To Prune Trees And Shrubs?

Before we get to our pruning question, have you heard the latest breakthrough in plant breeding? A scientist successfully crossed a four-leaf clover with poison ivy. He had a rash of good luck. Joking aside, we’ve had great gardening weather this fall to get pre-winter preparations finished. But someone recently asked if it’s too late…
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Is It A Thanksgiving Cactus Or A Christmas Cactus?

The Pilgrims should have switched marketing firms. Even the Thanksgiving cactus gets short shrift in the rush to bring on Christmas. We’ve all heard of the Christmas cactus, the beautiful succulent with stems arching over the side of its pot that bursts into bloom in December. But equally as beautiful, and hardly ever mentioned by…
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