Coping With Deer In Yard And Garden

I’m all for urban wildlife and I can understand how people might think in-town deer are fun to watch. But not in my backyard. After 35 years of waging war against these eating machines, Bambi has lost his appeal. Rabbits at least just nibble. Deer consume with reckless abandon. Each year they cause millions of dollars…
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Fifty Degrees In February Not So Fabulous For Plants

Why is it so difficult to have everything? Fifty degrees in February is fabulous, but it makes perennials heave. Now, I’ve got to admit every time I hear a grower say their perennials “heaved,” I try to hide a shouldn’t-laugh-at-a-funeral type of smile. Even though the term is funny, this is serious business. Remember in science class how…
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Purple Passion Adds Pizzazz To Houseplant Collection

I’ve never met a houseplant I didn’t like. Except maybe the fish-hook barrel cactus that attacked  me 40 years ago leaving a permanent scar. Other than a reclusive, overly aggressive barrel cactus, most houseplants appreciate living in groups. The shared humidity creates a favorable environment. Houseplants are even more attractive if there’s contrast in the group. Variegated foliage or colorful-leaved…
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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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