Spring Rejuvenation Of Overgrown Shrubs

I’ve got two questions. First, do you have an overgrown shrub? And second, do you trust me? What I’m about to recommend takes a leap of faith. Many of us have shrubs that have become overgrown in our yards and landscapes. Lilacs, dogwood, spirea, mockorange and potentilla can become less beautiful with age as the…
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Planning A Landscape Good Enough To Eat

Choosing landscape trees and shrubs that are both edible and ornamental is a trend that has been rediscovered from the days of our ancestors. Besides windbreak trees, homesteads were planted with fruit trees, raspberry and strawberry patches, currants and gooseberries. These plantings not only provided food, but they looked nice also. As with all landscape plants for the…
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Mid-February Gardening Thoughts

Hi Everyone. Well, it won’t be long and we’ll be back outdoors planting, pruning, and potting. February’s a good time to think. Several tasks can be tackled now also. Let’s make a mid-February list. Several flower types can be seeded by now, including begonias, coleus and seed geraniums. They take longer to develop than other…
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How To Tell If Houseplants Need Repotting

I wish houseplants were a little more vocal. If they would only speak up a bit, their care would be easier. “I’m thirsty!” “I’m hungry!” “It’s too dark in here!” “What’s to eat?” “This pot’s too tight!” Actual plant care is a little more subtle, but they do let us know what they need, they just don’t scream…
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Can You Name This Week’s Featured Houseplant?

The game of Name-That-Plant has been fun, so let’s continue. Can you identify this one? Read the entire story and you’ll not only learn the plant’s identity, but also its preferred care. The brightly colored, pointed flower bracts stand above the foliage on tall stalks. This plant is often found growing outdoors in warm, tropical…
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