Author Archives: Jennifer Smith

Mulch Alternatives Around Trees

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  Volcano mulching continues to be an epidemic in the landscape. This got me to thinking, if we cannot get people to avoid mounding mulch up against their trees’ trunks, maybe we should do without mulch all together. Gasp! I …

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A Must-Have Lobelia

  We must have this new lobelia in our gardens! ‘Starship Deep Rose’ blooms earlier than other varieties of cardinal flowers. It has better branches that are upright and firm, and the plant will bloom its first year—a definite plus …

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Patience Is Paying Off!

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Lessons Learned From the Secret Garden Last year (has it been that long?) I introduced you to my new landless gardening adventure. I adopted part of a local park that is a few streets from my building, tucked back in …

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Introduction to Composting

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  Here’s a gem of advice: Composting is nothing more than putting your garden and kitchen scraps in one place. There, isn’t that easy? Here are a few tips to get you started. You cannot do this wrong. The worst …

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Digging Deeper: Garden Know-How

  One of the reasons gardening is a life-long endeavor is that there is always something new to learn about, be it a new garden style, plant, theory, environment or micro-climate. You can scrap your garden and start anew with …

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A Plant to Love: Pink Pig Crepemyrtle

This mid-size crapemyrtle has a lovely pink bloom that is set off by its luscious green foliage. Bred to be disease and mildew resistant, this new introduction by famed plant breeder Dr. Michael Dirr is delighting gardeners. Its smaller stature …

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