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How to Think and Grow Like a Landscape Designer

Even if you’re not a certified landscape designer, you can think like one and create gorgeous outdoor spaces that grow more successfully. Follow these key steps to greater success: Start with a clear idea or goal, build a workable budget, do your research, and plan ahead.

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A Heavenly Garden Party

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It’s bound to happen sooner or later: you’re having a nice conversation with your gardening friends, and someone drops a name of someone they say was “one of the greatest gardeners ever,” and you’ve never heard of them before. Worse, smiles of recognition appear on every face but yours. Don’t worry—here’s what you need to know.

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The Beauty of the Ice Storm in a Gardener’s Eye

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One thing gardening in Cincinnati has taught me is patience; at least it’s doing its best to teach me that fine lesson. Last weekend, I was cutting back Epimedium, admiring daffodil shoots just starting to poke up from the soft bed of pine fines and tweaking my plant list for the winter bird garden. Today, it’s garden books, plant catalogs and fuzzy slippers.

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Mythbusting: Do You Really Need Grow Lights?

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A gardening friend asked: Do I really need grow lights to start seeds indoors or is the sunlight from a western-facing window enough? He was on a budget and wondered if the cost of an indoor system was worth the investment. Depending on what you hope to achieve, you’ve got some options.

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By Popular Demand: The Art of Composting

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For those of us who garden, compost and composting is simply a work of rot—without the unseen work of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, insects and earthworms feeding upon the dead, our living world would be continually engulfed in its rapidly expanding past. Imagine a present-day world awash in a hundred million years’ worth of undigested dinosaur carcasses, and you will understand the significance of the decomposers

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In a Changing Climate You’d Better Understand Phenology

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The January/February 2018 issue of Horticulture ran an article about gardening in a changing climate, and boy did we hit a nerve. Well, maybe it was only the nerve of one reader we jangled. She phoned me to tell me she was dropping her subscription because we wrote about climate change. Her words exactly were, “What kind of radical leftist did you get to write that article?!” Ouch.

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Myth busting: Where in the world do deer-proof plants exist

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If you’re wondering which plants are absolutely deer-proof, wonder no more. There are none. If deer are hungry enough, they’ll eat just about anything. Preferences vary by deer species and the region in which they live, as well. That said, one excellent plant list can be found at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s website.

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