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Why It Helps to Have a Plan B in the Garden

Plan B

Despite our best-laid plans, each season’s garden seems to have a mind of its own, so it’s good to have a Plan B. Even given our best efforts, the weather plays a part, and the insects—both good and bad. This season has been a series of subtle, and some not-so-subtle, reminders that I’m not the boss of the Bettman Gardens; the gardens are the boss. 

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Staking Tomatoes Like a Pro Will Boost Your Harvest

Staking tomatoes makes all the difference in the health and production of your plants. I learned the hard way the first year I grew tomatoes. I allowed the plants to sprawl on the ground. It required no work on my part, but many of the tomatoes rotted before they were harvested, and blight quickly claimed the plant. Staking eventually saved the day!

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Easy-to-Follow Tips for Growing Trees In Pots

growing trees in pots

Japanese maples are the very best selection for growing trees in pots (or containers). Their incredible diversity of color and form provides an inspiring selection from which to choose, while their slow growth habit and their shallow, fibrous roots perfectly suit them to container culture. Expert grower Patricia Smyth shares these easy-to-follow tips.

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