Cultivation

Help Summer Gardens to Help Themselves

Simplify your summer gardening tasks with these garden chores from Preen. As temperatures rise and the beach beckons, even the most dedicated gardeners feel like slacking off on weekly yard and garden chores. And why not? By late summer, isn’t …

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Growing Blueberries

Ripening blueberry plant

With the growth in edible gardening, blueberries and other fruits have become increasingly popular in gardens. I received a gift of a blueberry bush (Vaccinium chippewa) from my brother Jon for my birthday last month. Knowing that birds like to …

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Growing ‘Minnesota Midget’ Cantaloupe

‘Minnesota Midget’ cantaloupe is a backyard gardener’s dream. These super-sweet, softball-size muskmelons grow on unusual three- to four-foot vines. You can even grow ‘Minnesota Midget’ in a container on your patio, because it is that well behaved. Each plant will …

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Growing Water Lilies

After seeing the Monet’s Gardens at Giverny exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden, I was inspired to learn more about growing water lilies. I have a pond on my property with nothing growing in it except algae. I heard that …

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Perennials Not to Feed

Certain perennials do not benefit from additional fertilizer. Before you spring-feed your garden, review this list of perennials not to feed.

Growing Baby’s Breath

Baby's breath plant

I have a cutting garden that I use to make summer bouquets for my house and for friends. Sometimes it seems like they could use some filler—like the baby’s breath the florist uses. Can I grow baby’s breath?