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Container Gardening

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  Why has container gardening been a constant feature of gardening for centuries? Easy—you can do anything in a container, from growing edibles to pagoda dogwoods to vining plants to a prairie in miniature. Be it a plain plastic pot …

Edible Spotlight: Edible Art

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  This broccoli is so attractive it was given the name ‘Artwork’. New to the home gardener, ‘Artwork’ is a long-yielding variety that offers side shoots that continue to emerge long after the first crown has been harvested. More than …

The Dirt on Public Gardening

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  There are entire crews of gardeners who work in public spaces, yet not all are public employees. Be it the local conservatory, cemetery, botanical garden or museum landscape, many public gardens are tended by people just like you and …

Tips for Storing Birdseed

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If you plan on feeding the birds this winter you will want to invest in a good storage system. Not only will you prevent critters like mice and bugs from destroying the seed, but the seed will stay fresh longer …

Flavor Before Flowers

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Persian basil is winning well-deserved praise. This basil is easy to grow and it has a great shape, large leaves and a wonderful taste. The flowers, which are also attractive, emerge later, saving time on pinching back the plant. The …

Planning the Spring Edible Garden

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Before you plant, before you map out the garden, before you even start buying seeds, there are a few things to take into consideration when planning your new spring edible garden. Time: Responsibilities outside the garden can change from year-to-year. …

Edible Spotlight: Dolce Fresca Basil

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  This new basil is compact, fragrant and perfect for container and traditional gardens and it is delicious. The compact nature of ‘Dolce Fresca’, less than 2 feet tall, makes it ideally suited for container and windowsill gardens. This basil …

A Rekindled Garden

Cool-season gardening—I must confess I can’t take credit for discovering the phenomenon. Come to find out, our grandmothers gardened that way, and old gardening books recommended the practice. It just seems to have fallen out of gardening fashion.  I stumbled …