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A Basic Course On Bird Feeding

Now is the perfect time to think about attracting bird visitors to your yard. Bird watching is a great hobby that can be enjoyed by both younger and older members of the family and getting started is easy. Continue reading

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Lime Time? Why Not?

Fertilizers can’t do the whole job of keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful because they can’t raise the pH of acid soil. Poor lawns are often the result of acidic soil. Lime is an excellent way to correct low soil pH. Continue reading

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Colormania In Shrub Form

Fall is an excellent time for gardening! Summer vacations are complete, nights are cool, days are warm days, there is morning and evening dew and the soil is warm. This is the perfect recipe for successful planting. This time of year there many quality shrubs available sporting the fantastic colors of fall. Add a few of these to the recipe and enjoy immediately. Continue reading

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Perennial Plant of the Year 2013: Variegated Solomon’s Seal

The Perennial Plant Association has announced its Perennial Plant of the Year selection for 2013. And the winner is … wait for it … Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (the crowd cheers)! Continue reading

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No Joke, You CAN have a vegetable garden in the fall/winter months!

Fall is a great time to plant an autumn garden to extend the growing season. Many vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower are of a higher quality when grown in the fall, while others, like kale, develop better flavor after a frost. Continue reading

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Lay Out The Welcome Mat For Birds

It’s amazing how many birds you can attract to your garden if you invite them with the right plants and shelter. When you have birds, you not only have the enjoyment of watching and hearing them but you also have less insect pests in the garden! Continue reading

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There Is A Way, Around Clay That Is!

Clay soil is problematic. It is sticky, heavy, wet and stinky making it tough to work with. It is slow to drain after a storm, slow to warm in the spring and difficult for plant root to penetrate. Continue reading

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OF THE VARIEGATED VARIETY: Variegated Shrubs for the Landscape

Variegated shrubs can brighten up a dull or shady border and add interest in the garden when flowers are scarce. Avoid planting variegated shrubs next to each other or too close together. Instead, plant them among plain foliage plants where the leaf coloring will be hi-lighted and therefore better appreciated. Continue reading

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Less Pain, More Gain: Ergonomics in the Garden

Merriam-Webster defines Ergonomics as: an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely. Continue reading

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The Cottage Garden

English in origin, the primary function of the cottage gardens was for growing vegetables, fruit and herbs for the home. Continue reading

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