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2018 Garden Intentions

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. Instead I think about things I would like to accomplish next year and if I do, great, if I don't I'm not feeling bad for "breaking" my New Year's resolutions. So here is my 2018 Garden Intentions List: Grow my soft succulent collection. Have I told you how addicting they are?! The variety, the colors, the ability to propagate mo...

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Disposing of Cut Christmas Trees

Not long after the presents are unwrapped, relatives are back home, and the outside Christmas lights end their merry twinkling, one more task is taking down the Christmas tree. For those, like me, who use a fake tree, the process is simple. We take down the ornaments, fold the tree like an umbrella, and store it away downstairs until next year. Growing up my parents always got a fresh c...

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Stepping into the world of Succulents

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

So recently I've become a bit re-obsessed with succulents, especially soft succulents you can grow indoors. It started back when I did a presentation on Hardcore Houseplants and came across a kalanchoe called Panda Plant in my research. Then I was up visiting my mom for Thanksgiving and she has a very large Jade plant that needed a trim. Being a sucker for plant propagation – I took the cutting...

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What if Winter Never Arrives in the Midwest?

I've heard it on the news, in conversation, and social media, "This warm late fall weather sure is great! I hope the entire winter is like this!" Is this weather great? Of course! Last weekend I took my kids out to Dickens on the Square, a pleasant downtown event in Macomb. In years past, we are bundled up, freezing as we walk from activity to activity. This year, 2017, Dickens on the S...

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Waltzing Through Seed Catalogs

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Eeep!! It's December! Where did 2017 go? This time of year is always a bit melancholy but for gardeners, the sun is right over the horizon. Seed catalogs will soon be gracing mailboxes all over. I love seed catalogs – all the beautiful pictures and information to entice you, usually resulting in your eyes being bigger than your garden space. It's so easy to be drawn in by new varieties...

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