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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Eggplant

In my own limited experience, it seems like there is no middle ground in fondness for eggplant. People either seem to love it or hate it, with no in between. I don't remember ever eating it growing up. I recall my mom saying she didn't really like it, and it took a long time to prepare, so there would be no eggplant in the Schultz house. My first taste of eggplant was a few years ago w...

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Geranium

At first mention of the word geranium, I imagine most of us picture a red-flowered annual. Technically speaking though, what we commonly refer to as a geranium is a member of the genus Pelargonium . There is a genus Geranium , which is related to Pelargonium , but they look very different. The genus Geranium contains over 400 species of annual, perennia...

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Watermelon

In my opinion, one of the greatest things on a blazing hot summer day is a cool slice of watermelon. A favorite family picture of mine is of me and my grandpa–I'm about five years old, and we're both eating watermelon. Young and old, we're sitting in exactly the same position, intently focused on the big watermelon slices in our hands. As a kid, I remember an added bonus of eatin...

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Caryopteris

It seems like this time of year our gardens are just as exhausted in the heat as we are. Some might say their garden just looks "tired out". What a great description! We've waited in anticipation for spring and summer's colorful displays, and by August sometimes plants are looking a bit stagnant and worn. One way to reinvigorate the late summer garden is by using later-flowering plants...

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