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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Planting Fall Perennials

It seems to me that each year summer flies by faster and faster. Before we know it, there will be a chill in the air and our gardens will be asleep for the winter. September is the perfect time to take stock of what worked and what didn't in your garden this year. There is also still time to get a head start on next year's garden by planting perennials. Take some time in th...

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Seed Saving

I'm sure it sounds corny, but one of the first "gardening lessons" I remember being given as a young girl was saving seed from marigolds. I remember my mom showing me how to pick the flowers that were dead and dried on the plant and put them in a brown lunch sack. I also remember that brown lunch sack sat in a cabinet in our basement, and if you wanted to plant marigolds in...

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Water-wise Gardening

Don't let this weather fool you. This is not your "normal" August. Typically in mid-August our office fields calls on plants stressed by hot dry weather. This year, we continue to see examples in August of plants that have been adversely affected by too much water during the growing season....

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Night Gardening

Those first few spring days in the garden are deceiving-- we happily work all day in the garden, grateful for the warmth of the sun after a long cold winter. Fast forward a few months, and the thought of working in the sun all day in August seems like cruel and unusual punishment. That's where the idea of night, or moonlight gardening comes in. During the dog days of summer, many of us...

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Salvia

Without consciously realizing it, I have quite a few salvias planted in my landscape. There is huge variation in form and flower color in the genus Salvia , so it's not obvious that they are all related until you look closer. Commonly, these plants are also referred to as sages. Practically speaking, those plants typically used to flavor cooking are called sages, and ornamental plants a...

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