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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Planting Trees

Though the growing season is winding down, there is still time to plant trees. In fact, planting trees in fall is probably a little better than planting them in the spring, and certainly a lot less stressful on the tree (and you!) than planting in the heat of summer. Keep in mind though, that newly planted trees need regular watering for at least the first two to three years after plant...

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"Indestructible" Houseplants

This summer's heat coupled with the associated watering restrictions in Decatur may have some of us thinking of indoor gardening sooner than expected this fall. If you have never grown houseplants, this is the perfect week to start. September 16-22, 2012 is designated as "National Indoor Plant Week", encouraging people to connect with nature by using houseplants in their homes and offices....

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Fall Vegetable Gardening

The dire state of the Decatur area's water supply and the resulting water restrictions in the wake of the summer's horrible drought have made writing my column more of a challenge than usual. I feel horribly guilty writing about plants while the majority of my readers are watching their gardens succumb to the drought before their very eyes. As much as I love gardening, this summer has made it t...

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Rain Gardens

If the local weather forecast proves correct, the pendulum will have swung from way too little rain to way too much rain by the time you are all reading this column. I never imagined in this summer of drought that I would have any reason to mention rain gardens. If you're unfamiliar with this term, a rain garden is a depression in the landscape that is planted with native plants that to...

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