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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Fairy Gardens

A gardening trend that has been gaining in popularity is fairy gardening. I mentioned fairy gardens in passing to a friend recently and he had no idea what I was referring to, in fact he thought I was making it up. Even after I explained it, he didn't seem to get the point, but a lot of people have taken to this new trend and are looking at their gardens in a whole new way. The basic id...

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American Robin

Last week in the midst of freezing rain and an absolutely miserable winter day, I was driving through my neighborhood and I noticed a robin in a neighbor's lawn. I thought it was a bit odd, then I saw another. And another. And another. I looked up and saw a tree full of robins! A couple of years ago my co-workers and I had noticed a few robins near the Piatt County office–but I ha...

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"Indestructible" Houseplants

I'm sure the bitter cold this past week has made a lot of us long for the first warm spring day. Having a few houseplants around can help to satisfy the desire to have something green and growing near us when winter is wearing out its welcome. I have had even experienced, accomplished gardeners lament to me that they can't keep houseplants alive. There are a lot of factors that contribu...

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TFAPA terrarium blog

Terrariums

I think there is some truth to the saying "everything old is new again". After attending a terrarium workshop a few years ago, I was reminded how fun this type of gardening can be, even during the dark cold days of winter. I vaguely remember my grandma having a terrarium at some point in the 1970's, and there has been a resurgence in these gardens in the last few years. I've gone on to teach my...

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