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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Butterfly Gardening

Mention butterfly gardening, and visions of colorful butterflies flitting among brightly colored flowers come to mind. But butterfly gardening is not just a means to attract beautiful adult butterflies to the garden. It can be a way to provide support for all life stages and help preserve populations of these beautiful members of the insect world. It's tempting to think that butterfly g...

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Slow... Gardening Ahead

Modern life shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. If anything, modern conveniences allow us to pack more activity into each day, usually in the form of "multitasking". Science tells us that the brain can only perform one task at a time effectively, but still our modern sensibilities tell us we are not productive citizens unless we are doing five things at once! If we're not carefu...

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"Irish" or "White" Potatoes

Besides shamrocks, another plant associated with St. Patrick's day and the Irish is the potato. Potatoes had been an important crop to humanity long before they made it to Ireland. Wild ancestors of the modern potato have been traced to the Andes mountains in Peru and Bolivia. The Incas were using potatoes at least 2,000 years before the first European explorers made their way into the...

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Hoya

I've always been a big fan of flowering plants for indoors, but all too often these plants require a level of care that I cannot provide consistently. That doesn't stop me from buying them of course, having convinced myself that I will certainly find the time to provide them the proper care they need. Then reality strikes, and I am busy beyond belief and I forget to water my plants. Or I forget...

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Forsythia

There are many signs of spring, but one that tells me spring is finally really coming, with no turning back is when the Forsythia are in bloom. If like me, you are itching for a little springtime, you can cut a few branches of Forsythia this time of year and bring them indoors. Placed in water in a vase and warm in your home, the bright yellow blooms should open within...

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