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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 several years ago...

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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. It 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 the next month to take...

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Asian Pears

About five years ago my husband and I planted two Asian pear trees in our yard. Our motivation was a cross between curiosity and wanting to save some money. Neither one of us had ever tried an Asian pear, but we like other kinds of pears. If you have ever priced Asian pears at the grocery store, they are quite expensive. Our reasoning was if we could grow these expensive pears at home it would...

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Fall Lawn Care

While you might think it's a bit premature to start talking about fall lawn care, late summer and early fall mark the best time of year to give your lawn some extra attention. After last year's extensive drought, many lawns will benefit from extra attention now that will help improve the lawn's quality well into next year. I'll admit the lawn is just not my top priority. I would rather...

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