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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus is a lesser known holiday plant compared to the poinsettia, but no less spectacular in my opinion. Their flowers are truly unique, and unlike poinsettia, it is relatively easy to coax a Christmas cactus into re-blooming each year. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter cacti, commonly called 'holiday cacti' are named all in reference to the time of year they typically bloom...

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Avoiding Garden Gift Gimmicks

Holiday catalogs are filled with gadgets for the person that has everything, and gardeners are no exception. As our inboxes and mailboxes fill with offers and catalogs promising the "perfect gift" that will make gardening quicker, easier, cost less, yield more, and are the key to a perfect garden, you might start to wonder what to believe. There are a lot of gifts on the market that sou...

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Mice

Although the topic of mice is really not a horticultural topic, or exists at the far fringes of horticulture at best, every fall our office gets calls about mice. Fall is the time of year mice are looking for a warm place to spend the winter. This is especially true if you live anywhere remotely rural. Even a park can be a source of mice. My husband and I live near both woods and farm f...

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Yam or Sweet Potato?

There are certain foods we tend to associate with the Holidays, but we may call them by different names. For example, many of us will find sweet potatoes gracing our tables, while some families refer to them as yams. Which is it? What are you actually eating? While we sometimes use the name interchangeably, yams and sweet potatoes are two totally different plants. The yam includes vario...

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