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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Asparagus

A sure sign of spring at the Nelson house is asparagus on the menu. It's my favorite spring vegetable. One of the first things we planted when we moved into our house nine years ago was asparagus. Growing asparagus is best reserved for patient people, as a crop cannot be harvested for three years after planting. This frustrates many home gardeners, and is one factor that makes asparagus...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 4/6/2014
Categories: Fruits, Veggies & Herbs Gardening Guidelines

Spring Lawn Care

Everyone wants to be the person with the yard that greens up first on the block each spring. But what many people don't realize is that the best way to achieve the first green lawn is to begin spring lawn care in the fall. The grasses typically grown in lawns in this area such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and fescue grow best in cool weather. A little extra TLC in late summ...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 3/30/2014
Categories: Gardening Guidelines

Primroses

This winter seems to never want to end. So here we are dreaming of Spring, most people envisioning flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. A flower that in my opinion deserves more attention is the primrose. I first took notice of primroses in high school, when my interest in gardening was developing its own flavor, independent of what my parents wanted to grow, or though...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 3/23/2014
Categories: Gardening Guidelines Ornamentals

Spring Salad Greens

As winter drags on, gardeners are chomping at the bit to be the first out in their gardens. Even if you don't consider yourself a vegetable gardener or a gardener at all, I highly recommend brightening your spring table with some salad greens you can proudly proclaim you grew yourself. It's really not difficult at all, and it's economical. I grew up thinking iceberg lettuce was the only...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 3/16/2014
Categories: Fruits, Veggies & Herbs Gardening Guidelines

Tomatoes

Many people who don't consider themselves a vegetable gardener have grown at least a tomato plant or two in their lifetime. Some people just want a nice round tomato to slice for sandwiches, while others, like myself, seem to grow anything but round red tomatoes. The juicy goodness of a homegrown tomato seems like a far off dream this time of year, particularly this very cold and snowy year....

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:13AM on 3/9/2014
Categories: Fruits, Veggies & Herbs Garden Grab Bag

Pruning

After one of the harshest winters in recent years, gardeners far and wide are prowling around their landscapes, looking for signs of spring, itching to do something, anything in their garden. Well, it's way too early to start digging around in the garden. The ground is way too wet, and digging now will only create rock-hard soil later. But this is the perfect time of year to prune some kinds of...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:50AM on 3/2/2014
Categories: Garden Grab Bag Gardening Guidelines

Cast Iron Plant-- Aspidistra elatior

The old saying that "everything old is new again" definitely applies to the cast iron plant, Aspidistra elatior . Honestly, I had never even heard of this plant until six years ago, but it was introduced into the U.S. over 100 years ago and was very popular during Victorian times. The name "cast iron plant" is a reference to its reputation of being a tough plant that can survive...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:48AM on 2/23/2014
Categories: Houseplants