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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

American Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua

Mention the word "sweetgum" near a person who encounters this tree on a regular basis, and I bet they'll tell you how much they hate the fruit from this tree, often referred to as "*&%$# gumballs!" We get plenty of calls from homeowners that are fed up with the nonstop stream of gumballs falling from their sweetgum. "Is there any way to stop the tree from m...

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Ornamental Purple Millet ‘Purple Majesty’ Pennisetum glaucum

Sometimes what is called a "plant breeding breakthrough" is in reality a combination of luck and a looking through another person's eyes. Developing ornamental purple millet 'Purple Majesty' is a great example. 'Purple Majesty' earned the prestigious Gold Medal distinction as an All-America Selection (AAS) in 2003. But 'Purple Majesty' was not initially developed with home gardeners in...

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Cover crops

You might think that gardening is over for 2005, and it's too early to think about 2006. Think again! Preparations made in your garden now will give you a head start for 2006. Cover crops are one way to improve your soil during the winter months without a lot of time and effort. Cover crops, also called "green manure", are ideal for vegetable gardens and annual flower beds....

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Ornamental Kale-- Brassica oleracea

Ornamental Kale Brassica oleracea The thought of fall annuals usually conjures up images of mums and perhaps pansies. Another often overlooked option is ornamental kale. Ornamental kale is technically the same genus (Brassica) and species (oleracea) as the more familiar broccoli, cabbage, and other cole crops. It is also genetically the same as kale gr...

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