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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Sago Palm Cycas revoluta

Did you know you can buy prehistoric plants at your local discount store? The sago palm is such a plant. It is really not a palm at all, but a cycad. Cycads are an ancient group of plants that were around even before the dinosaurs, during the Permian Era over 200 million years ago. Fossils of cycads are found on nearly every continent. They were the dominant type of plant life on this...

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Pomegranate Punica granatum L.

Pomegranates are finally getting their fifteen minutes of fame. I remember eating them in grammar school, savoring the juicy red seeds, while classmates wondered what in the world I was eating, and brave souls ventured a taste. Pomegranates have been cultivated and consumed for thousands of years in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia. Currently, pomegranates are gaining much attention in...

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Florigraphy (the meaning of flowers)

When sending flowers for Valentine's Day, most people automatically think of roses. In the language of florigraphy, or meanings attached to specific flowers, the rose symbolizes love and passion. But maybe you want to do something new and different this year. Or maybe an often-expensive rose arrangement just doesn't fit your budget this year. With a little research, you can put together a uniqu...

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If you are a connoisseur of compost, you are probably familiar with vermicomposting, or composting using worms. Vermicomposting, like "regular" composting, can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. No matter what degree of complexity you prefer, every system has one common goal: to convert food wastes into usable compost for the garden. A man named Marcus Cato, who was a Rom...

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