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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


If you are a vegetable gardener that planted zucchini this year, this is usually the part of the summer that you are "blessed" with an overabundance of this squash. If you are new to the world of vegetable gardening, you've probably also figured out that generally any more than one plant will produce far more zucchini than any family can reasonably consume. One of my early g...

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Homegrown Tomatoes

I always thought it was common knowledge that most people consider homegrown tomatoes to be superior in flavor to those artificially ripened, cardboard-like tomatoes available at the grocery store. I was telling my husband about what I had researched on homegrown versus commercial tomato flavor for this article, and he was shocked. His response was "Really? They taste different? I had no i...

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Horsetail (Scouring) Rush-- Equisetum

When we bought our house, one thing that stood out to me while looking over the typical "new subdivision" (horrible soil) yard was that there was a lot of horsetail rush ( Equisetum ) growing near the pond. I was intrigued by this odd plant-- I remember it was mentioned in my botany class in college. Others who visited those first few weeks groaned in disgust when they saw it,...

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Butterfly Gardening

Mention butterfly gardening, and visions of colorful butterflies flitting among brightly colored flowers come to mind. But butterfly gardening is not just a means to attract beautiful adult butterflies to the garden. It can be a way to provide support for all life stages and help preserve populations of these beautiful members of the insect world. It's tempting to think that butterfly...

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