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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Most people think of poinsettias when holiday plants are mentioned. One that is often overlooked but provides years of bang for the buck is the amaryllis. These bulbs will reliably produce gorgeous large blooms year after year with a little basic care. The two most important factors to consider are light and water. Adequate light is needed for the foliage that emerges after the flower stalk to...

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Yam or Sweet Potato?

This Thursday, among all the other tasty dishes crowding our Thanksgiving tables, many of us will find sweet potatoes, 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 various species of the genus Dioscorea that are na...

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Cranberry Production

The lowly cranberry doesn't get much attention through the year except at holiday time. I remember the Thanksgiving my sister Chrissy went to grab the dish of jellied cranberry sauce, and as she reached into the refrigerator and turned a bit too quickly, the beautiful scarlet slices of cranberry sauce went flying across the kitchen and landed with a pitiful plop on the floor. For many of us, th...

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I'm usually a nature lover, but at the moment Mother Nature is trying my patience. With winter approaching, it seems that voles have decided my flower beds would be perfect places to set up housekeeping for the winter. Normally I'm very tolerant of sharing my landscape with wildlife, but when they start trashing the place I consider that a declaration of war. It all started last fall...

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