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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Tu Bishvat

You may think we are done celebrating the New Year. Think again. For those practicing Judaism, February 3 rd marks the minor holiday Tu Bishvat (or Tu B'Shevat) that is essentially the "New Year for Trees". This day is one of four 'New Years' that occur in the Jewish calendar. Though it is a 'New Year', it might be more appropriate to discuss this holiday around Apr...

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Managing Houseplant Pests

I am an admitted indoor plant addict. Give me a window with good light, and I'll have it filled with plants before you know it. I even have lights so I can grow plants in rooms without good light. But along with all my plants, I've also come to know many unfriendly houseplant pests. The dim, dry winter months indoors seem to intensify pest problems if they are present. A lot of factors...

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A Prescription for Cabin Fever: Start Seeds Indoors

By this time each winter I am chomping at the bit to get my hands dirty. The seed catalogs fill my mailbox, each one taunting me with another new and improved variety of vegetable or flower. Many catalogs offer new varieties as transplants, but I find these a bit cost prohibitive. If they are available, seeds are usually more economical, but how hard is it to grow your own plants from...

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Rex Begonias

This time of year I find myself craving color around my house. After all the holiday decorations come down, everything is a little dull when surrounded by the winter dreariness outside. Many stores will have great specials on indoor plants this time of year. A little greenery certainly is a pick-me-up, but what about more color? You may immediately think of flowering plants, but they...

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