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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Planting Trees

Several years ago I heard the saying, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." While I understood the truth of this statement when I originally heard it, it didn't really have personal significance to me until fairly recently. It was becoming a homeowner that made this statement take on new meaning to me. Adding to this new meaning was the...

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Honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder

In considering the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening, one of the more social and environmental aspects often touted is teaching children where their food comes from. But believe me, there are plenty of adults and kids alike that think our food comes from the store, and have never considered that someone had to grow that food somewhere. Even if you know about growing fruits and...

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When you think of gardens in the spring, most people think of flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. A flower that in my opinion deserves more attention is the primrose. I first took notice of primroses in high school, when my interest in gardening was developing its own flavor, independent of what my parents wanted to grow, or thought was worth growing. I grew up learn...

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Passion flower

My first encounter with a passion flower plant was back in high school when I succumbed to a display at my local garden center. The display promised beautiful passion flower plants easily grown from seed, and prominently featured was a gorgeous picture of a passion flower. I remember the seeds were packaged in yellow plastic eggs, and the package showed a cartoon of a very happy gardener and a...

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Hardiness and Heat Zones

Sometimes looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to mail-order plant catalogs. It's hard not to be seduced by the glossy colorful pages, each one filled with plants that will surely look stunning in your garden. Or will they? I'm sure many of us have planted a plant that we know will look "perfect" in a particular spot, only to have it die–maybe not at first,...

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