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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Rosemary was one of the first herbs I grew from seed. I remember buying the packet with some of my babysitting money in high school, and coaxing a few seedlings to grow. Since then I've learned it's much easier to buy rosemary plants, since the seeds are very slow to germinate, if they germinate at all, and rosemary is not reliably hardy in our Zone. Most of us only ever see rosemary a...

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Currants & Gooseberries

I grew up in a family that always had a garden, including fruits, but I never ate a currant until I was 25 years old. The ones I tried were red, and I thought they were great eaten fresh. According to what I read in researching this article though, redcurrants are not typically eaten fresh, but usually cooked. Oh well! I still liked them. Besides that, they are an interesting plant with ties to...

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Black Walnut

Plants have evolved some pretty interesting ways of insuring their own existence in the world. One tactic that fascinates me is allelopathy, which means that one plant harms another with chemicals it produces. A common example, and one that plagues homeowners is the black walnut, Juglans nigra , a tree native to eastern North America, including...

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Blueberries might seem like a topic more suited to the spring or summer, since that's when the tasty berries are in season. Their white flowers in the spring and blazing red fall color make an excellent addition to your landscape, whether you plan on harvesting their fruit or not. Blueberries are also a very appropriate topic with Thanksgiving right around the corner. According to the...

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