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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Flowering Crabapple

The crabapple is a tree highly valued for its springtime flowers, small to medium growth habit, and its fruit. This time of year, the crabapple grabs the spotlight with its spectacular flower display. There are about 35 different species of crabapple in the world. They are sometimes commonly referred to as "wild apples". There are an additional 20 or so domesticated apple sp...

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One of the sure signs that warm weather is here to stay, and not just teasing us is when lilacs bloom. Their sweet scent conjures up thoughts of green grass and blue skies of a beautiful spring day. Though lilacs are a very common sight around the U.S., they are native to Europe and Asia. Lilac...

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Spring Salad Greens

With the price of everything including groceries climbing higher and higher all the time, I highly recommend brightening your spring table with some salad greens you can proudly proclaim you grew yourself. It's really not difficult at all, and it's economical. I grew up thinking iceberg lettuce was the only kind of lettuce people ate. This was way before so many greens opti...

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Battle lines are being drawn in lawns across much of the U.S. this time of year. It's time to face the big bad weeds threatening the American dream of a great looking lawn full of beautiful green grass. One of the weeds that is an ongoing threat in most lawns is crabgrass. Though we haven't real...

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