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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Hydrangeas are one of those plants that both enamor and frustrate gardeners. As much as we love them, when they don't live up to either how they looked when we purchased them, or they don't look like the catalog picture, we wonder what we're doing wrong. I planted my first hydrangea as a new homeowner three years ago, and for two of those years hoped no one noticed that the neighbor with her Ph...

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Get Ready for Fall Gardening

As we head towards the dog days of summer, sometimes our enthusiasm for gardening wanes a bit. I am no exception. After watering my hanging baskets and patio pots after work one day this week, you would have thought either A) the hose was turned on me at some point, or B) I had run a marathon that afternoon. Neither was the case-- it was just too hot to...

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Many people who don't consider themselves a vegetable gardener have grown at least a tomato plant or two in their lifetime. Some people I have spoken to are very passionate about what kind of tomatoes they grow. One friend told me recently, "you're wasting your time growing anything but Early Girl". Some people just want a nice round tomato to slice for sandwiches, while others, like myself, se...

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If you've always wanted to grow fruit in your backyard, but were afraid of the time and effort involved, consider raspberries. Relative to a lot of other home grown fruits, raspberries require a lot less attention. Among fruits commonly called raspberries, there are a few different species in the genus Rubus . Rubus is the genus also known as the "brambles",...

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