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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Calla Lilies

Most of us are familiar with calla lilies as cut flowers, but did you know they are a great summer bulb to plant in your garden or even in a container? What is a summer bulb? Summer bulbs are summer-blooming plants that have some type of underground storage structure. Though called 'bulbs', they may or may not be a true bulb. In central...

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It may sound strange, but springtime, especially Easter time makes me think of horseradish. My dad is Polish, and horseradish is one of his favorite condiments for homemade Polish sausage, often found on my family's table at Easter and beyond. If the only horseradish you've ever seen has been in a jar, you might wonder exactly what part of the plant you are consuming. You ar...

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Rose Rosette Disease

Coincidence is a funny thing. Last summer one of our Master Gardeners showed me an article on rose rosette disease, a fatal disease spreading among cultivated roses in the midwestern, southern, and eastern United States...

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Gardening on a Shoestring

In his book The $64 Tomato, William Alexander chronicles his quest for the perfect garden at the expense of his sanity and much of his money. In these difficult economic times, gardening, especially vegetable gardening, is receiving newfound interest. But you don't have to break the bank to have a great garden this year. Garden centers and catalogs all want to sell you the latest and g...

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