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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Strawberries-- Fragaria spp.

Few would argue that a sure sign of summer approaching is the first strawberries of the season. You may think "First strawberries? But aren't they in the store all the time?" That's where as modern people we forget that every fruit and vegetable at one time was only available fresh for a limited time each year. With increasingly efficient shipping methods and produce bred to withstand t...

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Panicled Golden Raintree-- Koelreuteria paniculata

Before I was ever a homeowner, I had a "wish list" of plants I wanted in my very own yard, including some trees. Little did I know that I would end up with a completely blank slate to work with in a new subdivision. This has presented its own set of unique opportunities and challenges over the last four years, working to improve the clay-filled substance that passes for soil in our area....

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For me, a sure sign that spring has truly arrived and summer is not far behind is the return of the hummingbirds. Their rapid, darting flight is unlike any other animal in the garden. Many people want to attract hummingbirds to their garden, and luckily it's a relatively easy thing to do. Hummingbirds are uniquely an "American" bird. They are found only in the Western Hemisphere, in Nor...

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One of my favorite herbs is lavender. It was one of the first herbs I planted when I started my own little garden in the corner of my family's vegetable garden. It was also one of the first herbs I planted at my own home. My fist attempts at growing lavender were a bit disappointing-- the plants only lasted a year or two at most, and I could never figure out why they weren't hardier. T...

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