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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Butterfly Gardening

Mention butterfly gardening, and visions of colorful butterflies flitting among brightly colored flowers come to mind. But butterfly gardening is not just a means to attract beautiful adult butterflies to the garden. It can be a way to provide support for all life stages and help preserve populations of these beautiful members of the insect world. It's tempting to think that butterfly g...

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Japanese Beetles-- Popillia japonica

They're back! My least favorite pest of the season has made its presence known in the last week or so. I spotted a few Japanese beetles while attending the Macon County Master Gardener Garden Walk last weekend. I had heard rumors, but I saw them with my own eyes in all their oily-colored glory out among the beautiful gardens that were on the Walk this year. I haven't seen them in my yard yet, b...

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Watersmart Gardening

Once again we've been blessed with adequate rain this spring. Thankfully it has not been like Spring 2009, where many of us were a month or more behind in our gardens due to weather conditions. Of course some of us, yours truly included, always feel like they're behind no matter what the weather, but that's a subject for another column. It's hard to discuss water-saving methods in the g...

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The only apricots I ever ate were dried until fairly recently. I always liked the dried ones, but for some reason never considered that it would be possible to eat fresh ones. Strangely enough I never encountered fresh apricots until after I was married. Now I wish I would have found them sooner. They are wonderful. Apricots are native to...

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