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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Common Tomato Problems

  Home vegetable gardening continues its rise in popularity. A survey by the National Gardening Association showed a 19% increase in home vegetable gardening from 2008 to 2009. Tomatoes are a great beginner plant for those new to gardening, and offer incredible diversity in shape, size, color and flavor for the seasoned gardener looking for variety.   At some point, eve...

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Creating Serenity in the Garden

As hot as temperatures have been lately, serenity is not the word that comes to mind when I'm out in my garden lately. Sweltering, blazing, and baking are more like it. But there is a moment at the beginning and end of the day, when the sun is not burning down that a sense of serenity or peace sneaks in. Serenity is defined as being calm and untroubled; without worry, stress, or disturb...

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In search of a versatile shrub for your landscape? Consider Viburnum , a diverse genus containing over 150 different species, and hundreds of cultivars. Viburnums are native to the northern hemisphere, many native to North America. Ranging in size from small shrubs under three feet tall to small trees about twenty feet tall, there is no shortage in diversity among this genus....

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Ornamental Grasses

When choosing ornamental grasses for your home landscape, it will save you time and frustration to know a little about the two basic growth habits of grasses. Incidentally, these growth habits apply to grasses used for turf as well.   Grasses will tend to grow in two ways-- as clumps that get thicker and wider, or as a spreading mass which sends out rhizomes or stolons to colonize a...

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Whether you plan on harvesting their fruit or not, blueberry bushes are a star in the landscape. Their white flowers in the spring and blazing red fall color provide for multiple seasons of interest. If you want to grow a truly American crop, grow blueberries. The only place they are found in the wild is in Eastern North America. Native Americans ate the fruits fresh and dried, but also...

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