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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Poinsettias The weekend marks the traditional beginning of the Holiday Season, despite retailers efforts to make us think that late August is a fine time for Holiday displays to start popping up in stores. Poinsettias are one plant that seems to be in Holiday decorations year after year. Have you ever wondered why the poinsettia is considered by many to be "The Christmas Flower"? If it...

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Cranberry Production

The lowly cranberry doesn't get much attention through the year except at holiday time. During the holiday season, fresh cranberries are once again available in the grocery store. How in the world do they get there? Do they grow on a tree, a plant, or what? The answer may surprise you. Cranberries are native to North America, making them a true "American" fruit. Back in the 1600's, Engl...

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Winter Squash

Winter squash is a misunderstood group of vegetables with an identity crisis. But the poor winter squash didn't do anything to deserve this bum rap. Many people decorate their homes with squash and pumpkins this time of year to evoke the fall season. Ask many of those same people about cooking that squash that has added to their décor, and you will get a blank stare and be asked "How? It's prob...

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Most of us only ever see rosemary as an herb for sale each spring and summer. In recent years I've noticed more and more plants for sale at holiday time, typically trimmed into topiary trees or wreaths. The typical young plants we use in our gardens each year are rather green and succulent, but mature rosemary is a woody shrub-like evergreen plant. Plants purchased during the holidays u...

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