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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Plant a Kitchen Garden

As a person that has been in a vegetable garden every year since she could hold a trowel, I find it humorous that according to the 2011Trend Report by the Garden Media Group, "gardening with a purpose"– which includes growing your own food, is one of this year's hot trends in gardening. I guess my family was trendy without even realizing it!   Their surveys also found that veg...

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Daffodil, Narcissus, or Jonquil?

My favorite spring flowering bulb is the daffodil. They multiply effortlessly, and squirrels and deer detest their taste. What more could a person ask for in a bulb? Our investment in hundreds of daffodil bulbs when we bought our home created a lot of work to get them all planted, but the numbers of bright blooms have increased each year with absolutely no effort on our part. What exact...

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Wild Violets

As a young girl I had a different sense of what constituted a "weed". I would make gardens by transplanting various volunteer plants I found sprouting up in the garden or the yard. This got me into plenty of trouble! Most of the time what I cultivated was a carefully manicured garden of weeds, or occasionally flowers grown from seed.   One of the plants I routinely transplanted from...

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This winter seems to never want to end. So here we are dreaming of Spring, most people envisioning flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. A flower that in my opinion deserves more attention is the primrose.   I first took notice of primroses in high school, when my interest in gardening was developing its own flavor, independent of what my parents wanted to grow, or...

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