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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


  Many people who don't consider themselves a vegetable gardener have grown at least a tomato plant or two in their lifetime. Some people I have spoken to are very passionate about what kind of tomatoes they grow. One friend told me recently, "you're wasting your time growing anything but Early Girl". Some people just want a nice round tomato to slice for sandwiches, while others,...

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Get Ready for Fall Gardening

It feels like we got an extra dose of the dog days of summer this year. Sometimes our enthusiasm for gardening wanes a bit when faced with days and days of hot humid weather. I am no exception. On a typical day when I'm out watering plants after work, I get pretty sweaty. That is an understatement considering my 11 year old neighbor asked why I had taken a shower already one hot afterno...

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Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms

I was so proud of my vegetable garden this year, especially the tomatoes. The plants looked spectacular. Turns out if you water regularly it makes a huge difference in how well the plants grow. I should have practiced what I preach years ago! This year I didn't let anything get in the way of getting the watering done. And I was rewarded with gorgeous plants–until recently. The fir...

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Besides vine-ripened tomatoes, my favorite produce harvested from my garden each summer is fresh basil. The spicy sweet fragrance is no comparison to the faded scent of dried versions. Basil is an ancient herb that has many legends attached to it. Legend links basil to just about any emotion or feeling imaginable–love and hate, pain and pleasure, basil has been associated with all...

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