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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Think Spring! (It’s Not too Early)

Though the 2014 gardening season is winding down, it's not too early to think ahead to Spring. A little advance planning and work now will pay off in a few short months. Preparing your vegetable garden for winter can involve more than removing summer's spent plants. Planting a cover crop, also called "green manure" is a simple process that will reduce soil loss by erosion, reduce weeds,...

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Blueberries might seem like a topic more suited to the spring or summer, since that's when the tasty berries are in season. Their white flowers in the spring and blazing red fall color make an excellent addition to your landscape, whether you plan on harvesting their fruit or not. Blueberries are also a very appropriate topic with Thanksgiving right around the corner. According to the U...

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There are certain fruits and vegetables that seem to elicit a very strong positive or negative response depending on the person. Rhubarb appears to me to be one of those vegetables. Any mention of rhubarb within earshot of my husband is answered with a resounding "YUCK!" As for me, no one in my immediate or extended family cared for rhubarb, so I grew up never eating it. When I actually had an...

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Clivia is a genus of flowering plants native to South Africa. There are six known species. Clivia miniata is the most widely cultivated species, along with various hybrids. It is one of those plants commonly found in full bloom around the holidays or soon after. If you bought one last winter and wondering if it can be coaxed into bloom again—it can, with surprisingly little ex...

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