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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Yule Logs

What in the world makes a log a 'Yule log'? I can remember campfires where we joked about great big logs being 'the Yule log' and you hear about it during the holidays, but what is it? I've also seen log-shaped cakes called Yule logs, confusing the topic even more. The Yule log has its origins in pagan rituals in Europe surrounding the Winter Solstice. In ancient times, winter was truly...

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Norfolk Island Pine

Perhaps you were given or decided to buy a Norfolk Island pine for Christmas this year. Often they are marketed pre-decorated, making it hard to resist as a living Christmas tree. But what do you do with it after Christmas? You might wonder-- is there really a Norfolk Island? Yes, it's not make-believe. Norfolk Island is located in the South Pacific between Australia, New Zealand, and N...

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What is a clementine anyway?

Winter is the season for citrus. One of my favorites is the clementine—and my 19 month old son is developing a taste for them as well. At first, he would only throw them, referring to them as "balls". Once he realized they are for eating, he's been devouring them while making the sign for and saying "more". They are available for a relatively short time each year, so we are thoroughly enjoying...

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