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Seed saving is scientific fun

January 9, 2012 Someone told me they were getting ready to order all their seeds for this year’s garden and I nearly fell off my chai. more »»

Order trees to plant in spring

January 2, 2012 It’s true that Arbor Day in Ohio isn’t until April, but if you plan to celebrate by planting trees, now is the time to make decisions and let your favorite local garden center know what you want. more »»

Living with poinsettias after the holidays

December 26, 2011 Christmas is over, and those beautiful poinsettias are still showing lots of colo. more »»

Poinsettias get more colorful

December 19, 2011 It’s been a few years since I’ve written a column about poinsettias, but the different plants we’re seeing in the garden centers and grocery stores these days prompted my interest in this popular... more »»

Research provides inspiration

December 12, 2011 What inspires you? More importantly, what inspires you in the garden? A couple years ago, I went around the community asking people this very question. more »»

Hollyhock patch is a happy place

December 5, 2011 For $2, you can buy a package of seeds for Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina,’ also called miniature hollyhock or French hollyhock, from garden centers or seed catalog. more »»

Bring Brunnera to shade garden

November 25, 2011 Grab your garden notebooks and write it down, the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year is Brunnera m. ‘Jack Frost’ PP13859. Don’t ask me what all of that means, I just call it Brunnera ‘Jack Frost. more »»

Start list for next year’s garden

November 21, 2011 Most of my garden is resting under a layer of compost and manure; what I like to call ‘‘beefing up’’ for next season. more »»

Fall cleanup is crucial to gardening success in spring

November 14, 2011 Don’t let Friday’s snow trick you into thinking you’re finished in the garden this season. more »»

Varieties can cause confusion

November 7, 2011 Most seasons, I like to prepare for winter by growing and drying my own herbs. Over the years, I’ve managed to collect various containers with air-tight lids for storag. more »»

‘Year of The ...’ choices for 2012

October 31, 2011 The National Garden Bureau, a non-profit organization made up of people, corporations or firms who are in the business of plants for home gardeners, likes to select a special group of flowers and... more »»

Sometimes what’s old is new

October 24, 2011 A few weeks ago, someone asked me about peanut pumpkins. more »»

Take care of leaves in October

October 17, 2011 I suppose the main garden chore in October is taking care of the leaves. Some people leave them where they are, expecting nature to decompose them and return them to the soil. more »»

Gardeners, birds go together

October 10, 2011 Ask any gardener if they feed birds and chances are you will get a resounding yes. No garden is really complete without birdson. more »»

More than just red delicious

October 3, 2011 Remember when the Red Delicious apple was the greatest apple to have? When I was a child, we had a huge apple tree in our back yard that produced the best apples. more »»

Getting to know your weeds

September 19, 2011 There is no doubt that weeds are the nastiest thing to deal with in our gardens, so it might be a bit of shock when people find out I sort of like weeds. more »»

Chrysanthemums are good luck

September 12, 2011 What can I say about chrysanthemums?” I asked my daughter. “It’s my birth flower,” she said. “You can write about me. more »»

End of summer, time to clean

August 29, 2011 We all know spring is the time to clean, but the end of summer means it’s time to start another type of garden cleanup. Even though things are still growing, the clean up should begin anyway. more »»

The best way to kill your fuchsia

August 22, 2011 Some plants thrive when you smother them with love and kindness and others live to be neglected. Take, for example, my least favorite hanging basket plant, the fuchsia. more »»

Think season’s over? Think again

August 17, 2011 It’s the middle of August and already the temperatures are starting to drop. Just this morning, instead of keeping the air conditioner going, I put on a sweater and held tightly to my cup of tea. more »»



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