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Spring chores heating up too

March 21, 2011 This time of year is what I like to call ac/heat season. more »»

When good conifers go bad

March 14, 2011 This marks the 500th column I have written about gardening, which means I have been doing this for nearly 10 years. There is still so much to talk about. more »»

What’s in a name? Everything

March 7, 2011 People sometimes ask me if I really know all of those botanical names I put in this column when I talk about certain plants. The answer is n. more »»

Calendula is overlooked flower

February 28, 2011 There is no middle ground with Marigolds. more »»

Backyard gardening has changed

February 21, 2011 As a newlywed more than 38 years ago with my own house and bit of land, I knew I wanted a garden. I had a pretty good idea of how things worked. My family always relied on homegrown vegetable. more »»

It’s never too early to go outside

February 14, 2011 I thought I heard the weather guy say our temps would be above freezing sometime soon. more »»

Get outside, get started on leeks

February 7, 2011 Another shipment of seeds arrived at my house last week. That, coupled with the sunshine we’ve had lately, has only reinforced my itch to get outside and get gardenin. more »»

Grow sweet peas for a fragrance

January 31, 2011 I know this winter I’ve talked a lot about planning the vegetable garden and not much about what I’m doing with flowers, but be assured they aren’t being neglected. more »»

Herb of the year adds some spice

January 24, 2011 My apologies to the International Herb Association for not writing sooner about the 2011 Herb of the Year. more »»

How to neglect a Christmas cactus

January 17, 2011 I have a Christmas cactus on my windowsill that I am evidently trying to kil. more »»

Vienna Home Day planned

January 17, 2011 Vienna Township residents interested in helping to plan and schedule events for a VIENNA HOME DAY to be held this summer in the community can attend planning meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.. more »»

Weigh space and time to decide

January 10, 2011 My husband cringes, probably with good reason, when he sees me pull out the graph paper and pencils in January. I set up my design station, usually on the dining room table where no one eats anymore. more »»

Start onions early for success

January 3, 2011 Onions are usually the first thing gardeners plant in early spring, and garden centers have ample supplies of what are commonly called ‘‘sets,’’ or small, young onions that will later grow into larg... more »»

Making friends (or dinner) with weeds

December 27, 2010 I’m making all these mental notes of things I should remember in May. more »»

Is it too soon to think tomatoes?

December 20, 2010 Winter is barely here and I’m already thinking about a fresh, juicy tomato from the garden. Last year’s tomato plants did well in my garden. more »»

How one plant can lead to dozens

December 13, 2010 It never fails that just as I am getting all geared up for Christmas, the seed catalogs start arriving. Now all I want is for Christmas to be over so I can get busy on plant selections and orderin. more »»

Gardening means learning to adjust to change

December 6, 2010 Last week’s snow only makes it harder to wait for the new garden catalogs to start arriving. more »»

Think before a pruning binge

November 29, 2010 It never fails that at least one day in late fall, the husband or I will get the urge to take up the pruners or loppers and go on a binge. It doesn’t matter if the air is brisk or unseasonably war. more »»

Bring flowers in, even if they stink

November 22, 2010 We might be leaning on the edge of winter, but I still can’t help looking out over the garden every morning, even if it’s too cold for the usual morning walkabou. more »»

Zinnia and tomato top NGB lists

November 15, 2010 Every year the National Garden Bureau releases recommendations of one flower and one vegetable to be highlighted the following season. more »»



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