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Never too early for Viburnum

April 4, 2011 If you are a regular reader of this column, you probably remember my hissy fit last year when the Viburnum Leaf Beetle showed up, practically on my doorstep. more »»

Cool spring great for Hellebores

March 28, 2011 By any gardener’s standards, this has been a rough winter. So far, it’s not been that pleasant of a spring eithe. more »»

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 »»

SWCD holds annual shrub sale

March 10, 2011 As we begin to feel the warmth of spring we can begin to appreciated nature more and its growing season. 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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

Great gardens

September 1, 2010 The gardens were visited and viewed, the points were tallied, and for the first time in the annual Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull County Master Gardeners Amateur Garden contest, a tie was declared... more »»

Botanically speaking

August 18, 2010 When Diana Burrell Shipton began getting serious about growing herbs, it had nothing to do with starting a business. In fact, it had everything to do with family. more »»

Elegant orchids

August 4, 2010 Not many people can say they have an orchid named after them, but Warren resident Mary Ann York can say it. more »»

Sharing the wealth

July 21, 2010 It started with a request for a ‘‘couple’’ tomato plants. That was all Joe Kellar, maintenance technician with Central Park Apartments in Niles, needed to hear. more »»

Local seed savers maintain an unusual variety

June 30, 2010 For many years, specific groups have worked to keep heirloom plants from becoming extinct in an era of hybrid cultivation. more »»



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