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Celebrating year of the herb with herb of the year

July 9, 2012 The National Garden Bureau named 2012 as the year of the herb, but sort of left us hanging as far as which herb we should be getting excited about. more »»

It’s almost time to plant peas

July 2, 2012 What? Didn’t you already plant peas in the spring? If you did, chances are you probably already harvested them as well, since they are a cool weather crop, grow quickly and hate the heat. more »»

Cabbage a vegetable fit for kings

June 25, 2012 Whenever I think of cabbage, I remember a photo of my two children at ages 8 and 9 holding up two huge cabbages harvested from our garde. more »»

Roses are red, violets are in literature and the cottage garden

June 20, 2012 This week, I’m all about violets. When I was growing up, I marked the beginning of every spring with the appearance of wild violets that peppered the lawn around my parents’ house. more »»

Witch hazel still fascinating

June 18, 2012 When I was a young girl, I used witch hazel on my face as an astringent. more »»

Water, water everywhere ... but not in my containers

June 13, 2012 One of the essential elements necessary for a healthy garden is water. An obvious statement, but one that container gardeners always need to keep in mind. more »»

Weed wars can be won, lost

June 11, 2012 The older I get, the harder the battles seem to be. I can handle the hairy galinsoga that infiltrates my vegetable garden every summe. more »»

After a rainy weekend, flowers appear in the garden

June 6, 2012 As I sat down to write my garden column last week, I had a panicked thought — what if I don’t have enough going on in my garden to write about for a whole summer? Of course, that was an absolutely... more »»

Gardening is a waiting game, but offers rewards

May 30, 2012 I’m a fan of things that are instant. I like my Netflix streaming, where many of my favorite TV shows and movies are ready for me to watch at the press of a butto. more »»

Planning doesn’t end on holiday

May 28, 2012 There are basically two times during the season when I feel totally overwhelmed with my garden. The last week of May is the first time. more »»

Peas are beginning to peek, transplants blooming

May 23, 2012 If you set a fruit tray and a veggie tray in front of a group of children, the kids will usually go for the fruit. But not me. more »»

Stubborn plants interesting

May 21, 2012 When many people hear the word Iris, they immediately think of large showy bearded iris flowers. more »»

Getting the garden in order for another summer

May 16, 2012 This year, the Tribune Chronicle is trying something different for our annual “How Does Your Garden Grow?” series — they’re turning me loose in the garden. Now, this isn’t that big of a stretc. more »»

Fairies not the only miniatures

May 14, 2012 What is it about miniatures that everyone finds so fascinating? Just like gardening has seen a resurgence in interest in the past 20 years, so has the world of miniature. more »»

Not all herbs are for eating

April 30, 2012 Common garden herbs, such as basil, oregano, marjoram, chives, parsley and sage can quickly fill not only an herb garden, but your pantry, too, if you save what grows over the summe. more »»

Making compost is first rule

April 23, 2012 If you are a gardener, April is probably your busiest month. more »»

Sharing fish with blue herons

April 16, 2012 We’ve had a small fish and garden pond in our backyard for about 13 years, and every season it looks more natural in the landscape. more »»

The winter that never was

April 2, 2012 There was a lot to take in as far as the gardening world over the past few month. more »»

Sweet potatoes are possible

March 12, 2012 Every year I say I am going to grow sweet potatoes, and every year I procrastinate. Maybe itás because Iám not really a fan. I know they are supposed to be good for u. more »»

Herbs are similar, different

March 5, 2012 Because the National Garden Bureau has declared 2012 as the Year of Herbs, I have decided to address an issue that has been in the back of my mind for quite some time, the difference between oregano... more »»



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