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Two area women create outstanding gardens

September 4, 2011 When Marcena Dilley was raising her two children while working as a first-grade teacher in Ashtabula County, it was her late husband who planted and maintained their garden. 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 »»

Garden rebirth

August 14, 2011 All it took for Cortland gardener Kathleen Ferris to completely renovate her more than 15-year-old iris garden was a wet spring. “This is all because I got mad at the iris,’’ Ferris said. more »»

Temps make gardening difficult

July 25, 2011 Air conditioners have been getting more of a workout lately than Olympic athletes in training thanks to higher than normal daytime temperatures. more »»

There’s more life in a garden than plants

July 18, 2011 I f you’re a gardener, you’re probably a wildlife watcher because wherever there are plants, there are insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and who knows what else. more »»

Remember to do what you want

July 11, 2011 Sometimes I forget and then something comes along to help me remember. I get caught up with work, both at my job and at my hous. more »»

Give yard taste of the tropics

July 4, 2011 My husband loves tropical-looking plants, such as caladium, elephant ears and canna lilies, but it wasn’t surprising to me when he proclaimed his disdain for one of the easiest to grow and most... more »»

Change up your garden with variegation

June 27, 2011 I’ve actually heard some people say they hate variegated plants, and when I hear it, it never ceases to shock me. more »»

Planting ensures a long season

June 20, 2011 When I began planting my own vegetables practically the moment I left my parents’ house and moved into my own, I subscribed to the common practice of planting my garden Memorial Day weekend and... more »»

Finally getting started in garden

June 13, 2011 It look about a month longer than it should have, but the garden is finally up and running. Chores that were neglected in April due to cold temperatures and lots of wet weather are finally caught up. more »»

When Miss Kim blooms, you notice

June 6, 2011 It’s been nearly a month since the lilacs bloomed. The fragrance of lilacs is so intoxicating that most people pick up on it even when there are no plants in sight. more »»

There’s nothing more natural than compost for your garden

May 30, 2011 Several years ago my neighbor and I passed around a sourdough starter we named ‘‘Herma. more »»

Let your soil do the talking

May 23, 2011 I still canát get into my garden. The water puddles are gone and the weeds are starting to grow. more »»

Spring can be sweet and pungent

May 16, 2011 A question in the original version of Trivial Pursuit, Genus Edition, asked: ‘‘Which of the five senses is most closely related to memory?’’ I know the answer is the sense of smell. more »»

Enjoying the first of the harvest

May 9, 2011 This time last year I had already picked asparagus for a couple weeks. more »»

Neglect houseplants on purpose

May 2, 2011 I realize that this is probably the first winter I haven’t written about houseplants. more »»

Seed saving is fun and exciting

April 25, 2011 A couple weeks ago I sowed tomato seeds in flats. Less than a week later, they burst through the seed starting mix and started reaching for the fluorescent light over their heads. It was great. more »»

It’s fun when plants tell a story

April 18, 2011 Nestled among the conifers in our front garden is a small tree that doesn’t seem to belon. more »»

There are no excuses in gardening

April 11, 2011 The National Garden Bureau calls it High Density Gardening, but the basic concept is squeezing as many plants as possible into whatever small space is available. more »»



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