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Secrets of the Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant (Aspidistra sp.) is as advertised because only a dedicated, demented brown thumb gardener has even the remotest chance of killing…

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Gift Books for Gardeners

Need ideas for those friendly gardeners on your Christmas gift list? Why not go with garden books that will provide your favorite backyard growers…

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Making a Cold Case for Peonies

Pssst! Ya wanna know a secret? Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia lactiflora), those beautiful perennials with the big, bodacious blossoms everybody adores, really aren‘t that hard…

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Tomato Troubles

Idyllic is the tomato harvest of perfectly round fruits shining in a glow of flawless red. But in the real world of vegetable gardening,…

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To Market, To Market

Local farmers’ markets offer spring fixin’s Ah,a juicy strawberry, and the snap of a green bean. The edible wonders of spring are at our…

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Praise for Persian Shield

Any plant that can provide constant, cheerful color through the long growing season automatically becomes a gardener’s darling, and Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) is…

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Plan Bee

Want to attract more bees into your garden? Here is a list of tips and plant suggestions that will help make your growing spaces…

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Sweet Wintersweet

By January, dedicated green thumb gardeners begin yearning for something, anything, growing in the landscape that hints of the coming spring, which is still…

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