Home and Garden

Hot for Sweet Peppers

Hot peppers have been the darlings of both vegetable and ornamental gardeners in recent years because they can be so colorful, so sizzling, so…

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Happy House Hunting

Chris and Joscie Barnes are coming home to their native North Carolina after living for 30 years in Maryland, and explored several area towns…

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Irish Spring, Irish Gardens

If vacation plans have you leaning toward hopping across the Atlantic to enjoy an Irish Spring, the Isle of Eire certainly won’t disappoint —…

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Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

Vacation. It’s early spring and we’re already dreaming about it. Thankfully North Carolina affords countless getaways within a couple hours’ drive. And for many,…

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A Better Birdbath

Birdbaths are welcomed additions to any garden scheme because they provide fixed points of visual interest in seasonally changing landscapes, and of course, because…

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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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