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The Importance of Pollination

There are many organisms involved in the process of pollination: wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, ants, bats and other mammals, including humans. If there were no pollinators, there would be no gardens. Here are some fascinating facts about pollination ...

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A Battle with Emerald Ash Borer is in Your Future

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the Midwest since first discovered in Michigan in 2002. If you haven’t already dealt with this serious problem, you, your neighborhood and community will face it in the not-too-distant future ...

>> read “A Battle with Emerald Ash Borer is in Your Future”       #Advice   #Feature   #Insects   #Invasives
A Garden Designer’s Secrets

Is your garden leaving you feeling a little flat some days? Faced with the same space every day, over many years, it is easy to fall into a rut. But there are some tried and true ways to rejuvenate your outdoor rooms. Take these tips from an award-winning designer:

>> read “A Garden Designer’s Secrets”    
Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aesculus parviflora

Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) is a shade-tolerant native American shrub with ornamental features all year round. Rather slow-growing at first, it produces classic deep green hand-shaped foliage the first couple of years after planting ...

>> read “Bottlebrush Buckeye”       #Hot Plants
The Phosphorous-Free Lawn

Lawn care is experiencing a revolution at its roots. And 2012 is a watershed year, literally and figuratively. Garden center shelves will have few if any turf fertilizers with phosphorous (the P in NPK). Most commercially manufactured lawn care products will be completely free of phosphorous. Others will have less nitrogen (N) too ...

>> read “The Phosphorous-Free Lawn”    
Max Bloom
Tips to Extend the Bloom of 15 Favorite Garden Flowers

Continuous bloom is always a hot topic among gardeners. Here are several ideas and techniques that can help you extend the bloom time of your beloved plants.

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No Fuss…No Till

A growing number of experts say annual tilling is unnecessary—maybe even harmful. Here’s why. Garden wisdom has long held that preparing a vegetable garden means yearly tilling: digging to mix up the top 6 or 8 inches of soil and incorporate new organic matter such as compost to increase its fertility.

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Scented Geranium
Pelargonium spp.

It is summer and we reach for the bug spray, citronella oil or a candle to burn to keep the mosquitos at bay while we enjoy the beautiful evening. As you may know, citronella oil is obtained from citronella-scented geranium (Pelargonium citrosum). However, did you know that there are approximately 150 varieties of scented geranium that are not only beautiful garden plants, but can be used for potpourri and as flavoring in cooking ...

>> read “Scented Geranium”       #Hot Plants
Build a (Real?) Fairy Garden

Whether or not you believe in fairies, you can create a garden for these mythical creatures in a small space filled with shrub roses, foxgloves, pansies and dainty, adorable ‘fairy flowers.’ It is a perfect project for a children’s garden, too. Some people argue that fairies are real creatures from the kingdom of the elementals. Some people don’t believe it for a second ...

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Millstones: Symbols of Harvest in Today’s Gardens

When it comes to collecting millstones, the maxim “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true. In the late 1880s, large urban mill operators started dumping these grain and corn crushers out back as a new roller technology made them obsolete and eventually put the smaller rural mills out of business. When propped alongside an old mill, the granite wheels’ interesting patterns began to attract attention for their ornamental appeal. Others were put to use as stepping stones along a path or a stoop for the back door ...

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Give Your Vegetable Garden a Makeover

Your vegetable garden can be both productive and ornamental. Here are some tips to transform your humble edible plot ...

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Monarda ‘Pardon My Pink’ and ‘Pardon My Purple’

Gardeners have long had a love/hate relationship with bee balm (Monarda spp.). The fragrant perennial herb attracts butterflies and hummingbirds like crazy, but also tends to get powdery mildew and take over the garden. That is, until now ...

>> read “Monarda ‘Pardon My Pink’ and ‘Pardon My Purple’”       #Hot Plants
 
 
 

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