A New Twist on Terrariums
by Melinda Myers - April 2015

They’re back! Terrariums, that is. They’ve recently made a big comeback with a new twist and a few new favorite plants. If you were gardening in the 70s, you probably planted up an old aquarium, apothecary jar or any clear glass container with an opening large enough to squeeze through a plant. Many of us used long handled tools to strategically place plants and decorative items in containers too small to accommodate our hands. The containers were then covered with some kind of glass lid to increase the humidity.   >> read article

Conifers Can Be Care-Free Ground Covers
by Ronald J. Elardo - April 2015

Low-maintenance conifers can make great ground covers – they offer texture, color and four-seasons of interest.

Weeds, weeds go away – don’t come back another day! Who wouldn’t want to have ground covers that require minimal maintenance and choke out weeds? Who wouldn’t want to have an array of colors, even fall and winter colors, in their garden? If you are like me, someone who would rather not see weeds, then I have a solution for you: ground-spreading conifers.   >> read article

Some Like It Hot
by Karinluise Calasant - April 2015

There’s no shortage of fascinating subject matter when it comes to plants. Many I write about are particular favorites of mine. Then there are those that explode out of the blue.

Such was the case recently, when dining at our local Thai restaurant. I decided to start with a Tom Yum soup in which floated a quantity of what appeared to be harmless chives. I took a generous spoonful. The effect was slightly delayed but highly dramatic when it came. Several explosions took place simultaneously in my mouth with the cumulative effect of a small atomic bomb. I gasped and, in blind panic, reached for the nearest glass of iced tea ...   >> read article

Chives: Edible,  Pretty and Easy to Grow
by Karen Atkins - April 2015

When I was a young, inexperienced gardener, I had the fortune of stumbling upon Martha Stewart’s Gardening. The title was deceptively simple, as the book contained intricate herb gardens and rose gardens, which stretched hundreds of feet. But the book became dog-eared as I shamelessly copied loads of ideas she had.

One of the most beautiful, easy and inexpensive notions she shared in that volume was using chives to edge vegetable gardens. The border looked so lush in her photos, and I learned later that in addition to producing masses of lilac star-shaped, edible flowers, chives repel bad bugs and attract beneficial bees ...   >> read article

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