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Get Your Goat!

Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary’

Gardening for Wildlife

How to: Make Your Own Seed Tape

 

 

 

 

How to: Make Your Own Seed Tape
by John Tullock - August 2015

Are you tired of thinning vegetables? Tired of trying to plant teeny-tiny seeds like those of carrots or petunias? Why not take some of the drudgery out of gardening by making your own seed tapes? For those unfamiliar, seed tapes have been around for a long time. They were invented by William Nelson McComb of New York City, for which Mr. McComb was awarded a patent in 1915.   >> read article

Gardening for Wildlife
by Scott Beuerlein - August 2015

Habitat gardening falls somewhere between common sense and rocket science – so don’t overthink it. Most gardeners instinctively know what should be done: Simply add water, food and shelter.

For a long time I’ve wondered why all my friends are smarter than me. My whole life, I have been surrounded by genius-level friends, and I’ve often wondered why. I’m pretty sure I’m not terribly annoying. Sometimes I’m generous with a round. Occasionally I’m amusing, but still? After some of the best thought I’m capable of, I think I’ve got it figured out. I am not a genius, to be sure, but I am the right kind of smart. Bright enough to get concepts and ask good questions, but too stupid to remember details and (thankfully) get caught up in them.   >> read article

Get Your Goat!
by Cathy Jean Maloney - August 2015

Goats are the new bison, says Kim Hunter, owner of The Green Goats, a goat rental service that provides a green alternative to invasive plant removal. The Midwest prairie landscape was once shaped by natural fires and grazing bison. Now only carefully controlled burns sputter life into prairie fragments, and a handful of bison remain as zoo curiosities.

Enter the goats. These Old World herbivores, arguably the first domesticated animals, have been serving humankind for centuries. Nimble and natural climbers, goats can reach places mechanized lawn equipment cannot. From airports to municiple parks where goats are used to tame grass or clear invasives, land stewards are rediscovering the benefits of goats over gas guzzlers.   >> read article

Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary’
by Susan Martin - August 2015

If you have an eye for the unusual, you may have spotted this revolutionary new tropical foxglove when it made its debut in garden centers last year. What is it? It’s a bit of an enigma really. Though it looks like a perennial foxglove (Digitalis spp.), ‘Berry Canary’ blooms like an annual from late spring to frost before perishing in our frigid winters. Digiplexis owes half of its good looks to perennial foxglove and the other half to Isoplexis, a long blooming tropical relative of foxglove.

Use ‘Berry Canary’ in your landscape and containers just like you would a foxglove. It makes a strong statement as a thriller in combination containers and brings season-long color to garden beds. The mounded rosette of large, dark green leaves is topped with sturdy scapes lined with exotic looking hot pink flowers with a creamy yellow, spotted throat. Buy Digiplexis in bloom at the garden center and it will be a blooming powerhouse for you the entire season. Since it is only winter hardy to Zone 8 and has very specific chilling requirements to initiate blooms, it is best to buy Digiplexis every year.   >> read article

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