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Egomania in the Universe
by Carolyn Ulrich - October 2015

In June I start checking the seedpods of celandine poppy, bloodroot and wild geranium. Already the showoff part of their lives has passed and they are moving on to the next phase – making merry in the plant kingdom. In other words, developing seeds.

All nature wants to reproduce itself. (Talk about egomania.) And when it comes to propagation, my three native woodland spring-bloomers can run amok, tossing their seed hither and yon, no doubt getting a little help from birds and the wind along the way.   >> read article

The Fabulous Four
by Sarah Marcheschi - October 2015

For years, I flatly refused to grow houseplants. I really just don’t have the space, I would tell myself. There’s not nearly enough sunlight in here. And think of the time commitment!

The truth is, a couple of spectacular failures early on, (I’m looking at you, Venus flytrap), bruised my ego and diminished what enthusiasm I did have for bringing the garden indoors.

But of course, like many of us who while away the chillier months perusing glossy gardening magazines, I like a project. And eventually the lure of getting my hands in the dirt proved too strong. So after a bit of research and some trial and error, I’ve rounded up a few of the hardiest, least demanding houseplants out there. These guys are almost un-killable.   >> read article

Decorating Pumpkins Without a Knife
by Susan Randstrom Bruck - October 2015

Here’s a kid-friendly project that won’t send shivers down your spine.

When autumn winds turn bone-chilling cold and children dream of becoming vampires, parents might want to have some crafty ideas in their bags of tricks. If you don’t feel like getting pumpkin slime all over the kitchen this year, try this DIY project that doesn’t require 30 minutes just for cleanup.   >> read article

How About them Apples: Espalier for the Beginner
by Karen Atkins - October 2015

Espaliered fruit trees can be grown in small spaces, produce fruit, and are exceptionally long-lived. No wonder this growing technique has been used consistently, at least since the Middle Ages. But these are not the reasons I trouble myself to train fruit trees against walls. I do it because they are really, really pretty.   >> read article

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