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Pamela Ruch

Pamela Ruch is a horticulturist and garden writer living in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in environmental science from Green Mountain College. Currently the director of the Urban Garden at the Nurture Nature Center in Easton, she teaches nature journaling workshops and hosts a website, Art of Nature Journaling.

 

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Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs
by TC Conner - posted 09/09/13

Daffodils, crocus, tulips, alliums and hyacinths are my top five picks for spring-flowering bulbs. A yard full of daffodils, tulips and hyacinths epitomizes the beauty of spring. So why not do yourself (and all who glance at your landscape) a favor and plant more than your fair share of these glorious spring-flowering bulbs ...   >> read article
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Narrow-Leaf Ironweed
Vernonia lettermannii
by Barrett Wilson - posted 09/06/13

With its profusion of small purple flowers and tolerance of heat and drought, narrow-leaf ironweed (Vernonia lettermannii) is a standout in the late-season perennial border in USDA Zones 4 to 9. Native to dry, rocky flood plains in Arkansas and Oklahoma, narrow-leaf ironweed thrives in almost all soil types, except soggy, heavy soils. In fact, supplemental fertilizers and excessive watering are discouraged in the garden setting ...   >> read article
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What’s All the Buzz About?
by Douglas A. Spilker, Ph.D. - posted 09/04/13

Not everything that buzzes in your garden is a “bee.” One of the biggest concerns for many is whether these insects will sting. Being stung is most likely when you disturb their nests or make an extra effort to provoke them. Stinging insect identification is actually relatively easy. There are both visual and behavioral cues that can help you determine who is buzzing in your garden ...   >> read article
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Support for Big Tomatoes
by Patsy Bell Hobson - posted 08/28/13

This sounds like a vegetable self-help group, but it is really all about keeping tomatoes off the ground.

Long-time gardeners have usually tried several tomato trellising systems in search of a heavy-duty solution ...   >> read article
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Taking Care of Irises
Late summer is prime time for planting and dividing bear
by Carole Howell - posted 08/23/13

Sometimes called the poor man’s orchid, the bearded iris, with its myriad of colors, puts a new box of crayons to shame. These diverse, drought-resistant garden beauties provide an elegant centerpiece for many Southern gardens, with their magnificent spring blooms. But the plants are great in the garden even after the blooms have faded, thanks to their lush green stalks.   >> read article
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