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The newest web article for State-by-State Gardening was written by:

Joseph Tychonievich

Joseph Tychonievich is nursery manager of Arrowhead Alpines in Fowlerville.

 

 

Mulches for the Vegetable Garden
by Tom Butzler - posted 08/07/13

Mulch inhibits weeds and conserves soil moisture. However, many gardeners don’t use mulch in their vegetable beds. Here’s the lowdown on which mulches to use and how to use them. When you mention mulch, the first thought that comes to most minds is the aesthetic look of it in the landscape. A nice, dark bark mulch makes the plants in the bed standout a bit more, but mulch is more than looks ...   >> read article
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Blue Star
Amsonia hubrichtii
by Bob Hill - posted 08/02/13

Easy to grow, providing three seasons of strong interest and serving as an airy focal point in the perennial border, or in a great mass, the blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) should be used more often in Midwestern gardens ...   >> read article
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The Dog Days Are Over: Summer Blues to Turn Down the Heat
by Caleb Melchior - posted 08/02/13

My garden always starts to look tired in August. The roses have long since faded and given up. The daylilies are done screaming “orange!” in the corners. Even the annuals, the proud cheerleaders of color, have exhausted themselves in the heat ...   >> read article
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The Power of the Edit
by Scott Beuerlein - posted 07/31/13

From a design perspective, at times we need to reacquaint ourselves with the notion that — sometimes — less is more. As gardeners, we know and value the importance of diversity. It’s a good thing, too. Each year, new varieties of everything flood the market, and we are encouraged to try them all ...   >> read article
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‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ Limber Pine
Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’
by June Hutson - posted 07/26/13

Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’, a Plant of Merit selection for 2013, is a needled evergreen. The species is native to Southwestern Canada through the Western U.S. to Mexico and is found primarily in the Rocky Mountains at elevations of 5,000 to 12,000 feet. The species name refers to the flexible branchlets and twigs ...   >> read article
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