What Mr. MacGregor Didn’t Know
How to keep rabbits out of the garden
by Stacey Libbert

Rabbits are notoriously difficult to remove from an area – just ask Mr. McGregor. The story of Peter Rabbit has long delighted young children and elicited sympathetic sighs from gardeners. What can a poor gardener do to rid himself of this cotton-tailed pestilence?   >> read article
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New Seed Varieties for 2019
by Erika Jensen

Winter is prime time for seed catalogs. While others are watching the Super Bowl, I’m usually knee deep in catalogs, obsessively planning for spring. When choosing varieties, I definitely look for organic seed, and here’s why.   >> read article
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LAZY DAISIES AND TIRED TULIPS: Dead Heading and Dividing Perennials to Increase Vigor
by Andrea Dee

Have you noticed your obedient plant rebelling into a doughnut shape with an empty hole in the middle? Has ‘Rozanne’ lost her vigor, with less and less flare each year? Are your spring tulips a carpet of green instead of red? Or maybe your friends are dying for a piece of your lungwort? While most flower gardens start out lush and colorful early in the season, late summer and fall often yield a less desirable look. Don’t be afraid to chop on your plants, you won’t hurt them. A little deadheading and dividing can go a long way in the perennial garden.   >> read article
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LESS REALLY IS MORE: Pruning Fruits and Vegetables to Increase Harvest
by Andrea Dee

A little green thumb and a pair of pruners can go a long way in yielding a high quality harvest both in the veggie patch and fruit orchard. Pruning fruits and vegetables can be very beneficial in directing energy away from other plant parts towards the fruiting buds, leading to a more bountiful garden.   >> read article
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PRUNE PERFECT: Pruning Landscape Shrubs with Perfection
by Andrea Dee

Gardeners often forget the magic of how quickly shrubs can fill an empty space in the landscape. While controlling size is the most common need for pruning, other reasons include encouraging bounties of bloom, artistic shaping such as when designing topiaries, and removal of dead and diseased wood.   >> read article
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MAKING THE CUT: Pruning Landscape Trees
by Andrea Dee

Pruning is one of the best ways to give waning trees more vigor. Alternatively, it is one of the easiest ways to send a healthy tree into decline. Knowing how to make the right pruning cuts is a skill that takes practice and involves a lot of science too!   >> read article
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Take a Load Off
Seating in your garden can extend your enjoyment
by Susan Jasan

After a long day working in your garden, there should be a special spot where you can stop and enjoy your labors. Whether it’s a small whimsical bench tucked in along a little garden path or a swing for two, seating in your garden can extend your enjoyment of your garden tremendously.   >> read article
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Designing with Boulders
Don't be afraid to be bold with boulders in your yard
by Kelly Bledsoe

Designing with boulders is becoming one of the most popular landscaping trends, but experts agree on some basic tips to consider when placing boulders in your landscape.   >> read article
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