Build Your Own Clematis Posts
Give your clematis or other vines some support
by John Vicellio

Clematis stands high on my list of favorite plants. I have designed and built a number of supporting posts just so I can add this beautiful plant to the garden in areas where other supports don’t exist. I don’t just build them for myself, I’ve also built posts for my friends. In total, I’ve created about a dozen posts, and while each one is different, the basics of building them are the same.   >> read article
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Mole Control
How to get rid of these pesky diggers in your landscape
by Karen Neill

I know you won’t believe this, especially if you have moles tunneling through your landscape, but moles are actually somewhat beneficial in the landscape. They are probably tearing up your lawn in order to achieve this, but they do help with soil management and the control of undesirable grubs and insects.   >> read article
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A Bowl of Beauty
A container recipe for multiple seasons
by Barbara Peake Wise

Ah, the mixture of foliage and flora as a harbinger of spring.   >> read article
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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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Seeing Red
A little goes a long way with nature's raciest color
by Tom Hewitt

Designer Bill Blass was right when he called red “the ultimate cure for sadness.” It certainly grabs our attention and excites in a way no other color can. But it’s also one of hardest colors to use in a garden. It’s easy to go overboard or miss the mark entirely by picking the wrong shade.   >> 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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