Chartreuse Houseplants
by Chris Baker

The hot plant for January isn’t a plant at all. It’s a color — chartreuse. Chartreuse goes with just about every other color and never fails to brighten up a dark room on a dreary winter day. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent new houseplants that shine brightly in chartreuse.   >> read article
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A Plan to Cram
by Michelle Byrne Walsh

Getting as many veggies into a raised bed—throughout the short Midwest growing season—is a quest for many gardeners. What goes where, when and why when stuffing raise beds with vegetables and herbs?   >> read article
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Purpletop Vervain
Verbena bonariensis
by Lynda Heavrin

I will never run out of plants to discuss as I love so many, but I asked my friends what they will be thinking about in January/February and in unison I heard “seeds.” So, an easy plant from seed it is — one of my favorites is Verbena bonariensis.
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Go Out & Look: Winter Scouting for Pests and Diseases
by Douglas A. Spilker, Ph.D.

Which plants grew well this year? Which did poorly? Which now have diseases or insects? Now is the time to scout for insects and diseases in the landscape. End-of-the-year scouting is also a great excuse to enjoy a walk through the garden before cold weather sets in.   >> read article
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‘Everest’ Weeping Sedge
Carex oshimensis
by Sue Speichert

If you don’t know sedges, then you’re missing out on one of the best plants to grow in Indiana in the shaded or woodland garden. Not just because it’s deer resistant, although that reason alone would be proof of its superior value in the landscape.   >> read article
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A Garden Designer’s Secrets
by Karen Atkins

Is your garden leaving you feeling a little flat some days? Faced with the same space every day, over many years, it is easy to fall into a rut. But there are some tried and true ways to rejuvenate your outdoor rooms. Take these tips from an award-winning designer:   >> read article
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Diversify your Landscape
Making better choices for trees and shrubs
by Christopher Starbuck

Don’t just plant something because all your neighbors have that plant. Think about diversity, and think outside the box. Here are some underused plants that might be better choices than the old standbys. Deciding which trees and shrubs to plant to create an aesthetic ...   >> read article
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Tool Time
The Best Tools for the Vegetable Gardener
by Carol Michel

What tools are the ‘must haves’ for the serious gardener? Which tools might make good holiday gifts? Here are a few recommendations.   >> read article
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