Max Bloom
Tips to Extend the Bloom of 15 Favorite Garden Flowers
by Alan Branhagen

Continuous bloom is always a hot topic among gardeners. Here are several ideas and techniques that can help you extend the bloom time of your beloved plants.   >> read article
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Flowers that bridge the gap between summer and fall
by Carol Michel

August is a tough month in many gardens. The blooms of June and July are fading and the asters and mums, traditionally associated with autumn, are not yet flowering. Depending on the year, August can be hot and dry and even the hardiest blooms can appear to be faded, like an old house dress hung out week after week to dry in the sun.   >> read article
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How Dry I Am
by Bob Brzuszek

Last year was a tough one – for people and plants. The U.S. Drought Monitor for 2010 shows that the Southern United States was in abnormally dry conditions for most of the year. And this is an area that normally averages over 50 inches of rainfall a year. In fact, it was so dry that cows were giving evaporated milk. The extreme lack of rainfall was bad enough, but coupled with record high summer temperatures for most of the eastern U.S., it was literally a killer. Especially in my garden.   >> read article
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Alien Invaders
Battling Invasive Species
by Joyce Mendenhall

Have you checked your backyard lately? You may be harboring dangerous aliens. No, these are not creatures from outer space. The aliens I’m referring to are plants – exotic plants. Also referred to as foreign, non-indigenous, introduced or nonnative, these invasive exotics are noxious weeds according to the following definition: A noxious weed is a plant alien to a geographical area whose presence threatens natural and agricultural ecosystems. Like their science fiction counterparts, these weeds are a major threat.   >> read article
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Russian Bees
Helping Out the Bee Population and Gardeners
by Jack Horan

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! To the nearest beehive in your neighborhood, that is. In fact, the Russian honeybees are already here. They’re buzzing around meadows and gardens around the Southeast, pollinating crops and flowers, gathering nectar and making honey for beekeepers.   >> read article
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Create a Hummingbird Habitat in Your Own Backyard
by Kathy Homsey

You can create a hummingbird habitat in your garden, providing nectar and shelter for these beautiful, tiny birds.   >> read article
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Strawberry Kiwi Freezer Jam Recipe
by Richelle Stafne

This recipe uses freezer jam pectin, which means the recipe uses less sugar   >> read article
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What (Exactly) Is Shade?
by Gene E. Bush

Shade in the garden is not a malady, curse, or something less than optimal. It is an opportunity! Knowing what type of shade you are dealing with will help you select plants that will thrive.   >> read article
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