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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The Potting Shed: A Place to Begin
by Denise Pugh

A place for everything and everything in its place: A playhouse, a winter sanctuary, a herbarium, an atrium and a structural winter solstice are all descriptions I have given to my “potting shed.” I have been a gardener since childhood, but it wasn’t until after my husband and I built our home I realized the need for a potting shed. I was spending a great amount of time walking to his shop to gather my gardening “things” before I could start on my project for the day.   >> read article
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Building Garden Art Using Ferro-cement
by Gerald Klingaman

Garden art is important in every garden but not everyone has the budget to commission pieces in bronze or marble. And, if you have an artistic vision it is not always easy to find just the right piece. But, if you have minimal artistic skill and a bit of perseverance, you can build your own garden additions using a technique called ferro-cement construction. Ferro-cement projects can be built in any shape or size. All it consists of is a steel frame (called an armature) covered with two or more layers of cement.   >> read article
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Seamless Stream
A Natural-Looking Water Feature For Your Landscape
by Barb and Gary Rudolf

Water features are a hot topic in gardening. Even mainstream publications are touting them. However, most of the publicity blitz focuses on ponds, fountains and water gardens in containers. If you are interested in exploring water gardening, have you considered a cascading stream?   >> read article
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Garden Hotties
Herbs that can take the heat
by Maria Griener

’Tis the season of the “Twin 95s.” Ninety-five degrees and 95 percent humidity, that is. As a result, the parsley has gone to seed in most gardens. So has the dill. The nasturtium flowers have withered away. But fear not. The hotties are here to stay, bringing forth blooms and new growth despite the Deep South’s mantle of full sun.   >> read article
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