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Grow a Salsa Garden—Everything but Tortilla Chips

If you are a salsa fan, you can grow an edible garden designed specifically to make this spicy sauce. Tomatoes, tomatillos, hot or sweet peppers, onions, cilantro—you can grow it all ...

>> read “Grow a Salsa Garden—Everything but Tortilla Chips”    
Blue Sedge
Carex glauca ‘Blue Zinger’

This carex is easily grown in medium to wet soils. Ideal light is shade to part shade. Many members of the genus share the common name of rush or sedge. The cultivar ‘Blue Zinger’ refers to the bright blue color of the leaves, which endures winter in all but the coldest temperatures ...

>> read “Blue Sedge”       #Hot Plants
Cornucopia - Giving Thanks for the Harvest

If you mention the word “cornucopia,” nearly everyone envisions a pointy basket with fresh fruits and vegetables spilling from its mouth. It’s a common sight this time of the year — autumn, harvest and Thanksgiving — and we see it appearing on everything from greeting cards to decorator items for the home.

>> read “Cornucopia - Giving Thanks for the Harvest”    
Wild for Wisteria
Wisteria macrostachya ‘Betty Mathews’

Imagine spending a lazy afternoon under a beautiful, fragrant canopy. Creating that beautiful space is now easier for gardeners in the North, thanks to new varieties of cold-hardy wisteria ...

>> read “Wild for Wisteria”       #Flowers   #Hot Plants   #Summer
Weed Wondering

The presence of certain lawn weeds can be an indicator of specific environmental and soil conditions. Here’s how to ‘read’ your weeds. If you keep your eyes open, you can uncover clues as to why certain things happen. Keeping track of your weed problems can do just that. The end of the year is a good time to reflect on the problems you encountered and make plans to fix them in the coming year ...

>> read “Weed Wondering”    
Veggies Front & Center

Many gardeners would like to grow fruits and vegetables but do not have a sunny backyard. Why not use the sunny front yard? It is possible to raise edibles in the front garden and still keep your curb appeal.

>> read “Veggies Front & Center”    
The Buzz: Beekeeping Basics

They are pollinators and they are honey makers. Ever think about keeping bees? Here’s a primer on where to start.
My first experiences with honeybees as a child were mixed. Running barefoot through a dandelion-covered yard as a young boy resulted in a sting as I stepped on a foraging honeybee ...

>> read “The Buzz: Beekeeping Basics”    
False Cypress
Chamaecyparis

Say “cama-sip-a-ris.” Yes, this is a mouthful — and an evergreen conifer whose name is worth stumbling over. Every landscape would be more beautiful year-round for having several types of false cypress — from 6-inch alpines to 3-foot dwarfs to medium- and large-size trees.

>> read “False Cypress”       #Hot Plants
The Growing, Thriving Permaculture Movement

My friend Masha lived in Russia for several years when the grocery store shelves were completely bare of food for several years. Everyone, she said, rode public transportation into the countryside to tend his or her own small plot of land. They boarded the busses together, tools in hand. And on the ride home, they carried bags of produce. They grew and preserved everything they needed to feed their families ...

>> read “The Growing, Thriving Permaculture Movement”       #Advice
Forcing Bulbs
For Those Who Just Can’t Wait

I am counting the days until spring. I watch the weather forecast like I am watching the lottery numbers being read, hoping the meteorologist is going to give me some good news. Once the holidays are over, gardeners start dreaming about the beauty that lies beneath the surface of the soil, knowing there are bulbs under there just waiting for the right minute to bust out.

>> read “Forcing Bulbs”    
Colorful Foliage Lights Up the Garden

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Earth laughs in flowers,” and it may be true, but for the day-to-day journey through life — and the garden — the leaves on those flowers sustain us. Nearly every plant on Earth has a flower. Some are flamboyant while others are hardly noteworthy. So it is with foliage ...

>> read “Colorful Foliage Lights Up the Garden”    
From the Mediterranean to Midwestern Gardens

Midwestern gardeners can ‘visit’ the Italian countryside by growing Umbrian plants – cyclamen of all kinds and colors, wisteria that scrambles up walls and trellises, ‘wild’ grape hyacinth and treasured tree peonies are just a few. Here’s where to start your trip ...

>> read “From the Mediterranean to Midwestern Gardens”    
 
 
 

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