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Planning for interest in a winter garden


Winter gardens don't have to be lifeless and barren. While they will never rival the riot of color of Fall, with golden leaves, and the last hurrah of flowering pansies and chrysanthemums, there can still be interest and beauty even in the coldest...


Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM

A Poinsettia Owner's Manual


No doubt you've heard the Christmas music now playing at your favorite (or least-favorite) retailers. While nothing makes me want to leave a store like hearing Mannheim Steamroller's "Deck the Halls" it may impact you differently. Perhaps music induces a...

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Itchy Business

You would think that training in plants would qualify a person to give advice on, say, gardening.  Actually that’s true.  I do know a lot about plants but many questions I get have nothing to do with gardening. Or plants.  On those...

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Arkansas Black Apples


Few things are considered as down-home American as apple pie, so it’s no surprise to most gardeners that apples have been a part of our nation’s history from nearly day one.  In fact one of the Mayflower colonists’ first requests...

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

It's Fall, Should I Prune?

I often get asked about whether fall is a good time to prune the landscape. While the mild weather makes it attractive to work outside, it's probably a good idea to wait, but you won't usually kill a plant outright by pruning. I don't even think about...

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

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