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Wake up and use the coffee - grounds, that is!

coffee grounds

I have always wondered about those free coffee grounds for your garden offered at most Starbucks.  I never took them up on the offer, and pretty much decided that it was a good way for them to get rid of untold pounds of grounds and not feel...

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Beware: Shipping Dates

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I recently ordered some plant material online. When ordering I had the option to schedule a specific date for arrival for $5. Being cheap—and knowing these were dormant tubers and should be OK—I declined the offer. Nurseries, in my...

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

A peek into a backyard winter garden in Japan

Cabbage tied up until harvest.

One of our Master Gardeners is living in Japan for the year and sent along these photos of winter gardening. She reports that despite the cold and snow, local gardeners continue to grow vegetables through the winter. Here are some photos of cabbage and...

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Happy Houseplants

Umbrella tree

Autumn is definitely my favorite time of the year. The vibrant colors, brisk temperatures, and harvesting the last of my vegetable garden are among my favorite personal indulgences.  But I wonder, how to survive the long winter without my garden to...

Umbrella tree
Umbrella tree

Umbrella tree

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

8 Tips for New Homeowners' Landscapes

The real estate market may not have returned to its pre-bubble days, but there are signs of life in the home market. I have noted a few homes in my neighborhood that have changed owners. This usually means activity in the landscape, and not all of it is...

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

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