5 Heirloom Vegetables to Plant in Your Fall Garden

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
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Growing your own fruits and vegetables is rewarding. Growing heirloom varieties is even more so. Of course, growing our own saves us money and allows us to know exactly what goes into our food and, therefore, our bodies. But what’s the fun in growing conventional varieties anyone can go buy …

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5 Colorful Cool Weather Flowers for Your Garden

Friday, September 4th, 2020
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As fall slowly spreads its cool weather across the country, countless home gardens begin to lose their vibrant colors of spring and summer, and take on a more dreary shade of brown as plants and flowers begin to die or go dormant. With the advent of hybridizing certain species of …

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Which “Fall Bulbs” are best for spring bloom in your region?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
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The bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils, that are planted in fall to bloom in spring. Easiest flowers of all!  That’s the best thing about fall-planted bulbs.  The secret is that the flower is already formed in each bulb…no green thumb required. And everybody loves them.  They’re the first blooms of …

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Botanical Names? You know more of them than you think!

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
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Rhododendron.  Hydrangea.  Viola.  Aster.  Phlox.  These are just some of the botanical “Latin” names you already know.  OK. OK.  Nobody needs to know them all, and I surely don’t. But I’ve learned that they’re the only way to be sure you’re getting the seeds or plants you really want. For …

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Paint your own Rembrandt

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
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Do you know about “Rembrandt Tulips?”  They’re some of the oldest of them all.  Named after the 16th Century hybrids which were some of the earliest efforts of the Dutch tulip growers, they are the ones that touched off “Tulipomania.”  It was an astonishing financial craze in Holland over the …

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Secrets from the Pros

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
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When you see those mouthwatering photos from Holland, ever wonder how the pros do all that?  Well, there a few things they do and most of us don’t.  It’s amazing how easy it is to plant bulbs like a pro. 1. Plant them close together, not spaced out! Nothing’s more …

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Picking Types of Tulips

Monday, September 25th, 2017
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It’s easy.  Don’t be confused by all the “classes” or types of tulips.  All you need to know is that the major groups bloom at different times, in succession, just like a flower parade.  So it’s important. When we say “Early Spring” that means early spring in your area, (A …

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Remember King Alfred?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
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When it comes to daffodils, King Alfred  was king of them all for decades, especially in the USA.  Just ask your mom or grandmother—they’ll remember King Alfred Daffodils, always the one to plant, famous since its introduction early in the 1900’s. The Netherland Flower Bulb Center keeps scores on these …

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“Naturalizing” Daffodils

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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“Naturalizing” is simply a big word meaning planting something outside the flower garden.  With daffodils, it’s usually in woodland, since they’ll be happy in any unprepared soil—yes, you can plant them anywhere, sun or shade, and in whatever soil is there (except in wet spots or under dense evergreens). If …

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Fall Flowers and the No. 1 Gardening Book All About Them

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
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Is your garden (and maybe the gardener) tired when fall rolls around?  Well, it’s historically the most typical thing among gardeners to sort of give up after August.  After all, you’ve already done a great job with your Tulips, Daffodils, Irises, Peonies, and maybe Roses, but that’s all about spring.  …

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