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2016 All-America Selections Winner: Strawberry Delizz
Whether gardening on a balcony or large suburban lot, you can enjoy the sweet flavor of homegrown Delizz strawberries.
All-America Selections Vegetable Winners
Looking to expand your vegetable garden this year? Consider adding a few of the 2016 All-America Selections vegetable winners.
Attract Hummingbirds with Flower-filled Hanging Baskets
Help attract hummingbirds to your feeders with a few flower-filled hanging baskets.
Looking for something different to grow? Try a blood lily.
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month; Grow a Garden for the Birds
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by planning then planting a few bird friendly additions to your garden.
Celebrate National Pear Month
Celebrate National Pear Month by adding a few of your favorite pear dishes to your family meals.
Celebrate National Pollinators Week
Celebrate national Pollinator Week by lending a helping hand to bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and bats that help pollinate our gardens, so we have seeds, fruits and vegetables to eat.
Celebrate Rose Month - Eat Your Roses
The from-the-garden-to-the-table movement is not just about fruits and vegetables. Edible flowers like roses can provide beauty in a vase or on your dinner plate.
Add some flavor and potassium to your family meals with a bit of homegrown cilantro.
Disease Resistant Major Wheeler Red Honeysuckle
Add a spot of red to the garden and help bring in the hummingbirds.
Enjoy a Bit of Garden Aromatherapy
Gardeners have been into aromatherapy way before it was hip and trendy. Just take a walk through a fragrant garden and your mood will improve. Increase these benefits by focusing your nose to certain herbs in the garden.
Fall and Winter Care for Ornamental Grasses
Motion, texture, winter interest and wildlife appeal describe the beauty and value of ornamental grasses in the landscape. Providing the proper fall and winter care will ensure you get the most from these low maintenance beauties.
Webby tents can often be seen on the tips of tree branches in fall. Apples, willows, birch, and ash are just a few of the more than 100 species that can be infested. These webby tents are the home to the fall webworm.
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Family Fun Feeding the Birds
Plants are the easiest way to bring birds into your landscape, but you may want to increase the number and diversity of winged visitors by supplementing with a few feeders.
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Father's Day Garden Gift Ideas
Combine a bit of gardening and your imagination to create a memorable gift for Father's Day.
Green Roof Birdfeeder
Invite the birds into your landscape for added color, motion, and interest while creating a focal point in one of your gardens. Plant a green roof birdfeeder.
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Grow a Pizza Garden
Add a little fun and flavor to your landscape this summer with a pizza garden. You can grow almost all the ingredients, except of course the cheese, sausage and anchovies, in your vegetable garden, amongst your flowers, or even in containers. And add to the fun by planting the ingredients in the shape of a pizza pie or just a slice.
Grow a Pollinator Friendly Garden
Give nature and your garden a helping hand this season by creating a pollinator-friendly landscape.
Grow Parsley for You and the Butterflies to Enjoy
Parsley is not just a garnish for your meals. This Vitamin rich herb is a great addition to your garden and recipes.
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Grow Star and Heart Shaped Veggies
Add a little star power to your meals with the help of cookie cutters and veggie molds.
Grow Your Own Chocolate - Chocolate Mint, That Is!
Add some chocolate to your diet and garden without adding all those calories.
Grow Your Own Fat-free and Flavorful Apples
Apples are the perfect fat free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Grow Your Own Herbs
Add some flavor and fragrance to your garden, meals, beverages, and garden parties with homegrown herbs. Whether growing in a container, mixed amongst flowers and vegetables or in a garden of their own, you will enjoy an herbal addition to the landscape.
Apples are the perfect fat-free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Growing Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckias)
Fond memories and easy care may come to mind when you hear the name Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckias). There are more than 20 different annual, biennial and perennial species and most tolerate clay soil, drought and the deer tend to leave them be.
Growing Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Brighten the summer garden with spires of bright red blooms of cardinal flowers and the hummingbirds and butterflies they attract.
Growing Fruit in Small Spaces
No space for a garden? Don't worry you can add fruits to your patio, balcony or other small space landscape.
Growing Fruit Plants in Your Landscape
Improve the flavor of your meals and reduce our national energy use by growing your own fruit.
Heat Related Tomato Disorders; Yellow Shoulders and White Cores
If your tomato harvest wasn't up to par this season, you can blame it on the weather. High temperatures can prevent fruit set, delay ripening and impact fruit quality.
Heat Tolerant Cilantro Flavored Papalo
Cilantro is a favorite ingredient in guacamole, tacos, rice dishes and of course salsa. But as summer temperatures climb the cilantro quickly goes to seed. Reduce the frustration by adding a bit of Papalo, also known as summer cilantro, to your garden.
Herbs for Grilling
Make it fun and convenient to add some homegrown flavor to your cookouts. Grow a few herbs in a pot or garden right next to the grill.
Homegrown Garnishes for Holiday Meals
Make your holiday meals just a bit more special, decorative, fun, and nutritional with homegrown garnishes.
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Invite in the Birds for Natural Insect Control
Invite the birds into your landscape and decrease the number of insects attacking your garden.
Junior Walker Catmint
If you’ve grown Walker’s Low catmint – you know it’s not so low. In fact, this heat and drought tolerant perennial grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. If this is a problem, I have an alternative for you.
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Love Apples for Valentine's Day
Change things up this Valentine's Day and consider a meal that includes the love apple.
Making Flavored Vinegars
Liven up your meals and extend your garden enjoyment with flavored vinegars.
Managing Picnic Beetles
Don't share the harvest with picnic beetles this summer. Regular harvesting and sanitation can help reduce problems with this garden pest.
More Herbs, Less Salt Day (August 29)
Put away the saltshaker and season your meals with herbs instead.
National Bloody Mary Day - Ode to Lovage
January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day. As you start the New Year consider growing all the ingredients, including the straw, in this year's garden.
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National Camera Day
Celebrate National Camera day by spending a bit of time in your garden or favorite landscape.
National Camera Day: Capture Your Garden's Beauty
June 29th is National Camera Day, so grab your favorite camera, cell phone or tablet and head to the garden.
National Gardening Exercise Day
It's National Gardening Exercise Day, so get out and workout in your garden today!
National Pear Month
You purchase a beautiful pear, set it on the counter to ripen and a few days later take a bite. Seems it is either too hard or over ripe. In fact, 84% of people surveyed did not know how to tell when a pear was ripe.
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New Heat and Drought Loving Annual Varieties
Zinnias, sunflowers and moss roses are the go to annuals for hot dry weather. Liven up the summer garden with a few new heat tolerant varieties.
No Fruit on Holly - December's Other Birth Flower
Holly is a popular plant in holiday displays, one of the birth flowers for December and a favorite evergreen in the landscape.
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October Birth Flower - Calendula
An edible beauty serves as the birth flower for those born in October. The yellow and orange blooms of calendulas were considered sacred by some and magical by other cultures of the past. And many used them for dyes, insect repellents and medicinal remedies.
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Ornamental Edible Landscape - Fruit Plants
Round out your meals with some fresh from the garden fruit. It is easier than you think to grow your own apples, plums, and berries.
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Outdoor Vegetable Cleaning Station
Don’t let your garden soil end up in the kitchen. Instead create a produce cleaning station outside near the garden.
Peanut Butter Shrub (Clerodendron) and Popcorn Plant (Cassia)
Add some fun and fragrance to the garden with a peanut butter shrub and popcorn plant.
Poor Fruiting on Cucumber, Squash and Other Vine Crops
Your plants look great, loaded with healthy leaves and flowers, but there is still no fruit. This is a common complaint I hear from gardeners growing squash, cucumbers and other vine crops.
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Poor Melon Harvest - Few and Tasteless Fruit
It's not your fault. Blame it on the weather when your muskmelon harvest is small or the fruit is tasteless.
You'll notice muskmelons lack the usual sweet flavor when the weather is dark and cloudy. Overwatering or excess rainfall as the melons ripen also dilutes the sweet flavor.
Poor pollination explains the lack of fruit. The first set of flowers are all male. The second set are male and female so pollination and fertilization can occur for fruit to develop. Cold rain and cloudy conditions can reduce pollination. Make sure to grow bee friendly plants in your landscape.
Very hot weather and drought can also prevent fruit development. Be sure to water plants thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Mulch with straw, shredded leaves or other organic matter to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
A bit more information: Water properly throughout the season, manage weeds and mulch the soil. Keeping plants healthy reduces the risk of diseases that can also impact the fruit's flavor.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Don’t drag that Christmas tree to the curb. Give it a second life in your landscape.
Cut trees make great windbreaks in the landscape. Strategically place discarded Christmas trees on the windward side of rhododendron, boxwood and other broadleaf evergreens to reduce problems with winter burn.
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Red and White Oaks
Winter is a great time to appreciate the majesty and beauty of oak trees. Many of these long-lived large trees have endured centuries of challenging weather and the expansion of urban development.
Scarlet Runner Bean: Colorful, Edible with Great Hummingbird Appeal
Add some color and hummingbird appeal to your garden and containers with scarlet runner bean.
Shrubs That Attract Birds
Birds can add color and motion to your landscape year round. Planting shrubs that provide food and shelter is an easy and affordable way to bring birds into your backyard.
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Simple Combination Attracts Goldfinches
What do cosmos and lettuce have in common? You can start them both from seed directly in the garden for you and the goldfinches to enjoy.
Spiral Herb Garden
Grow a 25-foot row of herbs in a circular garden 6 feet in diameter and 3 feet tall by creating a Spiral Herb Garden.
Stating Trees and Shrubs from Hardwood Cuttings
It's all in the timing – when trying to start trees and shrubs from a cutting.
Summer Lawn Care
Warm temperatures, drought and summer rain storms take their toll on our landscapes. Keep your lawn healthy and looking its best despite the summer weather.
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Summer Pruning of Raspberries
A bit of summer pruning goes a long way to keeping your raspberries healthy and productive. So get out the mosquito netting, long sleeves and pruners and get busy.
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The Apple: December 23rd to January 1st Birth Tree
If you were born between December 23rd and January 1st your birth tree is the apple. It is said to represent scientific talents, charm and a carefree philosopher with imagination.
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The Edible and Ornamental Chokeberry (Aronia)
Though chokeberry is not an appetizing name, this four season beauty is making a big impact in edible and ornamental gardens.
Threadleaf coreopsis is a long-blooming drought tolerant perennial that attracts butterflies and goldfinches to the garden. Add a few long time favorites and colorful new introductions to your landscape.
You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season.
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Water Problems in Your Landscape and Solutions
Don’t let standing water, seasonal flooding, and poorly drained soils stop you from growing a beautiful landscape. Try one of these strategies to manage the excess water and create a healthy environment for your landscape plants.
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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Brighten your winter gardens and containers with winterberry. This deciduous holly produces an abundance of red berries you and the birds will enjoy.