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2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Winners
As you plan your gardens for 2014, be sure to include a few or all of the All-America Selection Flower Winners. They are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
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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.
Add a Bit of Pizzazz to Your Summer Landscape
The summer weather and your busy schedule have left your landscape looking a bit weary. There’s still time to add sparkle and enjoy your landscape this summer.
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Add Grace to Your Garden with Papyrus
Papyrus has been an important crop throughout history used for food, shelter, fiber, and medicine. In more recent times it has been popular as both an indoor and outdoor plant.
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Apple Tree Fails to Produce
No fruit and all leaves is a common complaint of gardeners new to growing apples. Fortunately, with a little time and adjustments in care you will soon be rewarded with fruit.
Apples - National Apple Month - Scary Apple Heads for Halloween
Celebrate National Apple month and prepare for Halloween by creating a few scary apple heads.
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Walking into a garden center filled with beautiful new varieties of plants is a temptation many gardeners succumb to. You can include some of the cool new plants in your landscape even when your plant budget is limited or you are trying to make it go further.
Cedar Apple, Quince, or Hawthorn Rust
Don't panic if your red cedar, a type of juniper, looks like it has been slimed. The gelatinous orange substance is the fruiting stage of cedar–apple rust.
Celebrate National Pear Month
Celebrate National Pear Month by adding a few of your favorite pear dishes to your family meals.
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.
Cleaning and Storing Plant Pots
Piles of plastic pots fill the sheds and garages of gardeners across the country. Don’t throw these in the trash. Rather look for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle plant pots.
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Create an Exotic Garden in Your Favorite Container
Bring a bit of the desert, tropics or evergreen forest to your backyard. Container plantings allow you to push the limits of your growing environment.
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Dry Bottle Garden (Plant Cacti and Succulents in a Wine Bottle)
Put those empty wine bottles to work as containers for cacti and succulents.
All you need is an empty bottle, a well-drained potting mix and a few small succulents. Cut an opening into the side of the bottle or purchase a precut bottle.
Elderberry: International Herb of the Year
Hardy, edible and the 2013 International Herb of the Year make elderberry a great plant for any size landscape or even container gardens.
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Enhance Your Front Door with Unique and Seasonal Decor
Dress up your front door and welcome guests with unique or seasonal decor.
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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On your next winter walk, check apples, pears, quince and other members of the rose family for signs of fireblight disease.
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Try forcing a few spring flowering bulbs for indoor enjoyment or added beauty on your patio and deck.
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From the Faucet to the Garden - Water for the Garden
No matter where you live we are all concerned about our precious resource – water. And whether you live in an apartment or you garden a large plot of ground – you can make a difference one bucket at a time.
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 Some Homemade Soup for Valentine's Day
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Homemade Soup Day by sharing a bowl of soup with the ones you love. And while you sip some soup, start planning the soup ingredients you’ll grow in this year’s garden.
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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 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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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.
Heat Loving Annuals for the Garden and Containers
Give summer gardens and container plantings a boost by incorporating a few heat-loving annuals.
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.
Love Apples for Valentine's Day
Change things up this Valentine's Day and consider a meal that includes the love apple.
Low Maintenance Calibrachoas (Million Bells & Superbells)
Brighten your landscape with the season-long blooms of calibrachoas also known as Million Bells® and Superbells®. These cousins of the petunia pack lots of beauty with very little maintenance.
Making Flavored Vinegars
Liven up your meals and extend your garden enjoyment with flavored vinegars.
Managing Apple Pests
As you harvest apples you may notice a few less-than-perfect fruit. Fortunately, most can be salvaged and used for sauces, juices and other purposes.
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.
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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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.
Pallets Add Function and Beauty to the Landscape
Upcycle old pallets into fences, compost bins, planters and even sheds.
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.
Preparing Dormant Annuals for the Growing Season
Clear a spot on the windowsill and make room for geraniums, fuchsias, lantanas and any other plants that were stored in a cool dark location indoors for winter.
Recycle Wrapping Paper into Decorative Pots
Don't throw away that wrapping paper. Give it and other scrap paper a second life in creating decoupage pots for your garden.
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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Space Saving Vegetable Gardening Tips
Don’t panic if your garden plans are bigger than the available planting space. I have some space saving techniques that can help you get the most out of your landscape.
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Stating Trees and Shrubs from Hardwood Cuttings
It's all in the timing – when trying to start trees and shrubs from a cutting.
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.
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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Walk Off Calories and Plan Your Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for next year's garden with a hike through your neighborhood, botanical garden or arboretum.
What's New: 2011 All-America Selections Winners (AAS)
Get your garden off to a winning start by including a few All-America Selections winners in this year’s garden.
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What's On My Plate Day: Grow Nutritional Vegetables
Celebrate “What’s on my Plate Day” and surprise your family with a plate full of nutritious vegetables. Serve ‘em cooked up as ratatouille, chopped and mixed in a stir-fry or tossed in a tasty salad.
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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials
Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.
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.