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WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TOMATO?

WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TOMATO? It used to be easy to figure out what color tomato to plant. No, they are not just red anymore.   Now you have a choice: red, yellow, striped, green, orange, even black. And those colors in many cases taste differently to most palates.   Let’s start with the easiest first. […]
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TRIAGE FOR A WINTER DAMAGED LANDSCAPE

Are you looking at a winter damaged landscape wondering where to start? Be heartened – the healing capacity of nature is nothing short of astounding. A few weeks ago I wouldn’t have thought so much vegetation could have recovered from such a cruel March.  Now as I survey the landscape, I see shrubs that have […]
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WEATHERPROOF PLANTS

From my kitchen window last week, I got an unexpected glimpse of coppery-orange. It took me a few seconds to realize it was the spidery, threadlike flowers of my Jelena Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’) . This is the earliest this plant has ever bloomed, surely owing to the recent warm temperatures and abundant […]
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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

“Did you ever meet a gardener, who, however fair his ground, was absolutely content and pleased? Is there not always a tree to be felled or a bed to be turned? Is there not ever some grand mistake to be remedied next summer?” This quote from Samuel Reynolds Hole in A Book About Roses in […]
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It’s Finally Fall

This season is markedly different. With the late season warm temps (warmest October ever!), I got impatient to plant my garlic and spring bulbs waiting for the soil to cool off. I was always taught that the soil had to be at least 60 degrees F or cooler. So I dug deeply — pun intended […]
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Look for Fall

Not that I want to say goodbye to summer and all that it brings, but I do look forward to the seasonal change to autumn. Its cooling temperatures, the foliage colors, children running around in cute costumes and hyperactive from too much sugar on Halloween – –  you get the picture. Officially autumn arrived last […]
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Tune-Up Time

No, not for your car but for your garden. WHY? Right about now, things are probably looking a little played out. Unless you have been fertilizing all along this season, your containers are most likely looking a little tired when you want them to look perky and those plants that are supposed to rebloom don’t […]
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