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Musing about a mossy issue

Moss is somewhat like curly hair. Those with lots of curls envy those with straight hair, and those with straight hair want the curls. Some gardeners strive and strive to get moss to grow in their yards, between bricks and patio pavers. They want their pots to show the aged moss effects. Some even will […]

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Tomatoes

The trouble with tomatoes

By L. A. Jackson Idyllic is the tomato harvest of perfectly round fruits shining in a glow of flawless red. But in the real world of vegetable gardening, such a crop is not always the case because many tomatoes will be scarred, marred and otherwise look down right ugly. Why? Disease! It must be a […]

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Habanero Pepper

Hot peppers: edible and ornamental!

By L. A. Jackson Want to add visual and literal sizzle to your garden this year? Include hot peppers. These popular plants have become staples in many vegetable gardens because, even with heat levels that, in some, seem to approach thermonuclear, it can’t be denied that hot peppers will certainly spice up dull meals at […]

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The enlightened path

By L. A. Jackson Paths are, of course, necessities when it comes to walking from Point A to Point B in a garden, but as utilitarian as they are, with proper planning, they can actually add to the beauty of the landscape. Below are some pointers that will help lead you down an enlightened path […]

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Bringing in the butterflies

By L. A. Jackson   Spring is an ideal time for ­gardeners who love ornamental plants to plan for not only a bountiful show of blooms but also butterflies. That’s right—butterflies. These bright flits of kinetic color are enough to make even the most distracted backyard grower take notice. Stray butterflies will fly into the […]

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It’s bloody cold

As I write this in late January, it is -11 degrees without ­factoring in the wind chill in Rockford, which is where I’m teaching, and ­fortunately not where I’m living. Not that there is anything against Rockford and ­northern Illinois. It’s just as the British would say, “It’s bloody cold” and most of Illinois has […]

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The best way to water orchids

Orchids are one of those fas­cinating plants that impress just about everyone. Production costs and bio-technology have enabled the $100 plant to be yours at the bargain price of less than $20. Granted, you ­probably aren’t ­getting the Cattleya or Papheopedilum orchid. What you probably are ­buying, though, are the Phalaenopsis or Dendrobium, two of […]

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