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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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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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Prepare your plants for winter

As I sit typing this for November, I wonder what the winter months hold in store. There are rumblings from ­almanac ­writers that winter will be snow-packed and cold, just the way I remember it growing up when ­stoking the coal furnaces were the norm and air conditioning was something the city folks had. Back then, six […]

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October is apple picking time

Sometime this month we are bound to get a frost that will spell the end of most plants. There will be some that will soldier on until a strong freeze actually finishes the job. October, though, is also the month for the apples, which come into their prime during these 31 days. Granted, some apples […]

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