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Just say no to free plants

You can’t argue too much with “FREE,” unless what is being offered isn’t worth much. However, one person’s “free” may be another person’s “junk” and vice versa. When it comes to plants, free plants should set off alarms like the robot on the old Lost in Space ­television show: “Danger Will Robinson,” even if your […]

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Amaryllis growing advice

After 20 years of doing this ­column, it’s tough to come up with something new and exciting for the holidays. Unlike the world of technology, the world of holiday plants doesn’t evolve quickly, if at all. So, anything that is somewhat new is worth reporting. Amaryllis are still the holiday bulb that usually ends up […]

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Keep on the sunny side…

As the unofficial end of the gardening season, November is also the month to reflect on the past year. Thanksgiving allows the opportunity for us to be thankful. So, what’s there to be thankful for in terms of gardening? Well, we had the drought and heat. Summer’s conditions might not be something we need to […]

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It’s grow time for trees roots

While many take pride in their lawns, shredding hundreds of pounds in mental anguish this ­summer, the smart gardeners look at their trees and shrubs as something more important. This is not to say that any misguided and misplaced intent to make sure the lawn remains green and lush through the worst summer in our […]

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Thinking positively

Argh! Who really wants to think of gardening right now? After a wonderful early spring that made us wish it would just go on and on and on and on for the rest of the year, summer descended on us like a ­vampire, sucking all the life out of us and our plants. Autumn will […]

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To water or not to water

Without water, our plants could stop growing, stop blooming, produce teeny tiny little raspberries and peaches not worth much, go dormant or die. Of course, the latter response tends to be the most noticeable, though as they say, it’s a fine line between dormancy and death. Even the earliest farmers, post-Garden of Eden, learned the […]

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A hair-pulling regulation

Fortunately, good follicular genes have kept most of the hair on my head, though the forehead has been expanding ever so slightly. And Tammy, my hair cutter, does a wonderful job keeping it short. I state this fact because if it weren’t for the genes and Tammy, my hair would be pulled out by government […]

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Embracing a phrase with fervor

Every now and then, buzz words or phrases come along. A current one is “low-input.” It’s an idea of not putting much time and/or money into something, but still enjoying success. It may mean substituting chemical use for a little physical labor, though some will say “low-input” means less labor as well. The two-word phrase […]

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The death of a tree

Let’s say your tree dies. What do you do now? Many will heave a sigh and get out the chainsaw. Some will call a professional to remove the specimen, and depending on the added cost, grind out the stump. Some will swear because the tree is probably located in the worst possible location, usually in […]

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