Gardening News and Ideas by Sharon

Dahlias:  Dos And Don'tsDahlias: Dos And Don'ts
October 1, 2015

My love for dahlias got off to a really slow start. I much preferred soil beneath my fingernails than for those same nails to be blackened by bruises from driving dahlia stakes into the ground. And the truth was, dahlias had no other purpose on earth than to stand around looking totally tall and beautiful. I liked plants that had a reason for being, like tomatoes. Now there was a plant worth growing even if it did need to be staked.

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Stake the DahliasStake the Dahlias
September 29, 2015

I grew up loving wildflowers, their little blooms, their foliage, their purpose in life. They seemed to grow and bloom with absolutely no care or attention. I discovered quite early that none of that was true for my mother's prized dahlias. They had to be staked and tied and needed daily care. I wasn't very fond of a plant whose bloom was too heavy for the stalk it grew on.

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Scarlet Rose Mallow and One Dark NightScarlet Rose Mallow and One Dark Night
September 1, 2015

It started like this: She leaned over with her hand cupped around her mouth, and with her soft low voice against my ear, she whispered: "Wear yore darkest clothes, chile, an' meet me right here jus' 'fore dark. We're gonna git some rose maller seeds." "Aunt Bett, marshmalla seeds? Marshmallas don't . . . " That hand clamped itself over my mouth before I could say another word or even take a breath. Her next whisper was a little louder: "Hush yore mouth, chile, ya cain't grab seeds if ya cain't keep quiet!" The night got worse before it got better.

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Rose Of Sharon:  What's in a Name, AnywayRose Of Sharon: What's in a Name, Anyway
August 30, 2015

A rose is a rose unless it's a Rose of Sharon, and then it's a hibiscus. Some say it's the name of a crocus and others swear it's the name of a tulip and then there's some confusion with the lily of the valley. Poor plant, most likely it lives in a state of constant identity crisis, never knowing on which side of the garden it should grow.

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Lilies and 'Laddin's LampLilies and 'Laddin's Lamp
July 8, 2015

They are the ancestors of all the lovely hybrids that we enjoy in our gardens today, those wild lilies that grow freely in different parts of the world. They have different faces, different names in other places, but I was the lucky one. The beautiful Turk's Cap Lily grew wild and wonderful in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Southeast Kentucky where I grew up.

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Wild Iris RowsWild Iris Rows
June 29, 2015

I stood on a little knoll and looked around me. It was like nothing I'd ever seen, acres and acres of color spread out like a treasured old patchwork quilt made of random shapes and sizes. It was pieced together with strips of green and shades of brown that gently covered the rolling hills. It was an iris farm and every plant seemed to be blooming in glorious color!

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Burlap and BulbsBurlap and Bulbs
November 7, 2014

Most of my plants are perennials, but I have a few bulbs that are not hardy in my zone. Here's how I solved the winter storage problem.

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Sunflower SecretsSunflower Secrets
October 21, 2014

Amazing blooms, those sunflowers have, and behind every huge golden petaled, chocolate-centered face, there hides a world of secrets. Their seeds are filled with nutrition, their young faces follow the sun, and their petals, seeds, and hulls provide both yellow and a dark purple dye. But that's not all: Sunflowers are the globetrotters of the plant world.

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The Magic in YarrowThe Magic in Yarrow
July 22, 2014

There was magic, she said, in the plants we gathered from the mountain. Magic plants had three reasons for living: They gave us food, they gave us medicine, and they gave us beauty. She said yarrow was truly magic because it was also a plant that could live with very little water. To me, the very best part about yarrow was that it was so old it had a story to tell. That made it even more magical. I loved Aunt Bett's stories.

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Landscape or XeriscapeLandscape or Xeriscape
July 20, 2014

A few years ago if you had asked me what I thought when I heard the word "Xeriscape," I would have immediately said "Cactus and rocks." How little I knew and how quickly my mind was forever changed.

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The Gooseberries Are GrowingThe Gooseberries Are Growing
June 13, 2014

It happened every spring as I walked up the dusty one-lane road past Aunt Bett's house. She'd yell out the back door: "The gooseberries are growing! Hurry! I see the robins!" And I'd take off in a run, straight up the mountain to the gooseberry patch.

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Grapes of Wrath, Wine or RaisinsGrapes of Wrath, Wine or Raisins
June 12, 2014

Grapes! These amazing little round balls of sweetness are also great for our health, no matter whether they are fresh off the vine, served dry and wrinkled, or sipped slowly and savored as wine.

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Here a Mint, There a MintHere a Mint, There a Mint
February 17, 2014

Everywhere a mint mint! With apologies to Old MacDonald, let's dig a little deeper into the invasive tactics of a delightful herb named Mentha.

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The BeanThe Bean
January 16, 2014

If you could grow only one vegetable, one that would provide the most nutrition for you and your family, what would it be?

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Fresh Herbs for WinterFresh Herbs for Winter
November 16, 2013

I live in zone 7a and though our winter weather is unpredictable, for the past three years it hasn't stood between my fresh herbs and me. In fact, it was last year's severe drought that taught me the very best lesson. Here are some hints that might help put fresh herbs on your dinner table every winter day.

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Basic Glossary for Beginning GardenersBasic Glossary for Beginning Gardeners
October 8, 2013

New gardeners often hear words that are unfamiliar to them. Here's a short list of basic gardening terms and their definitions.

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Getting To Know Those Flying StingersGetting To Know Those Flying Stingers
September 27, 2013

Uninvited, they join us at picnics. They race for the first bite of our apples. They pounce from beneath the blades of the lawnmower and crawl up the legs of our pants. Even our noses are at risk when we sniff our flowers. "What stung you?" she asked years ago. "I don't know, Ninna, but it had wings and a stinger!"

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Wildflowers:  The Reds in KentuckyWildflowers: The Reds in Kentucky
August 22, 2013

I grew up loving wildflowers. During the 40s and 50s there weren't many other flowers available in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I also grew up loving color and I was particularly attracted to red. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered very few red wildflowers growing in my mountains.

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Wildflowers Through the AgesWildflowers Through the Ages
August 17, 2013

"None can have a healthy love for flowers unless he loves the wild ones." ~ Forbes Watson, art critic and writer, 1879 - 1960

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Black Birch and ToothachesBlack Birch and Toothaches
July 9, 2013

It was a tree just like any other growing in the mountains of Southeast Kentucky, but it glowed like gold in the fall mountain sunshine. I watched Aunt Bett use her pocket knife to cut a little twig from it. She rarely used her pocket knife. Usually, she just broke off what she needed. Then she began to chew on the cut end of the twig, and I began to pay attention.

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Perennials: Grazing for All SeasonsPerennials: Grazing for All Seasons
June 22, 2013

I will admit to being a grazer. When I was very young and growing up in eastern Kentucky, I nibbled my way up one side of the mountain and down the other, learning what was edible and what wasn't. I still nibble and graze and it just occurred to me that all the tastiest nibbles come from the perennials that grow around me.

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A Closer Look at Perennial FoliageA Closer Look at Perennial Foliage
June 16, 2013

It's that time of year again: blooms, blooms and more blooms! And every year just like clockwork, we wake up, grab our coffee and our cameras and race to see the newest blooms in our gardens. If there are no new blooms, we drop our heads and slowly walk back inside to wait for tomorrow. But wait a minute; there's something we shouldn't miss! Let's take a closer look at foliage.

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Field Poppies, the Memorial FlowerField Poppies, the Memorial Flower
May 27, 2013

Sometimes when we are going full blast ahead and not paying a bit of attention to anything around us, something stunning catches our eyes and an old truth simply slaps us right in the face. It happened to me when I saw the poppies.

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In Support of Vines and ClimbersIn Support of Vines and Climbers
May 18, 2013

Are you in an ongoing battle with climbers that insist on invading your space? Do they double in size overnight and block your way out the door? Here are a couple of ideas that might help.

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Planting Signs and Easter SundayPlanting Signs and Easter Sunday
March 31, 2013

We spent most of the month of March watching for signs, those signals that would tell us it was planting time. I don't remember knowing much about the groundhog and his shadow, but I do remember watching for the turkey buzzard to come swooping over our heads, announcing to all the world that spring had arrived.

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Moss TalesMoss Tales
February 5, 2013

Moss, that green slipcover on rocks and sides of trees and old shoes left outside too long; it's moss that lets us know all's well in our environment.

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I Will Plant Veggies with RosesI Will Plant Veggies with Roses
January 13, 2013

I have a plan that will make a huge difference in my future gardens. It's simple really; I'm going to plant vegetables among my flowers and let them argue or fight or become friends. It isn't a new plan, it's one Aunt Bett and I hatched a long time ago.

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Apple Pan DowdyApple Pan Dowdy
December 30, 2012

Long, long years ago when our colonists made their way across the ocean, they brought with them valuable things. One of those valuable things was the apple seed. From those seeds came so many different apple colors, textures and flavors, it's difficult today to make a choice.

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A Firewood TipA Firewood Tip
December 28, 2012

It isn't a good idea to store firewood inside your home. Insects can come inside on the firewood and invade your entire house.

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Sauerkraut for ChristmasSauerkraut for Christmas
December 24, 2012

I can't talk of cabbage without mentioning sauerkraut, and I can't think of sauerkraut without remembering the Christmas I gave it all away.

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Decorative Treats for BirdsDecorative Treats for Birds
December 17, 2012

If you have grapevines or wisteria that need a winter trim, here's an idea that your feathered friends will love.

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A Little Garden for my Christmas TreeA Little Garden for my Christmas Tree
December 11, 2012

It's just an old well worn gardening hat that's seen many years.

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Firewood CautionFirewood Caution
December 8, 2012

Be sure your firewood is untreated. Chemicals in treated wood can react with fire and will release toxins into your home.

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Little ThankgivingsLittle Thankgivings
November 22, 2012

Winter celebrations were all strung out like beads on a necklace, one right after the other. It was difficult for a child to tell one from the other since most of them were all covered in snow, but I always knew Thanksgiving followed closely on the edges of my birthday.

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Root Cellars and Bright City LightsRoot Cellars and Bright City Lights
November 14, 2012

The last time I made my way out of the darkness of a root cellar was in 1952 and I vowed then I'd never return. So why is it that now, 60 years later, I'm longing for a root cellar?

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Looking for Magic:  Cayenne PepperLooking for Magic: Cayenne Pepper
October 31, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Cayenne pepper, HOT! On a hot scale of one to five, I'd rank it close to a six, it's that powerful. Even so, it too contains magic; let's find it.

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Looking for Magic:  ThymeLooking for Magic: Thyme
October 29, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." I needed a little magic in my life and I think I've found what I need in spices. Along with a few others, thyme is one that is ripe with nutrition. Let's check it out.

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Looking for Magic:  Bay LeafLooking for Magic: Bay Leaf
October 23, 2012

As often as we use herbs and spices, we really should be aware of their nutritional value. Finding their magic is important too. Let's take a close look at bay leaves and see the surprises they bring to our kitchen.

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Looking for Magic:  SageLooking for Magic: Sage
October 16, 2012

We've been talking about the nutrition that hides in everyday spices. Aunt Bett always said, 'Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." It's the magic I'm looking for now in garden sage.

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Daylilies for DinnerDaylilies for Dinner
October 9, 2012

Growing up I ate more when grazing in the gardens than when sitting at the dinner table. Even now I wander around tasting my tomatoes, a nibble here, a nibble there, a leaf of spearmint, a daylily bud or two, a pinch of rosemary, basil . . . Yes. I do. I nibble my daylilies.

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Garden Makeovers:  Moon GardenGarden Makeovers: Moon Garden
October 4, 2012

Did you ever think about giving your gardens a total makeover? My newest garden is probably ten years old and over the years it has had additions randomly tucked in here and there. I've been thinking about a change and I think I'll start with white. How about a Moon Garden where an old patchwork garden used to be?

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Looking for Magic:  BasilLooking for Magic: Basil
October 1, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Most of the time we don't have to look very far; most of the time we can find magic in our own herb gardens.

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Looking for Magic:  RosemaryLooking for Magic: Rosemary
September 28, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." You know, rosemary isn't just another pretty face; let's see if we can find its magic.

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Looking for Magic:  Black PepperLooking for Magic: Black Pepper
September 25, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." We get so used to seeing condiments at every meal, sometimes we don't even notice them and we certainly never think of the plants that are their source. Most of them provide nutrition our bodies need, whether we realize it or not. So is black pepper magic? Surely not. Oh, but let's take a closer look.

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Looking for Magic:  CilantroLooking for Magic: Cilantro
September 24, 2012

The scent of cilantro didn't impress me a few years ago. I planted it in my garden as a border plant only because I loved the look of its lacy foliage. Funny how a few years can make a huge difference. Aunt Bett always said, 'Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Here's my take on cilantro now; I looked for the magic.

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Let 'em Grow:  White CloverLet 'em Grow: White Clover
September 17, 2012

Some plants are called weeds and are frowned upon by gardeners, but often their good far outweighs their bad. Clover is one of them.

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Review:  "Garden Up," a Book by Susan Morrison and Rebecca SweetReview: "Garden Up," a Book by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet
August 21, 2012

'Garden Up' is an excellent book for gardening vertically in spaces large, small or anything in between. It's filled with everything from instructions, directions, and colorful images to lists of plants that will grow in the spaces that are portrayed. This is a must read for gardeners, one that you'll take outside with you.

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Legends, Old Cedar Trees and ChildrenLegends, Old Cedar Trees and Children
August 8, 2012

Let's talk a little about legends, lore and Nature. On good weather Sundays, late in the afternoon, you can find me wandering in the Land Between the Lakes here in western Kentucky. I have a friend who always goes with me; last week when she called she said, "Let's go visit the Cedar Tree."

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Let 'em Grow: PlantainLet 'em Grow: Plantain
August 3, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that might change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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Garden Tour: DahtzuGarden Tour: Dahtzu
July 15, 2012

Let's take a little trip to North Carolina to see the gardens that Dahtzu has created. I think you'll really enjoy the beauty of this visit.

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The Shade Garden and the SnakeThe Shade Garden and the Snake
July 5, 2012

During most winters my grandmother visited her two daughters in cities far from the mountains where I was growing up. As soon as spring arrived, she came home again to garden.

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Celebrating All Things PlantsCelebrating All Things Plants
July 4, 2012

It's been a little like Jack's beanstalk, you know, the rapid growth of All Things Plants. It's only been a year, but just look at what the year has brought to gardeners all around the world. Let's begin this article now with a word from the top.

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Let 'em Grow: DitchliliesLet 'em Grow: Ditchlilies
July 2, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that might change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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The Summer of Stolen TomatoesThe Summer of Stolen Tomatoes
June 20, 2012

They were only little tomato plants, each no more than two or three inches tall. I carefully dug two of them from the family garden and transplanted them to my own private garden hidden behind the playhouse. After all, who would ever miss two little tomato plants?

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A Squirrel TipA Squirrel Tip
June 19, 2012

To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant; squirrels won't come near it.

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A Bell Pepper TipA Bell Pepper Tip
June 14, 2012

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and stronger flavored.

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Let 'em Grow:  ChicoryLet 'em Grow: Chicory
June 11, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that will hopefully change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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Let 'em Grow:  ChickweedLet 'em Grow: Chickweed
June 5, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that will hopefully change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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Garden Tours:  HollyAnnSGarden Tours: HollyAnnS
May 27, 2012

Join us as we travel to south central Pennsylvania to see the gardens that Holly and her husband have created. It's going to be a delightful journey through a beautiful garden. Be sure to click the pictures so you don't miss a thing.

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Let 'em Grow:  DandelionsLet 'em Grow: Dandelions
May 22, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that might change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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Garden Tours:  jmorthGarden Tours: jmorth
May 20, 2012

It's an amazing garden we're touring today, the creation of a man, his plants and his flying friends. We think you are going to enjoy this trip to Illinois. Come join us and be sure to click the images so you can enjoy the full view.

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Review:  "And I Shall Have Some Peace There," a Book by Margaret RoachReview: "And I Shall Have Some Peace There," a Book by Margaret Roach
May 18, 2012

Right up front I'll tell you this book is not a 'how-to' gardening book. It is, however, a book that might very well mirror every thought and fear that most of us gardeners have faced at one time or another. Let's take a look at a surprisingly fun, totally inspiring, and very personal glimpse into the soul of a New York businesswoman turned full-time gardener.

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Garden Tours:  Huggergirl, (Tamara)Garden Tours: Huggergirl, (Tamara)
May 13, 2012

Northeast Indiana might give gardeners a challenge with its hilly terrain, but Tamara is meeting that challenge with beautiful blooms. Let's take a look as she shares her gardens with us.

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Garden Tours: MarilynGarden Tours: Marilyn
May 6, 2012

We are on our way to northern Kentucky to take a look at Marilyn's gardens. Be sure to click on the images so you'll see the whole picture; you don't want to miss anything!

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Garden Tours: kqcrnaGarden Tours: kqcrna
April 29, 2012

We are going to Ohio this week to spend some time with Karen (kqcrna) in her lovely gardens. Be sure to click on each image so you don't miss a thing. You will love all the color combinations.

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Garden Tours: mcash70Garden Tours: mcash70
April 22, 2012

Come with us now as we travel to Canada to view the gorgeous gardens of Margaret, (mcash70). Short growing seasons and long cold winters don't seem to mar the beauty of her landscape. Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them. You are going to love what you see!

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Old Dishwater and Homemade InsecticidesOld Dishwater and Homemade Insecticides
April 15, 2012

I don't ingest harmful chemicals, I don't give them to my family or my cats and I certainly don't want them near my plants or in my soil. So what should I do about those slugs, meal worms, spider mites, cabbage worms and Japanese beetles that insist on destroying my flowers and vegetables? Simple, really. I just do what my grandmother did; I save my old dishwater.

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Garden Tours:  ChelleGarden Tours: Chelle
April 8, 2012

This is a Garden Tour you'll long remember. Chelle has done marvelous things with her 10 acres in Indiana and she will show us both the before and after photos. We think you are going to love this tour! (Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge so you'll get the full picture!)

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Planting by the Light of the MoonPlanting by the Light of the Moon
April 6, 2012

Aunt Bett said, "Listen to the moon. It'll tell you when to plant." I think she was real close to being right.

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Opinion:  Erasing Carbon FootprintsOpinion: Erasing Carbon Footprints
April 1, 2012

I learned a lot growing up. I learned to make do with what I had, I learned to live off the land, I learned to respect nature. But somewhere along the way I almost lost sight of all that learning.

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Garden Tours:  Onewish1:  AllisonGarden Tours: Onewish1: Allison
March 24, 2012

Let's go to New Jersey this week to take a look at Allison's gardens. Her makeover is amazing and what she does with containers is beautiful. You are going to enjoy this!

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Garden Tours:  WoofieGarden Tours: Woofie
March 10, 2012

Great gardens of fun and beauty are to be found in one far corner of our country. Let's visit Woofie in the state of Washington and take a look at them. You are going to love what you see!

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Garden Tours: goldfinch4, Chris RentmeisterGarden Tours: goldfinch4, Chris Rentmeister
February 25, 2012

It's exciting to look at beautiful gardens in the middle of winter. For our first tour of the new season we're taking you to Wisconsin to see the gardens of Chris Rentmeister. Her creative touch can be seen not only in the color combination of blooms, but also in the interesting garden art she shares with us. You're going to love what you see!

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Wildlife: Opinion - a Closer LookWildlife: Opinion - a Closer Look
February 23, 2012

It's that time again. Critters who live near you are making plans for midnight raids on your roses, early morning feasts involving your lettuce, and late afternoon snacks with your daffodils. It's that time again; trust me, they're making plans. It's a surprise party they'll have. You won't be getting an invitation.

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Opinion:  Trees, Hearts and BonesOpinion: Trees, Hearts and Bones
January 28, 2012

Recently I wrote an article about trees and their value to our lives; this is a follow-up to that article. At the time I was writing it, I failed to mention one aspect of trees that we can't do without, so let's get right to the heart and backbone of the matter.

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Opinion:  A Few Good TreesOpinion: A Few Good Trees
January 10, 2012

It's a good time to take a look at the bare bones of trees now that winter is upon most of us. That's about all we can see anyway since they aren't dressed in their leafy finery at the moment. Look out your window. How many trees can you see?

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Carrots and Evergreens and Winter CelebrationsCarrots and Evergreens and Winter Celebrations
December 27, 2011

No doubt wreaths and garlands of red and green are decorating your homes this week. I've been thinking quite seriously of making a carrot wreath for my front door. After all, it's carrots that played an important role in my winter celebrations; isn't that how traditions start?

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Garden Tour:  Frostweed, (Josephine)Garden Tour: Frostweed, (Josephine)
December 10, 2011

We're going to Texas this week to visit the beautiful gardens of Frostweed. Come join us as we see what this very gracious lady has to share.

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All About SassafrasAll About Sassafras
December 8, 2011

Do you like gumbo? How about hot tea? There's nothing better on a cold winter day than hot soups and hot drinks. How does sassafras enter into the picture? Climb up the mountain with Aunt Bett and me and we'll tell you.

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Garden Tours:  LarryR, Larry RettigGarden Tours: LarryR, Larry Rettig
December 3, 2011

It's to Iowa we travel this week, to visit the gardens of Larry Rettig and his wife, Wilma. I've been fortunate, I met Larry's Amana Colonies garden face to face earlier this year. I wandered those garden paths for days and every day I found something new. Let's take a look at these unbelievably beautiful Iowa gardens.

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All About HollyAll About Holly
November 30, 2011

It was a mystery. All my friends could decorate their homes with holly for Christmas but I was never allowed to cut its branches. It was years before I could understand the magic of the holly tree.

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Letters to the EditorLetters to the Editor
November 24, 2011

A successful site is made by the interest and the strength of its members. From time to time I receive from our members letters that are worthy of sharing. Today's letter is from Brenda Savage and on this Thanksgiving Day I'd like to share it with you.

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Garden Tours:  Ridesredmule, Charleen HarrellGarden Tours: Ridesredmule, Charleen Harrell
November 19, 2011

Let's go south to Georgia this week to take a look at Charleen's gardens. We already know she loves her animals; now we can see how she loves her plants. Be sure to click on her pictures to enlarge them.

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Garden Tours:  Valleylynn, Lynn SmithGarden Tours: Valleylynn, Lynn Smith
November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Garden Tours: AlohaHoya, Carol NoelGarden Tours: AlohaHoya, Carol Noel
November 5, 2011

Welcome to Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel to Hawaii where Carol will take us through the gardens she and her husband have created. You are going to love what you see! Be sure you click on the images to enlarge them.

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All About the Fringe TreeAll About the Fringe Tree
November 2, 2011

It was an elusive tree. We searched all the way up and down the mountain for what seemed to be years before I finally found the Fringe Tree. I told Aunt Bett we must be on a snipe hunt.

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Garden Tours:  flaflwrgrl, AnnGarden Tours: flaflwrgrl, Ann
October 29, 2011

Welcome to All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel way down south to Florida where Ann will take us through the gardens she has created. You are going to love what you see!

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Garden Tours: TarevGarden Tours: Tarev
October 22, 2011

Welcome to All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel to zone 7 where Tarev will take us through the gardens she has created. You are going to love what you see!

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Garden Tours:  Calsurf73, MikeGarden Tours: Calsurf73, Mike
October 15, 2011

Welcome to All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel to California where Mike will take us through the gardens he has created. You are going to love what you see!

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Garden Tours:  Indygardengal, Veronica BowlingGarden Tours: Indygardengal, Veronica Bowling
October 8, 2011

Welcome to All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel to Indiana where Veronica will take us through the gardens she has created. You are going to love what you see! (Be sure to click each image for an enlarged view.)

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Garden Tours: ge1836, Jo Ann GentleGarden Tours: ge1836, Jo Ann Gentle
October 1, 2011

Welcome to a special feature at All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel to New York to see the gardens created by Jo Ann Gentle. I think you are going to love what you see! (Be sure to click each image for an enlarged view.)

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Garden Tours:  JoannabananaGarden Tours: Joannabanana
September 24, 2011

Welcome to a new feature at All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we go to Alberta, Canada to see the gardens created by Joannabanana. I think you are going to love what you see! (Be sure to click each image for an enlarged view.)

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All About GoldenrodAll About Goldenrod
September 21, 2011

It isn't goldenrod that makes you sneeze. It's the ragweed that grows beside it. Let's take a look at this golden beauty that many would like to banish. Aunt Bett and I never could convince Mom that goldenrod didn't cause her allergies; maybe I can convince you.

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Garden Tours:  ZuzuGarden Tours: Zuzu
September 17, 2011

Welcome to a new feature at All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. This week we are going to California for the breathtaking view created by Zuzu. Come with us as she tells us all about her gardens. (Be sure to click each image for an enlarged view.)

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All About MayappleAll About Mayapple
September 12, 2011

I learned more from Aunt Bett's stories than I ever learned from books. Here's a lesson that she repeated every fall.

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Avoid Hot Spots for FernsAvoid Hot Spots for Ferns
August 19, 2011

Plant ferns away from the foundation of a house if that foundation gets hot afternoon sun. Bricks and concrete retain heat and too much heat kills most ferns.

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All About AloeAll About Aloe
August 4, 2011

My mother had a plethora of houseplants. They held no interest for me when I was growing up. I much preferred climbing the mountains with Aunt Bett, gathering wildflowers and herbs and learning of the magic they held. To a little tomboy, houseplants were nothing but boring, except for the one that I was told to never touch, Aloe vera.

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All About MilkweedAll About Milkweed
July 28, 2011

It took many years but it finally occurred to me that some of our most common plants have a more colorful history than our notably famous people do. The common milkweed is one of them.

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Granny Laurie's RoseGranny Laurie's Rose
May 27, 2011

The rose is much older than I am, and yet it grows and blooms as if it's just so happy to be here. The rains come, the winds rage, and still Granny Laurie's rose just keeps right on blooming. I wish I could do that.

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