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Category: In The Garden

    Ground Covers

    Ground covers may include shrubs, vines or even grass. Typically less than 18 inches tall, most ground covers grow quickly as to cover a desired area. Because they spread across the ground but don’t grow tall, no cutting is required. Ground covers are usually chosen for texture, density and how well they spread. Other benefits […]

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    Herb Gardening

    Since ancient times, herbs have played an important role in politics, romance, religion, health and superstition. They can be classified as annuals, perennials or biennials: ANNUAL HERBS: include anise, basil, chervil, coriander, dill and summer savoryPERENNIAL HERBS: include chives, fennel, lovage, marjoram, mint, tarragon, thyme and winter savoryBIENNIAL HERBS: include caraway and parsley Growing Herbs […]

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    How to Prepare a Flowerbed

    A properly prepared flowerbed is vital to a great garden. Well-prepared flowerbeds help with many aspects of a successful garden such as drainage, soil nutrients and discouraging pests and diseases. Steps Choose size and shape: Visualize what your flowerbed will look like. Consider the size and shape of the bed and what kind of garden […]

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    Plants Which are Toxic to Cats and Dogs

    Aloe Vera Amaryllis Apple (seeds) Apricot (pit) Avocado (fruit and pit) Azalea Baby’s Breath Bird of Paradise Bittersweet Buckeye Buddhist Pine Caladium Castor Bean Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves) Chinese Evergreen Christmas Rose Cineraria Clematis Croton Cycads Cyclamen Daffodil ——————————————————– DIEFFENBACHIA: (some varieties and common names are) Charming Dumb Cane Giant Gold Silver Spotted Tropic Snow […]

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    Mums

    Mums provide glorious color for the seasonal garden throughout autumn. Garden mums, originally from the Orient, are now grown all over the world for their wonderful display of colorful blooms. They are available in a wide range of colors with many variations of each hue. If the colors aren’t enough to choose from, these flowers […]

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    Ornamental Grasses

    Ornamental grasses may be annuals or perennials; short or tall; spring or fall flowering; prolific self-seeders or sterile; invasive spreaders or well-behaved clump-formers. They add two elements to the the garden that are not provided by many other plants: movement and sound. Most grasses will grow in areas where other plants will not survive. There […]

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    Planting a Vegetable Garden

    Growing and harvesting your own vegetables is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Not only does vegetables gardening let you enjoy nature, but if done properly, it can also save you money. In order to ensure proper planting, just follow these simple steps: Planning your vegetable garden The site location is of utmost importance. Vegetables need […]

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    Planting Bulbs Outdoors

    Bulbs are an easy, economical way of producing a vibrant and colorful flower garden and, in New England especially, the sight of their spring or summer blossoms can be a welcome reprieve from a long, cold winter. Gardeners will often plant bulbs in intervals so that they will have continuous blossoms throughout the spring, summer […]

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    Preventing Winter Burn

    Winter’s extreme temperatures can damage many broadleaf evergreens such as holly, rhododendron, azalea and euonymus. This damage is caused by drying winds and frozen ground, which deprives plants of their natural moisture intake.   WHAT IS WINTERBURN? Most winter plants will get some leaf-browning/discoloration/spotting due to moisture loss. This is the result of a temperature/water […]

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    What do the numbers on a fertilizer container mean?

    When shopping for a fertilizer for your garden or lawn, you’ll notice three numbers on every product. These numbers represent the percent by weight of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and  potassium (K) in every container and are always listed in the same order. For example, a fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food designated […]

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