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Germination, What Is It?

Germination, What Is It?

Every seed packet gives information on germination times, but what is germination and what are its secrets? From a simple definition to methods of germination, let's take a quick look at this important part of a plants life. Define Germination From Websters: to cause...

Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Plant These Vegetables in the Cool Season Some of our favorite vegetables only grow well with cool temperatures. As soon as the weather heats up, they get bitter, go to seed, or melt out. Find out how to grow "salad days" crops. If you think about your favorite salad,...

Heirloom Tomatoes To Treat Your Tastebuds

Heirloom Tomatoes To Treat Your Tastebuds

First of all, what are "heirloom tomatoes"? Why are they a treat to your tastebuds? Without the long version of history, heirloom vegetables are varieties that stood the test of time, often handed down in families of farmers and gardeners. They might have been...

Perennial Plants for Ohio

One of my gardens in Central Ohio A wide range of perennials grow well in Ohio due to its good soils and plentiful rainfall. Perennials for Ohio are chosen for their adaptation to the conditions of this state, rather than what might grow if coddled or given special...

Weeping Cedar and Other Interesting Conifers

Weeping Cedar and Other Interesting Conifers

Have you ever considered planting a weeping tree? How about a weeping conifer like the Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula', better known as Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ or the Weeping Cedar. When branches gracefully droop, they bring a groundedness...

Victorian Ladies and Their Favorite Flowers

Womanly Pursuits The Flower Arrangement by Otto ScholdererLilacs, Peonies, Roses, and Freesias feature in this painting. In the restricted world of the Victorians, woman had a clearly outlined mode of proper avocations and duties. Thankfully, flowers featured in many...

I Wish My Garden Looked Like That

I Wish My Garden Looked Like That

Have you ever found yourself coming home after a visit to a lovely garden, and saying "I wish my garden looked like that"? I have, too. The trouble with such wishful thinking is that what made a particular look so attractive and desirable is not necessarily what you...

Learning About Landscape Shrubs in Atlanta

With the idea of moving into the Atlanta area, a task I'm looking forward to is learning about plants for landscaping an urban or suburban yard in Zone 7b. Already familiar with azaleas, it is time to discover the wide range of wonderful plant material that thrives in...

Pruning Lilacs

Pruning Lilacs

All lilac bushes benefit from regular attention. The purpose of pruning a lilac is to shape the plant and increase bloom quality. This is all part of regular garden maintenance. It normally consists of removing dead or diseased branches and shaping up the shrub....

Heuchera, Native Perennial for Shade

Heuchera, Native Perennial for Shade

From a supporting actor in dappled shade gardens to the bright star of foliage effects, Heuchera has come a long way with many cultivars now available that are mostly grown for their showy and colorful leaves. Contents The Look The Needs Gardening Tips Fun Facts When...

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