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Fruiting Banana Tree for Containers
There is no fruit more representative of the tropics than the banana. However, other than frost-free areas in South Florida, Texas, and Southern California, you rarely see fruiting bananas in the...
Spectacular Evergreen Dogwood With Abundant Flowers
Chinese evergreen dogwoods ( Cornus angustata ) are a relatively new group of landscape trees that are primarily grown in the Southeast. Although they have been around for 20 years, they arent...
Electric Fly Swatter for Your Next Picnic
Summertime is mosquito and flying insect time in many areas of the country. The simplest method of killing an errant fly is with a fly swatter. However, trying to kill a flying insect with a fly...
Pea Seeds Grow Better With Vitamin C
If youve had trouble getting pea seeds to germinate and grow in your garden, try soaking the seeds in a solution of vitamin C or folic acid before planting. Researchers at the University of...
In the Garden
One of our favorite family stories stars my sister who, when she was about four, proudly presented my mother with a fistful of pansies. She said she found them growing under her bed. On further questioning, she said they were growing in the sandbox....
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Beware Colored Wood Chip Mulch If you like the artificially colored mulches, it's important to find out where the wood came from...
Clever Gardening Technique
Pruning Lilacs Now's the time when you can safely prune lilacs without sacrificing next year's blooms. If the...
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- Plant Bearded Iris
- Freeze Rhubarb
- Watch for Lily Leaf Beetles
- Give Plants a Dose of Aspirin
- Foil Slugs and Snails