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Balloon Flower Trial
Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...
New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage
Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...
Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water
Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...
Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!
The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...
In the Garden
One of my most prized houseplants is a bromeliad given to me by a gardening friend who grows dozens of species in his greenhouse and delights in propagating these tropical beauties. When I first received it, I knew I couldn't duplicate his growing...
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Bromeliads are impressive tropical flowering plants, yet their culture remains a mystery to most...
Clever Gardening Technique
Bulb Trowels for Safe Transplanting I often find myself transplanting very tiny seedlings -- mostly self-sown volunteers that appear...
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- Removing Snow from Shrubs
- Prune Deciduous Trees
- Keeping Indoor Plants Healthy
- Watch for Indoor Plant Pests
- Clean and Sanitize Seed-starting Containers