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Peat Moss in the Garden: Is it Sustainable?

Nothing is as simple as it seems. Case in point: peat makes a great growing medium that many gardeners rely on for everything from...
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Befriend a Farmer at the Farmers' Market

Farmers' markets are expanding in cities across the country. As consumers search for quality, affordable produce, local growers have stepped up to fill the need. In August my local farmers' market is a bustling hub of the community...
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Moss in the City ... Literally

Since this column debuted last summer, I have received the same question repeatedly: How do you grow moss in the city?
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August Q & A

Question: Hi, good afternoon. I am from Sonora Mexico, I don't speak too much English but my mother and I had a question. Does the dumb cane flower?
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August Gardening Tips

  1. When temperatures begin to cool in late summer, sow greens for a fall harvest. Lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale, mei qing choi (baby bok choi), and other leafy greens still have plenty of time to germinate and produce a good crop.

  2. Order fall-blooming bulbs now for outstanding displays in October and November. Crocuses, colchicums, cyclamen, sternbergia, and other autumn-flowering bulbs require no chilling period to bloom. Simply plant them and wait a few weeks. Their bright colors, sweet fragrances, and short stature make them perfect for autumn containers.

  3. Take an end-of-the-summer trip to Washington, D.C., and visit the Smithsonian's new exhibit on soil called "Dig It." The National Museum of Natural History recently opened the exhibit to celebrate and explore one of our most precious resources. People will be stunned by the economic, ecological, agricultural, and cultural importance of soil. Gardeners, in particular, will gain a greater appreciation for the "dirt" beneath our feet.
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