Hardscape Essentials: It takes more than plants to make a landscape

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What is it? Hardscape is not a catchy term for overly difficult gardening sites. It simply means the hard, durable parts of the landscape…the non-plant elements. Hardscaping elements are often chosen for function and directly or indirectly add beauty as well.  Hardscape can be used to: provide definition of different areas within a landscape, direct… Read more »

Protecting Plants From Common Pests

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One of the worse threats to your young flower and vegetable garden is hungry animals and birds. It only takes a few hours for a rabbit, bird, woodchuck, or deer to make a quick meal of your pampered transplants. Here are some strategies to keep these varmints away. Birds: Birds love to pull up young… Read more »

Sweet Corn Care

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Sweet corn is a favorite summertime treat, but the plants do require some attention to produce a good yield of delicious ears. With summer in full swing, the sweet corn is starting to put on some growth. Sweet corn is a favorite summertime treat, but the plants do require some attention to produce a good… Read more »

Sunflower Varieties

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While the traditional yellow flower heads are common, many new varieties offer different flower colors, such as white, red, and lemon. There’s no flower more varied and more loved for its bright cheeriness in the garden than the sunflower. You can grow compact plants, such as ‘Big Smile’, that stand 1 to 2 feet tall,… Read more »

Keeping Plants Watered While on Vacation

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Even if you don’t have the luxury of a personal gardener or volunteer plant sitter, leaving your gardens or containers to take a vacation doesn’t have to induce guilt and concern. A range of DIY or ready -made options are available to keep your green friends watered during your absence. For Containers DIY self-watering devices… Read more »