Gardening

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Create an Instant Indoor Garden Using Carrot Tops

Next time you are chopping carrots for soup or making carrot sticks, don't throw out the tops. Plant them instead...


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Planting Bare Root Roses

Do you love roses?  I certainly do.  At one point, I had over 40 different rose bushes growing in my


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How to Select Bare Root Roses

It’s hard to believe that there is anything to do in the garden in January, but in zones 8 –


Grow Colorful and Edible Ornamental Kale in Your Garden

Plant ornamental kale to add beauty to your winter garden. Yes, you can eat it, too!


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Why Are Cacti Covered in Spines?

What do you think of when you see a cactus plant?  Do you experience a feeling of wariness about the


Focus on Natives: Carolina Aster

Late-blooming asters are a favorite of many gardeners. One native aster is perfectly suited for the wildlife garden: Carolina aster.


Fire Resistant Plants for Your Landscape

Danger from wildfire is a reality that many people have to deal with. Creating a defensible space around your home and


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Focus on Natives: Georgia Calamint

Georgia Calamint (Calamintha georgiana) is a wildflower native to the southeast. Most of the year, it’s a small shrub covered

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Bright, Colorful Bougainvillea

When people picture the tropics, the beautiful bright, pink colors of Bougainvillea often comes to mind. Thankfully, you don’t have


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Focus on Natives: Muhly Grass

If you’re a fan of ornamental grasses, Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris syn. M. filipes) is one you simply must have. A foolproof


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How Do Plants Deal With Drought?

Much of the Southern half of the country has been experiencing drought.  For some, that means that their gardens have


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Skeletons in the Desert

Did you know that the desert is full of skeletons? Not the spooky kind, but another type of skeleton….those of


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Focus on Natives: Elliot’s Lovegrass

Ornamental grasses are popular in gardens, and for good reason. Taller varieties add texture and interest, while lower growing species


Grow an Indoor Salad Garden

Are you tired of spending $3 or $4 for a bag of salad greens from your grocery store?  Salad greens


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How To Plant Agave ‘Pups’

Agave are often called ‘Century Plants’ due to the fact that they bloom once and then die.  However, unlike their


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Garden Hazards: Stinging Caterpillars

Last weekend’s post on southern caterpillars was pretty popular, and I’m glad I could share pictures with you of what’s

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The Beautiful Flowers of Cacti

It never ceases to amaze me each year when different species of cacti suddenly transform themselves by putting on a


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Ornamental Grasses for Zones 3, 4 and 5

I have a few ornamental grasses in my yard — Blue Fescue, Ribbon Grass and Switch Grass. I’ve been on


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Focus on Natives: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

If you live in the Southeast, perhaps you’ve seen one of these beauties floating through your gardens. It’s the Giant


How to Freeze Fresh Tomatoes, Step-by-Step

If you harvest a bumper crop, follow this easy process to freeze tomatoes for fresh-tasting soups, sauces and salsas.


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Low-Litter Plants for Landscaping Around Swimming Pools

Who doesn’t love to take a dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day?  I certainly do.  But I

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Focus on Natives: Indian Blanketflower

Budget gardeners looking for a terrific pop of color in their gardens from spring through fall (and nearly year-round in


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Flowering Plants For Full Sun

Do you have an area in your garden where the sun just beats down relentlessly, making it hard for your


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Don’t Hate the Cabbage-pillars!

I suppose to many it’s like a scene from a horror film – dozens of little green “worms” devouring the


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The truth about squirrels

The truth about squirrels is this: No matter how cute they might be, they are destructive pests. They are, in


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Focus on Natives: Live Oaks and Spanish Moss

Perhaps no image is more representative of the southern outdoors than a giant live oak dripping with Spanish moss. When