Nov
10
2010
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How do you overwinter geraniums?

overwinter geraniumsThere are a few good ways to overwinter geraniums even where the weather is coldest. 1 – Geraniums (Pelargoniums and true geraniums alike) are expensive.  A large display of geraniums generally means some real money has been spent on gardening.  And sadly, most people re-buy every spring. 2 – Geraniums are ridiculously easy to overwinter.  [more...]

Sep
01
2010
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What is a bullace and what recipes suit it?

bullacesA bullace is a wild plum that can be either dark blue-purple or light yellowy-green, sometimes flushed with red. Black bullace and white bullace are the traditional names for the two kinds. There are a few cultivated varieties too, which give rise to more names and varied colours. Damsons are similar to a dark bullace, [more...]

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May
24
2010
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Why grow tomatoes upside-down?

upside-down-tomato-plantsSome folks like to hang up a bucket and grow a tomato plant out of the bottom of the bucket, letting the stem grow downwards towards the earth. What’s the point? By growing the tomatoes suspended upside-down, snails and slugs are unlikely to bother the plants, and you won’t need to use stakes to stop [more...]

May
21
2010
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Why does a groundskeeper need to be a good manager?

striped-lawn-and-hedgesA groundskeeper may not have to deal with many people, but he—or she—still needs a few traits that make a good manager. To some extent, a groundskeeper’s work is more critical—well, more open to criticism: everyone can see it, and one doesn’t need experience to recognize if it’s sloppy work; except for disastrous weather, there [more...]

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Feb
16
2010
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What is guerilla gardening?

Photo by aldrin_muya - CC-BYGuerilla gardening is the greening of a blighted urban area by bypassing the official channels and taking direct action. Guerilla gardeners surreptitiously plant and maintain trees, shrubs and floral borders to brighten up local eyesores such as abandoned buildings, industrial units, car parks, and other parts of the concrete jungle. Strictly speaking it's not always [more...]

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Jan
14
2010
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How did a wildflower change the course of American history?

White Snakeroot Flower - courtesy homeredwardprice - CC-BYThis deadly bloom is one of the most common wildflowers in the late summer in U.S. Midwestern woods and is seldom noticed, since it is somewhat weedy. It is a notorious killer, and at one time ravaged whole communities with its poison. Small pioneer settlements were visited by a terrible affliction, which came to be [more...]

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Sep
18
2009
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Can I grow palm trees outside where it freezes?

Windmill palms standing in the snow in Seattle - courtesy rutlo - CC-BYAre you thinking of being out in the cold looking at bare trees and wishing you could have a more tropical landscape?  Well, maybe you can.  There are palm trees that can take 20 degrees fahrenheit below zero temperatures and survive.  There are palm trees that will grow as far north as Canada and some [more...]

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May
31
2009
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How do you grow rosemary for cooking and fragrance?

Rosemary growing in Spain   (Photo by soltenviva - CC-BY)Rosemary is delicious in all kinds of savoury cooking, and it’s simple to grow in climates not too different from its home base around the Mediterranean. If you plant it near a path not only can you enjoy its scent when you brush past on sunny days, but on rainy days you can easily pick [more...]

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May
28
2009
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How can I grow Chives to use in cooking?

These chives are ready to be split (photo by answerfinder CC-BY)Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are perhaps one of the easiest herbs to grow in your garden or in a container. They require little attention and bring a late-spring colour to the garden. Chives are part of the onion family. You can eat the bulb, leaves and even the flower head. Most people just use their leaves [more...]

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May
27
2009
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Why do gardeners tie daffodil leaves into knots?

Daffodil knot (photo by Roger Browne - CC-BY)It’s an odd custom. Some gardeners will fastidiously tie all their daffodil leaves into knots at the end of the flowering season. What gives? Actually, the purpose served by the knots is more social than horticultural. Daffodils burst into bloom each April (or October south of the equator). The petals then fall off and, provided [more...]

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