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Better Connections Through Vegetable Gardening

Borrowing a caption from the Forest graphics of a similar nature. (Get it? NATURE?)

Borrowing a caption from the Forest graphics of a similar nature. (Get it? NATURE?)

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I Hate Artemisia vulgaris!

Here is how you can tell that the young plant you see is mugwort. The tops are green and the underside of the leaves is silver. The plant has an herbal smell.

I was talking to Bill, from the Cape Cod Alarm Company last week and he said that he’s been listening to my radio programs for years and has never heard me say I hate a plant! Is this because I love all plants? In fact, I love more plants than I dislike, but there have

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Decorating in Mid-Winter

The finishing touch was to string some outdoor LED micro-lights around the trellis. Why should tiny lights be confined to the Christmas season?

I’m a person who often leaves Christmas lights and holiday decor up as long as possible…sometimes too long. I remember the year when I finally went to take down my wreath in the spring and birds had nested in it. Since I couldn’t disrupt the nesting wrens, the wreath stayed on the front of my

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I Love Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

I have 'Lemon Queen' growing next to two large shrubs: Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky' and Physocarpus 'Center Glow.' The 'Lemon Queen' holds its own!

Name: Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Type of Plant: A tall perennial sunflower that’s hardy in zones 4-9.

Why I Love This: This perennial is large, showy, and a butterfly magnet. It flowers in mid to late summer for about two months, is sturdy and never needs staking, and grows well in most soils. ‘Lemon Queen’ grows

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I Love Swiss Chard

And as this photo shows, chard is also very ornamental. How can you NOT grow this plant???

Name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris aka Swiss chard

Type of Plant: This leafy, green vegetable is one of my must grow edible plants. No one seems to know where the “Swiss” part of the name came from. But even if you just call it chard, this is a long-producing plant for the home garden.

Why

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Best Online Order Flowers to Send

Do you know someone who needs a lift this winter?  Perhaps a friend who has a birthday coming up, or someone who needs a pat on the back. Maybe you have a family member that could use a spirit-lifting surprise. Stargazer barn is your new BFF - they can send flowers, flowers and chocolates, flowers and fragrance or flowers and wine.  And if you know someone who needs Extreme Spirit Lifting, send all four!

For those who listen to my radio programs on WRKO and WXTK, you know that I’m passionate about supporting flower growers in the USA. This is part of the Slow Flowers movement, a movement started and promoted by my fellow garden writer Debra Prinzing. Are you interested in supporting local farmers, growers and businesses? Do

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