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I Love Male Skimmia

Name: Skimmia japonica – commonly called (what a surprise) Japanese Skimmia. Males!

Type of Plant: Short, evergreen shrub that’s hardy in Zones 6-8. These plants do best in part shade, and grow to about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. They are not particularly fast growers, however.

Why I Love This: Why am I

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Gardening Flow Chart

Just do it.

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

For many years my go-to barbecue sauce was the Original Mad Dog made by Ashley Foods. I loved it because it didn’t have the tons of sugar/corn syrup that most such products contain, and it was made with very few, simple ingredients. It also had a good balance of spice/sweet/acid tastes. Sadly, they’ve discontinued this

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How to Keep Carrot Harvest

Garden produce all winter? You Can Grow That!

It’s been a warm start to winter but next week the temperatures are predicted to go into the teens at night and stay below freezing all the next day. That prolonged period of cold is likely to kill the remains of our winter crops, the kale, lettuce

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I Love Jacob Hellebores!

Name: Helleborus niger ‘HCG Jacob’ – aka Jacob Christmas rose, or Jacob hellebore

Type of Plant: An evergreen perennial for part-shade that flowers in the wintertime. These plants are hardy in zones 5-9, grow about 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

Why I Love This: This variety of Helleborus niger starts flowering earlier than

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A Garden Geek’s New Year’s Resolutions

I will only purchase the seeds that I absolutely need. (Fortunately, seed catalogs arrive or are available online in early December, so I’ve already placed several orders before this resolution will take effect.) I won’t stop at the garden center “just to see what’s there.” (No worries about sticking to this one since I

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