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Purple reign

August 16, 2017

Lavender is the Swiss army knife of essential oils and plants. Apart from its therapeutic uses, it’s a culinary herb that flavors everything from baked goods to ice cream and honey. Plus, it’s a beautiful and fragrant addition to the garden.

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From mulch to medium

July 15, 2017

Place the bale with the cut side up and follow a detailed, two-week watering and fertilizing process to get the inside to decompose into a nutrient-rich medium. Then stick the transplants into the top of the bale.

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Bee here now

June 9, 2017

“If we don’t keep the bees safe, gardening won’t be as easy as it should be,” says Megan Ryan, one of many bee experts trying to turn the tide on the dying honeybee population.

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A trend that holds water

May 5, 2017

This month we’re talking succulents. Columnist Nancy Crowe shows why these juicy plants have spiked in popularity.

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Houseplant rehab

March 8, 2017

March is a good time for houseplant rehab. Columnist Nancy Crowe provides tips on how to give your greenery some much-needed TLC.

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Rising to the rose challenge

February 10, 2017

Roses are, indeed, red, and that means something, Columnist Nancy Crowe knows, and she provides tips that can help you grow your own red, red roses — or any colors.

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Ways to grow in winter

January 6, 2017

It’s not all dirt, Columnist Nancy Crowe has learned, that helps plants grow. And you can grow plants indoors with these tips.

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A season on the wing

December 23, 2016

Columnist Nancy Crowe suggests how gardeners can help the birds weather the winter with a few additions to their landscapes.

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