‘Trying to fool Mother Nature’

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OhN Groundhog Day always reminds me of another holiday: the Fourth of July, and specifically my first Independence Day on this piece of land, decades ago. In honor of Groundhog Day, I present a vintage essay on trying to fool Mother Nature, and being fooled instead. It was a different winter then, and in many […]

How to Grow Celery

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Growing celery requires a little bit of extra effort, but with the right knowledge, you can harvest your own homegrown celery. This article provides useful tips and tricks for successfully growing your own celery in a garden or container. Celery is easy to grow in most climates, but it does require some extra attention to […]

Episode 128: Our Loved Ones’ Favorite Plants

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For many gardeners, sharing a love of plants with family and friends adds another layer of enjoyment to a very quiet pastime. In this episode, Daniel, Carol, and expert guest Catherine Cook explore plants that have special meaning or associations with their loved ones. Whether it’s a dogwood that provides plants to share with others, […]

Carla’s January Gardening – Bagicha Bazaar

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Carla Z Mudry is sharing her garden with us today. I know it sounds crazy, but you can actually garden in January! I have this huge Japanese maple that we inherited along the front property. I love Japanese maples, maybe a little too much, and go out of my way to care for them. She […]

Sally’s Pandemic Garden Project – Bagicha Bazaar

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Sallie Boge is sharing her garden with us today. We garden in Riverside, a nearby suburb of Chicago (zones 5a–6b). In April 2020 we created two new 11×16 garden beds to thin out our Kentucky bluegrass lawn and add more plants for beneficial pollinators. My husband Mark used a straight edge saw to cut the […]

Shade Shrubs for the Midwest

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Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in that plant’s desire to be a woody shrub, the list becomes even narrower. But these textural wonders are essential to give depth and real presence to our shade beds and borders. Whether you’re looking for colorful foliage, spectacular flowers, or an […]

Shade bushes for the south

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Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in that plant’s desire to be a woody shrub, the list becomes even narrower. But these textural wonders are essential to give depth and real presence to our shade beds and borders. Whether you’re looking for colorful foliage, spectacular flowers, or an […]

Shade Shrubs for the Mountain West

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Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in that plant’s desire to be a woody shrub, the list becomes even narrower. But these textural wonders are essential to give depth and real presence to our shade beds and borders. Whether you’re looking for colorful foliage, spectacular flowers, or an […]

Shade Shrubs for the Southern Plains

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Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in that plant’s desire to be a woody shrub, the list becomes even narrower. But these textural wonders are essential to give depth and real presence to our shade beds and borders. Whether you’re looking for colorful foliage, spectacular flowers, or an […]

Shade bushes for the northwest

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Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in that plant’s desire to be a woody shrub, the list becomes even narrower. But these textural wonders are essential to give depth and real presence to our shade beds and borders. Whether you’re looking for colorful foliage, spectacular flowers, or an […]