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January 27, 2015

’Tis the season for announcements of “The 2015 [whatever] of the Year.” Depending on your interests, this is the Year of Light (United Nations), of Soils (UN again, its Food and Agriculture Organization) of the Coleus and of the Sweet Pepper (the last two declared by the U.S. National Garden Bureau). The Perennial Plant Association […]

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Ideas for the green thumbs on your list

Christmas can be frustrating for gardeners and those who love them. If you give gardeners a gardening gift, they will (sigh) have to wait for months to use it. But if you wait until spring, what are you supposed to do? Put a spade in their Easter basket? So go ahead, indulge your favourite gardeners […]

Gardening has many different rewards

The dark of November always puts me in a contemplative mood. As I finish up the last of the gardening tasks of the year, I find myself wondering, “Why do people garden?” It’s hard, dirty work, often done in rain, cold or baking heat. But here in the Beach, we have many beautiful home gardens […]

Shelter the living, but don’t make zombie plants

Warning: balcony gardeners, patio gardeners, porch gardeners and container gardeners of all kinds. You are now entering a critical time for your plants. From the middle of October on, you will be tempted by stretches of sunny days and comparatively mild nights. “It’s still pretty nice out,” you’ll say. “I’ll leave the houseplants out just […]


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