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Garden Journal

Garden Journal: The battle against powdery mildew

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Zweep? That’s the happy song of sweet yellow birds as they dive and swoop about the yard. Twin tall branches are set in a dense garden area, effectively hiding messy spillage. Sunshine is here for sure, and the garden area I just mentioned is brimming with early roses, yellow evening primrose, red poppies, blue catmint, white geranium and oodles of summer perennials yet to come. One of those late summer … 0

Despite their one-season show, annuals have plenty to offer your garden

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Annual flowers are the Rodney Dangerfield of the plant world – they “don’t get no respect.” Even though they supply our gardens with season-long color, just because they have to be replanted every year they get the cold shoulder from many gardeners. Perennials are the divas, they give one outstanding performance a year … 0

Garden Journal: Composting is easy

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bring on the bugs and the dirty socks, scrapes, scratches, sunburnt noses, lost gardening gloves and bears that love birdfeeders – around here there is nothing like summertime to help get you inspired to grow something green. Instead of the usual petunia boxes, the common trend today is to plant more food. Arugula and lemon thyme mixed with nasturtiums and edible flowers make … 0