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In the Garden
A dandelion stands full of seeds on a spring afternoon Friday, May 2, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In the Garden: What are your weeds trying to tell you

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Plentiful rainfall and hot weather have made for perfect growing conditions, not only for garden plants but also for weeds. Before you start ripping them out, take a minute to note what is growing. Weeds are annoying but they are also excellent indicators of soil conditions. If you have large patches of one kind of weed, your garden is trying …

Planting your garden to attract and sustain butterflies

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The swallowtail butterflies are having a feeding frenzy flitting from flower to flower in our garden. I must admit that I take far too many breaks from my garden chores, watching them chase each other around the yard. The swallowtails are beautiful, but I miss the monarchs. Last year, even though we grew …

Getting ready to garden? Plant some of these 2015 award-winners

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This long unrelenting winter has left many gardeners hungry for warmth, bare ground and the sight of green, growing things. Some popular mail-order seeds have already sold out and soon garden centers will be bursting with plants. It’s time to take a look at the 2015 award winners, just to further whet the …