Lilies

Lilies

Very shortly the packaged dormant bulbs will be arriving at the garden centers. Among them will be some of my favorites: the easy-to-grow lilies. I add more every year and am still amazed at how quickly they establish themselves and multiply. No…

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Fall Bulb Planting

Fall Bulb Planting

Every spring, when the daffodils, muscari, allium and other bulbs burst forth from the just-thawed soil, I berate myself for not having planted more. Even though the flowers of my spring flowering bulbs are long gone at this point, the…

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Forcing Flowerbulbs

Forcing Flowerbulbs

The term “forcing” has always seemed a little harsh when referring to bringing flowerbulbs (tulips, hyacinths, etc.) into their flowering cycle prematurely in pots. “Enticing” or “tricking” seem more appropriate. To trick or force flowerbulbs, we want to fool them…

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Composting

Composting

If you are building soil in a new area, you will need to find a source of large amounts of compost or composted manure. As experienced gardeners know, it is wise to continue to build the soil on an ongoing…

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

It is important to keep in mind that most of the popular vegetables grown are descendants of varieties that were discovered (or ripped off, depending on how you view 16th century Spanish colonialism) in Central America. Tomatoes, peppers, squash and…

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Rose Types

Rose Types

There are quite a few types of roses out there to choose from. Here is a rundown of what is available for your mother’s enjoyment. HYBRID TEA Hybrid tea roses are, by far, the most popular of all the roses.…

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Summer Sowing

Summer Sowing

Just when it seems like your spring gardening chores are winding down, along comes summer. The lettuce, spinach and other leaf crops you planted in spring have been providing you with salad material and are ready to bolt (go to…

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