Seven Temporary Garden Hedges You Can Plan for Now

There are at least seven temporary garden hedges that are fairly easy to grow. Even though it’s cold and snowy now, in just a few weeks it will be time to begin gardening in earnest. A little planning now will make things go much more smoothly come warm weather. Temporary garden hedges perform a variety […]
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My Own Little Garden of Eden

My own little Garden of Eden would not look like the painting of the same name by Breughel and Rubens. My garden would be a relatively small affair, easily weeded and maintained. I want a compact garden where every inch is utilized and nothing is overgrown. When I was a very small child, and could […]
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LBL in Spring – Land Between the Lakes is Green

LBL in Spring – Land Between the Lakes is Green. Trust me when I say that no one is sicker of the polar vortex than me. There’s just something about gray skies, bare limbs, and frozen ground that repels me. I like to think of Land Between the Lakes–LBL–as Nature’s own green garden. I know there […]
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Andrew Marvell Knew a Thing or Two about Gardens

A lovely poem by Andrew Marvell, submitted by my good friend, Helen Roulston. The poem extols the beauty and grace of a garden. How the cares and stresses of the modern world–and evil society–can be left behind within a garden’s walls. The writer felt as if his soul was free in nature–and how comforting the […]
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Feed the Birds in Winter

Feed the Birds in Winter. Remember the song from “Mary Poppins?” Feed the birds, tuppence a bag… I always liked that song. And I’ve always enjoyed watching birds gather on a cold day and get their craws fulls of nutritious seeds. Please feed the birds in winter. No self-respecting gardener worth his manure would neglect […]
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Favorite Garden Poems

Favorite Garden Poems, those verses we sometimes were required to memorize and recite at school. Or we stumbled upon them at one time or another, and they made an impression. On cold winter days I sometimes find these lines running through my mind. I guess it’s just wishful thinking on my part. Do you recognize […]
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Herbs as medicine. Is that a good idea?

Herbs as medicine. Is that a good idea? Will an herb a day keep the doctor away? We all know that many plants have medicinal values. But many are poisonous. To further confuse the situation, some plants have both beneficial and poisonous parts. Eaters, beware!
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Make a Homemade Grapevine Wreath

Everyone should know how to make a homemade grapevine wreath for the holidays. It’s super duper easy. No one even taught me, that’s how easy it is. It just takes a few minutes and a little imagination. Don’t pay high prices when you can practically make one for free.
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What a Load of Crap, er Manure

What non-gardeners might call a load of crap, we growers refer to as manure, and it’s the life-blood of a healthy garden. Nutrients in different types of manures can vary wildly, depending of course on the animal itself and its diet, whether it is a caged animal or roams freely, and even the age of […]
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Freezing Flavorful Herbs

Not as good as fresh, but better than dried, freezing those flavorful herbs will give you several months of nearly full flavor before you resort to using the dried forms. If you have an abundance of herbs and are trying to keep them as fresh as possible, consider freezing them. The flavor will be better […]
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Tips for Fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus

Paperwhite narcissus bulbs can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season, and this fragrant beauty couldn’t be easier to grow. Paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) can be purchased in many forms. You can buy the bare bulbs (the most economical), or in a box with a cheap plastic pot and some potting medium (a […]
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About Live Christmas Trees

Some things you need to know about which live tree to buy, how to light your live Christmas tree, how to recycle your live tree, or how to keep a live Christmas tree for planting. What is the best live Christmas tree? My honest opinion is that the best live Christmas tree is one that […]
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Mad about Mulch – Ten Ways to Mulch

It’s never too early to start thinking mulch. In fact, fall and winter are good times to begin saving those newspapers, shredding those leaves and grass clippings, continuing your composting, or setting aside a bale or two of straw. One less thing to do next spring, and your garden will thank you for it. The […]
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Autumn Allergies

Kentucky’s Official State Flower is not your problem! It’s a crying (pun intended) shame that Goldenrod–Kentucky’s Official State Flower–gets blamed for so many autumn allergies. Part of the issue is that Goldenrod flowers burst forth in their full yellow glory right about the time as the real culprits do. And Goldenrod’s beautiful flowers outshine those […]
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Save the Caladiums!

Dig up and over-winter your gladioli, cannas, dahlias, and other flowers from roots. We here in western Kentucky live in a sort of “in-between” part of the country.  Our problem is that our winters can vary wildly–from mild winters with variable freezes and thaws, to harsh sub-zero winters where the ground is frozen hard. Since […]
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Bulbs for Deer Country

A friendly reminder that it’s bulb-planting time. Unfortunately, we live in the middle of deer country and they have a real hankering for some of the fresh flowering spring bulbs. Here are the flowering bulbs that deer will not eat, along with the ones they will. WILL EAT.   I’m sorry to report that tulips and […]
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Christmas Cactus 101

It’s that time again–when thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas and the many preparations necessary to make the season beautiful begin. Not the least of holiday preparations are those for Poinsettias, Narcissus, Amaryllis, and Christmas Cactus. Unlike Poinsettias or bulb flowers, many people tend to keep their Christmas cacti from year to year. After all, they […]
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