Best Native Plants (not cultivars) for the Landscape

Best Native Plants (not cultivars) for the Landscape

Deciding what native plants to add to your landscape can be a daunting challenge. From landscape designers to botanists, homeowners are pressured into adding natives into their landscapes, often without knowing how those plants will do in a traditional garden or landscape setting. If your are designing a meadow garden or native plant garden, you […]

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Growing Pawpaws – A Tropical Taste in the Garden

Growing Pawpaws – A Tropical Taste in the Garden

Recently, my wife showed me a video of a Michigan gardener attempting to describe growing pawpaws. As I have some experience in this myself, I was dumbfounded by his lack of knowledge on the subject of this wonderful fruit. Only five minutes into the video and I said to turn it off, I need to […]

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Fall Garden Preparation for Spring Planting

Fall Garden Preparation for Spring Planting

Fall is the perfect time to begin garden preparation for spring planting. The weather is warmer, the soil drier (typically), and you can evaluate how this year’s garden has produced. Next spring however, soils are typically wet or cold, making preparation difficult. There are 3 methods of vegetable gardening that needs to be looked at, […]

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Blazingstar – September Plant of the Month

Blazingstar – September Plant of the Month

Blazingstar is our September Plant of the Month. These perennials are one of my all-time favorite flowers, because the first one I learned to identify bloomed around the time of my birthday, in September. Since then, I have learned about the many species of blazingstars, which start flowering as early as July and continue into […]

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Fruit Tree Guide – Growing Apples

Fruit Tree Guide – Growing Apples

Growing apples is often the vision of nearly every homeowner. Even those who do little or no gardening enjoy having an apple tree or two. Picking fresh, homegrown apples is a treat beyond words. I myself have long been fascinated by fruit trees, and apples are a specialty. There are more than 7,500 varieties of […]

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Rudbeckia – August Plant of the Month

Rudbeckia – August Plant of the Month

Rudbeckia, aka black or brown-eyed Susan, is our August Plant of the Month. Native to North America, rudbeckias are favored in both the old world (Europe) and the new (America) for their long bloom period and adaptability. There 23 species across the continent, but only 7 that we are concerned with. Black-eyed Susan’s have been […]

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