Author Archive for Cindy Ford

Fall Gardening – Are You Ready For Another Go?

Fall is a great time to grow vegetables that prefer or tolerate cooler temperatures and cooler, moister soil.  The bugs are hopefully less plentiful in the fall as well, making for a pleasant experience for both garden and gardener.  The important thing to remember is that most cool weather plants need to be pretty well […]

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August Gardening Guide

We may still be waiting for that long hot, dry spell, but we certainly have no shortage of heat, unless that cooling weather that seems to be keeping the temperatures a bit lower in our area decides to stick around longer than expected.  Since it’s likely to somewhere between the mid-80’s and 90 much of […]

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It’s Always Cooler In The Shade

Since you would probably rather not be planting out in the blazing summer sun right now, here are some options for planting in shade or filtered sunlight.  It will take years for us to cover all the amazing filtered sun and shade loving perennials, shrubs, and trees that we have here at the nursery, but […]

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July Gardening Guide

Hopefully, by now you’re harvesting bountiful crops from your veggie gardens.  Snip fresh herbs regularly, to keep the plants vigorous, as they don’t just sit around waiting for you to decide that they’d spice up a summer salad or iced tea.  Make some basil mojitos if pesto has worn out its welcome already at your […]

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When It Rains, It Pours. But What About When It Doesn’t?

Much of the state of Georgia is still in some phase of drought, including severe, even with all the rain we’ve had this year.  Lake Lanier, the source of most of metro Atlanta’s potable water, is still down more than three feet from full pond level as of last week.  So once we head into […]

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Gardens That Have It Made In The Shade

Ideally, your yard includes areas exposed to full sun, shade, and everything in between.  That would allow you the greatest flexibility in planting perennials, groundcovers, trees, and shrubs.  But maybe you are blessed with an overabundance of shade, which is not at all unusual in our area.  No problem, you can still have gracefully curving […]

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Perennials That Can Take The Heat

Some of us are perfectly content with just trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, but many of us also want the luxury of perennials, for their beautiful and colorful blossoms, foliage interest, fragrance, wildlife attraction, or the way they soften the edges along paths and boundaries.  Perennial borders, whether sunning themselves all day, or keeping cool in […]

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June Gardening Guide

Can you believe it’s June already?  The afternoons are just too darn hot for the likes of us, and even for  many plants in the landscape, borders, and the veggie patch. Starting now, it’s important to keep everything hydrated, included yourself.  The best time to do your outdoor gardening chores is in early morning, before […]

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Everything’s Coming Up Groundcover Roses

Roses are among the most popular flowers in any language, anywhere on the globe.  While one need not be a gardener to enjoy roses, growing them at home can be so rewarding.  Rose plants take on various forms, from upright shrubs, to climbers that require support as they reach for the skies or ramblers that […]

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Vegetable and Herb Plants Looking For Forever Homes!

It’s time to get some of your favorite (and soon to be favorite) vegetables planted in the garden.  Here are some options for you, along with some suggestions and reading assignments to give you a jump start on a bountiful harvest. In our area, it’s best to plant arugula, kale/greens, okra, and field peas via […]

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