Author Archive for Cindy Ford

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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Fresh Cut Fresh For The Holidays

Using living greens indoors during winter is an ancient tradition, shared among many cultures.  The tradition of placing living evergreen trees inside homes, as a symbol of their Christian faith, originated in Germany in the 16th century.  When German immigrants came to the New World, they brought the tradition with them.  The first Christmas trees […]

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Let Brazilian Rainforest Flower Fairies Brighten Up Your Holidays

The much-loved Christmas cactus is a member of the small genus Schlumbergera, which contains only six species.  Native to the rainforests of southeastern Brazil, Christmas cactus does not tolerate temperatures below 50°F.  While Christmas cactus is generally considered a very low maintenance plant, getting it to bloom does require some attention.  The bloom season starts […]

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New Reasons to Be Thankful for Thanksgiving Leftovers

So the last stragglers have finally pushed themselves away from the Thanksgiving table.  As you survey the remains of the meal on the table and in the kitchen, you think the same thing you do every year – wow, there’s a lot of food left.  And, almost immediately after that thought – wow, how am […]

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Out In The Garden It’s Time To Settle In For Winter

Colder weather is on its way, but you still have a little time left to get a few things growing in the garden and prepare others for the threats of winter.  There shouldn’t be too many insect pests dining on your garden and landscape plants now that the weather is a bit cooler.  You should have […]

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Taking Care Of Fall Business

Believe it or not, you can still plant veggies for winter or spring harvest.  Many crops are generally pretty cold hardy in our area, and if they require protection, it’s usually as simple as heavy mulch, or protecting the leaves from ice by wrapping the plant or installing row covers if you have a lot […]

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