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May Gardening Guide

Well, the weather went from pleasantly cool to uncomfortably warm in no time at all this past week.  My peaches are growing well, the nectarines not so well. The apples are all on the branches I didn’t prune during the winter, so I’ll be needing a pole harvester.  All the pears decided enough was enough […]

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February Gardening Guide – What to Prune and Other Februaryish Stuff

If you haven’t already gone through all the seed catalogs that appeared in the mailbox starting around Thanksgiving, or browsed for seeds on the internet, well what are you waiting for?  It’s time to plan which vegetables, herbs, perennials and annuals you’re going to start from seed, and sort out the how’s and when’s of […]

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September Gardening Guide

We’ve already had some beautifully cool nights and mornings, and it’s just the end of the first week of September.  Add some clouds, and you have quite the spectacular dawn right in your own backyard.  Admittedly, some of this will sound exactly like August’s gardening guide.  And in some ways, you’ll be busier in the […]

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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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Alternatives to Boxwoods and Traditional Dwarf Hollies

Here are some of our favorite landscape plant selections that can be planted instead of the standard boxwoods and non-fruiting dwarf hollies: Ligustrum ‘Sunshine’ This 3’-4’ tall and wide evergreen shrub is a wonderful alternative to boxwoods. Easily trimmed as a hedge, its new yellow foliage is present nearly year round. This plant is reliably evergreen. […]

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The Art Of The Judicious Prune

The three most significant principles of judicious pruning appear to be:  1) knowing what to prune, 2) when to prune it, and 3) how to prune it.  Mess up on one of these, and your victims of inappropriate pruning display those bad haircuts publicly for at least a season.  Imagine doing that to your teenage […]

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