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Growing Fruiting Shrubs

Honeyberries (AKA Haskap) are in the honeysuckle family. The flowers and fruit are very frost tolerant – a great feature for cold climates and higher elevations. Fruits are high in antioxidants, range from sweet to tart, and require another variety to pollinate, great fresh or made into jams, jellies, and sauces. Variety Characteristics Size Zone

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Poplars

All poplar species are known for their fast growth rate. Some are reported to grow as much as 6’ in one season, though 18-36 inches is more common in our area. They are also extremely winter hardy and seem to grow fast despite dry conditions and high wind. This makes them popular for wind shelters,

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The Perfect Houseplant-Sansevieria

by Jan Cashman We want our houseplants to be easy-care.  Even if we forget to water them or are traveling or don’t have fertilizer handy, we want them to thrive. Peace lily (Spathiphylim) and Spider Plant (Chlorophytum) are two houseplants that are easy to care for.  But there is no houseplant easier to keep in

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Nine Last Minute Gifts for Gardeners

Nine Last Minute Gifts for Gardeners by Jan Cashman 12/7/21 For that special gardener on your Christmas list: Give a Felco pruner, the Cadillac of pruners, a Swiss-made tool that lasts for years with all replaceable parts. My husband Jerry, whose pruners get heavy use, says his Felcos last 4 or 5 years.  Of course,

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Pine Trees

by Jan Cashman This time of year, most trees in our landscapes are leafless and brown, so we appreciate more our large evergreens. The most common upright evergreen planted here is the familiar Colorado spruce, sometimes called “blue spruce”. Pines (Pinus) have longer, greener needles than spruce, are faster-growing, and, therefore, make good specimen trees

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A GARDENER’S THANK-YOUS

by Jan Cashman This is the time of year that we focus on what we are grateful for.  Our gardening season came to a quick halt and now, with this wintery weather, it is a good time for gardeners to reflect.  We have much to be thankful for—the beautiful Gallatin Valley where we live, our

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