Gardening Tips

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American Arborvitae

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman In the middle of winter, the green foliage of evergreens gives us color in an otherwise colorless time of the year. One of these evergreens, American arborvitae, is a dense, compact shrub native to northeastern North America. As you can see from the photo, arborvitaes are beautiful in the winter (and su...

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2007 Growing Season

Added on February 27th, 2009

By Jan Cashman Our hot July wasn't the only weather extreme to affect the 2007 growing season; we also had snow, rain, frost, drought, all kinds of weather that affected our plants' growth this past spring and summer. Well above average snowfall last February and an early, warm spring made the Gallatin Valley green, ...

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Daffodils

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman Daffodils-Narcissus-Jonquil--which is the correct name? Narcissus is the botanical name for this genus of spring-flowering bulbs. The Narcissus genus takes its name from the mythological Greek youth Narcissus. He was so in love with his own reflection in a lake that the Goddess Aphrodite turned him into...

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Zucchini

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman Along with blondes and mothers-in-law, zucchini are the butt of many jokes. "Plant zucchini only if you have lots of friends." "Bet you can't grow just one." "Lock your car doors in August to prevent your neighbors from putting their extra zucchinis on your back seat." And the oh-so-true, Murphy's law s...

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Garden Tour Gardeners

Added on February 27th, 2009

By Jan Cashman Before last year's Garden & Home Tour put on by the Emerson Center for the Arts, the garden owners on the tour were asked to fill out an information sheet. Their answers are interesting to fellow gardeners. We want to know how the best gardeners in our valley garden, their favorite plants, and how t...

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As Rare As A Day In June

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman One of Jerry's favorite poems is As Rare As a Day in June by Lowell. The poem is about plants and animals coming to life in June. June is a favorite month for gardeners because everything is blooming. Gardens have been planted and are up and growing. Lots of the work is done and the enjoyment begins. Le...

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Favorite Ground Covers for Sunny Locations

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman To us gardeners, the term "ground cover" means a low-growing plant that spreads. Although we seldom call it that, lawn grass is the most commonly planted ground cover. Other types of ground covers besides grass can add color and texture to your planting beds. These ground covers can provide a living mul...

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Raspberries

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman We love our home-grown raspberries. At one point, we had a 100 foot row of raspberries behind the nursery. This long row was enough for us and all our friends and neighbors. As we added greenhouses and needed more storage for trees, the patch had to be removed. For a few years, we went without, but in t...

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The Outdoor Living Room

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman Outdoor living rooms are not a new idea, but creating a unique outdoor living area is one of the biggest trends in landscapes today. Homeowners want areas outside their homes to enjoy life in the great outdoors. Some of these high-end outdoor living areas contain elaborate kitchens with huge barbecue gr...

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Fertilizer 101

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman There are 16 elements which plants require for survival, growth, and normal development called "essential elements". Three of them-carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen-are found in the air and water. The other thirteen are provided by soil and/or fertilizers. Six of these thirteen are listed as "macronutrients"...

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