Archive | January, 2014

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Dealing with Drought in the Garden

As part of my usual pilgrimage to the biggest horticultural show in the world (IPM Essen), I recently spent a few days in California at the annual sales meeting for one of our key grower partners, Colorspot Nurseries. Interestingly enough, as I watched the temperature reports from the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne where […]

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Getting Roses Ready for Spring

After a cold, dark winter is there anything as heartwarming as the early signs of spring? Here in Vermont, aside from the tiny Snowdrop bulbs breaking through the ground, one of the first signs of spring is the arrival of the red-winged blackbirds as their sounds fill the air with joyous sounds.  Then we begin […]

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Create a Garden Pathway

Thinking about adding a pathway to your garden? The steps to installing a garden pathway are in more ways than one, the same: lay your path, measure the length, ensure no irrigation utilities lie in the area, remove existing sod and soil, compact the soil, place a border, lay out the design pattern, so on […]

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Seed Catalogs bring Sweet Dreams of Spring

Is your mailbox beginning to fill with those colorful and tempting seed catalogs?  According to the Direct Gardening Association, January is National Mail Order Gardening Month, and oh what temptations those catalogs hold for us.    For those of us in colder climates, it’s the time when we can sit by the fire or a […]

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