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The cucumber overtakes the dahlia.

Battle in the garden … Veggies vs Flowers

This is the year of the white cucumber–the Crystal Apple variety to be exact. From a half dozen seeds I’ve throw in the ground, I only expected one or two to take. Apparently they all germinated because now cucumber plants are stretching the length of my front garden overtaking two yews, two tee-pees, three swirled […]

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Fall’s the time to turn patio plants into houseplants!

Fall’s here. Time to close up the pool and bring the plants in. Above, you can see my plectranthus in full bloom (purple flowers) and my ‘Royal Glissade’ coleus (lime- and rust-colored foliage). This will be my first attempt at overwintering coleus as a houseplant. I already successfully overwintered the plectranthus this past year, after […]

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Oh deer . . .

Oh deer…….. In the Willamette Valley we have slugs.  Big slugs, little slugs, speckled, red, banana, leopard, you name it.  They’re the biggest pest most of us have and we have the most discussing remedies to rid our gardens of them.  I actually ate one last year in an organic salad……OMG! But for me, the […]

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Closing the Garden

December Gardening Chores

Add December gardening chores to your holiday list, says Growing Wisdom’s Dave Epstein  This time of the year can be sad for many of us in the northern latitudes as winter slowly arrives.  I find myself looking at the yard for remaining signs of life and those hints of spring that will emerge in 12 long weeks.  […]

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10 easy ways to use “carpet” or groundcover roses in your landscape

I planted some bare root Flower Carpet® roses last month (in May). They’ve already got buds on them, ready to bloom! Here are the Flower Carpet Amber roses I planted in masses, to knit together into a low-growing blanket along a walkway next to my house: Despite near-record rains for the month of June here, I’m happy to report that these disease-resistant roses’ […]

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