from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Succession Planting with Flowers? Sure!

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At the garden center, I noticed some beautiful large-leaf rhododendrons covered in plump buds. They were in small pots — starter shrubs for a woodland-garden-to-be.

First Harvest is Right at Our Doorstep

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The first pickings from our front-yard vegetable garden: greens, greens, greens!

Monarch Butterflies are Still in Trouble

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The counts are in, and monarch butterflies are doing a bit better this year, though there is still much to be done. Gardeners can help in many ways—primarily by planting native species of milkweed.

One Pot, One Plant: a Simple Masterpiece

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Composing a planter? Instead of trying to find the perfect combination of color and texture, choose a plant that looks fantastic all by itself. The key is to look for plants that have bold forms. Often they are non-flowering, but have striking foliage or shapes. Think sculpture instead of bouquet.

Railing Planters Hold Tight on High-Rise Balcony

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Last winter I went to Gardeners to buy balcony “saddle” planters. Once there, I saw these stunning planters and crossed off the saddles. I was skeptical that the actual item would look as good as the photos but ordered them anyway. Am I ever glad I did! I’d expected thin, tin-like metal with a cheap finish that had already chipped. But these “lacquer,” heavy-duty planters arrived instead! And in perfect condition.

12 Tips for Water-Wise Vegetables

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You can still grow vegetables — even during water restrictions — if you plan, plant and tend plants wisely. And drought or no drought, it always makes sense to conserve this precious resource. Here are twelve tips for healthy, water-wise vegetables.

There’s Still Time to Start Seeds!

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After a wild winter filled with abundant snow and unusually cold temperatures, I’m itching to get out in the garden. But the garden won’t be ready for me for weeks; it’s still covered in snow and the ground underneath is frozen. So I’m satisfying my need to grow by starting seeds indoors.

When it’s Time for ‘Potting Up’

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If you start plants from seed, eventually you’ll have to master the technique of potting up. It’s what you do when a seedling gets too big for the pot or cell it’s growing in. Usually it’s too early to plant outdoors, so you pot up. Not all seedlings require potting up, but many do.

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