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Seeds to Try in 2015: a Blanket Recommendation

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Last summer I tried growing a few new varieties of flowers that are especially attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Because I wanted to get started gardening early, I chose varieties I could start from seed indoors.

Miniature Vegetable Garden Thrives Under Lights

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I’m deep in the heart of a bitter cold northern winter and something strange is happening. I’m rejecting gardening books and seed catalogs. I really don’t know why, as I’ve always enjoyed snuggling with garden literature. Lately though, I just can’t drum up the enthusiasm for a good, long, green-thumbed read. What I really need […]

Redefining the Cubicle Farm with a Grow Light

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Given a choice of where to plant a garden, I bet most gardeners would choose their backyard or community garden. For me, it’s my desk … at work. With winter in full swing and the ground hard as a rock, outdoor gardening is not an option for the next few months. How do I harvest […]

Old Seeds? Test for Germination First

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Learn how to test “outdated” seeds with a germination test. If you get decent results, the seeds are worth planting. If not, compost the old seeds.

Guerrilla Gardeners Plant the Seeds of Change

Next generation of Guerrilla Gardeners

LA Guerrilla Gardeners removed trash, weeds and dead plants from this median strip and installed new plants. Their signature “Please Water Me!” sign asks passersby to help with upkeep. After LA Guerrilla Gardeners planted the “Spaceland” garden, below, the city installed a wheelchair ramp to make the sidewalk more accessible. Armed with shovels, seeds, plants, […]

What Do You Sow? Tomatoes!

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Last week, we had a contest on Facebook called Ready, Set, Sow! On our short entry form, we asked, “What seeds will you be sowing this year?” We got lots of feedback, including: Tomatoes and lots of them! Lots of herbs, lots of heirloom tomatoes, green beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, onion, potatoes, etc. Lots […]

Nasturtiums: Too Much of a Good Thing? No!

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This mass of nasturtiums demonstrates that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing — or, perhaps, too many kinds of a good thing. Planted together here are: Cherries Jubilee in the foreground, Peach Melba Superior in the middle ground, and Creamsicle at the back. To see more nasturtiums, watch my slideshow. As […]

Marigolds Keep Aphids Away

Marigolds Keep Aphids Away

For more information, read the article Controlling Aphids. Recently, I was growing some basil in our testing lab. When I came in after the weekend, I noticed that the plants in several of our containers were infested with aphids, but the basil that I had planted in a windowbox with marigolds were aphid-free. I had […]

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