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Garden Chores for December

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 30, 2020 |

It’s hard to believe we have already hit December (is it just me, or does Pandemic Time seem to move faster?). This is one of the quietest months in the garden, but there are still a few things to keep plant people busy. Here are five garden chores for December: Set out some holiday greenery.…

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More Ideas for Easy Holiday Containers

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 30, 2020 |

A couple of years ago, we suggested three ideas for easy holiday containers—one with mostly sticks, such as dogwood and curly willow, one that was simply a live tree planted in a pot (that would go in the ground come spring), and one where the container was the star and it was filled with simple…

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Grateful for Gardening

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 25, 2020 |

As we celebrate our tiny Thanksgivings this week (three people in my group, rather than the usual 22), we’ll have plenty of time to remember how much there is for which we can give thanks. There are big things to be grateful for, such as front-line health care workers, the scientists developing vaccines and the…

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How to Clean Your Garden Tools

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 18, 2020 |

One of the last garden tasks to do in fall (and often one that is put off!) is to clean your garden tools and store them for winter. It’s really not that hard, especially if you rinse or wipe off your tools from time to time during the season. To clean garden tools that are…

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Plant Profile: Croton

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 13, 2020 |

If you’re looking for a houseplant to add color and drama to your home, consider croton (Codiaeum variegatum), a plant that comes in a variety of leaf shapes and colors, is relatively easy to grow and can go outside in the summer. A member of the euphorbia family, croton is native to Indonesia, Australia and…

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