Ginkgo trees can be stunning in fall. The broad, fan-shaped ginkgo leaves turn a brilliant yellow that is particularly striking at sunrise and sunset. Then, the leaves all drop quickly — sometimes in one day — and the show is over. Something different is happening this year — the leaves are dropping and many are…

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This review originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. Have you ever been fumbling around, searching for the right terms to explain your latest gardening crisis to a Master Gardener so that you get usable information? Or, are you trying to decode the enthusiastic language of a garden catalog to ensure you choose…

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The gardening adage that you should put the right plant in the right place applies to gardening for bees and other pollinators as well. During the District 7 Spring Fling last Saturday, author Heather Holm offered a helpful list of which are the best plants for bees and other pollinators, depending on the soil and…

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If you start seeds indoors, you’ve probably read the phrase, “when the seedling has a set of true leaves….” or something to that effect. What are true leaves? When a seed germinates, it bursts out of its seed coat and sends up a stem. Some of these stems have one leaf (called a monocot) others…

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