Monthly Archives: March 2008

What’s Your Favorite Source for Seeds?

The seed catalogs start piling up in January. We speak with tens of thousands of gardeners over the course of a year, and one of the questions we’re often asked—especially by new gardeners and people who have relocated—is “Where should … Continue reading

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Starving at the Salad Bar: Testing Soil pH

Healthy turf grows on healthy soil. It starts with a simple soil test. It’s been quite a while since I tested soil samples from my lawn, but it’s clearly time to do so. The turf is looking a bit thin … Continue reading

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Alliums—the Ornamental Onions

The Purple Sensation allium bridges the gap between spring and early summer-flowering perennials. Deer discovered my garden a few years ago, so I’ve been growing more plants from their do-not-eat list. It turns out that deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits … Continue reading

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Parsnip Season

Freshly dug parsnips By the middle of March, the only food I’m still eating from last year’s garden are onions, shallots and garlic. I feel pretty good about that until I think about the fact that some lucky gardeners out … Continue reading

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Windowbox Inspirations

Windowbox by Suzanne Dandeneau, Denver, Colo. Spring is almost here and now is a great time to drag out your pots, planters and window boxes and get them prepped for another year. Of course the best part about this job, … Continue reading

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How to Double Your Pea Harvest

You can increase your pea harvest dramatically by using an inoculant. There are a couple tricky things about growing garden peas. The first is planting time. Plant too early and your peas may be stunted by cold soil and frost. … Continue reading

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Make Room for Sunflowers!

Sunflowers are now available in a wide range of colors and sizes—from little ones that get no more than 1-foot tall to 12-foot giants. If I could plant just one seed this spring (!) I think it would be a … Continue reading

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Saving the Salvias

The overwintered salvia, with new growth emerging from the crown. Many years ago, I discovered salvias. It’s one of those times when you think you’re the only gardener who really knows about this new class of plants. The next thing … Continue reading

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Test Garden Update: Heuchera and Agastache

As staff horticulturist, part of my job is to plant and maintain a display garden. I grow many of the newest perennials on the market and evaluate them here in zone 5. Improved varieties of some North American native plants … Continue reading

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Begonias to Share

After pulling the begonia tubers in late October, I let them dry for several weeks. Then, I nestled them in moist vermiculite in a plastic bucket. When I checked in on the tubers in February, they’d already sprouted—even though the … Continue reading

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