Monthly Archives: April 2013

Old Seeds? Test for Germination First

These cosmos seeds were packed for 2011, so I want to test them. I’ll fold up the moist paper towel and slip this into the plastic bag. The whole thing goes on top of my refrigerator to encourage germination. The … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Gardening — in the Woods

Last week, I found myself looking out the window and watching it snow in mid-April. I began to think about these bumper stickers we have that say “Practice Random Acts of Gardening.” I was trying to think, what would be … Continue reading

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Guerrilla Gardeners Plant the Seeds of Change

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 … Continue reading

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Snow Days are Good Days for the Garden Designer

Ellen Ecker Ogden’s design in progress, top, for the 2×8 Elevated Cedar Raised Bed, below, which features flowers. Ogden’s design, A Paint Box Garden of Edible Plants, features vegetables. If you’re a garden designer in Vermont, what do you do … Continue reading

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Lawn Makes Way for Kitchen Garden

Donna Avery created a kitchen garden, using our Colorful Grow Beds, shown right after planting in January. On March 7, Donna Avery shared the photo, above, on our Facebook page. Within hours, people were asking questions and raving about Donna’s … Continue reading

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What Sets the Orchid Apart from Other Flowers?

Cymbidium Half Moon ‘Wonderland’ “What makes this plant an orchid and not a turnip?” asks Steve Robinson, enticing visitors like me to stop and chat with him at an exhibit of Latin American orchids. Robinson, a docent at the Smithsonian … Continue reading

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