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WHen and HOw to Prune Flowering Shrubs

Spring is in the garden and it's time to get things cleaned up  and ready to go. Chances are good your flowering shrubs look a little weary right now. Before you grab your pruners, check this list to make sure early spring is the right time to prune them.

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Last Chance to Vote for Winter Color

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Unfortunately winter won't quite let go, but at least we know we're on the upswing. Here's one more look at the winter that over-stayed its welcome. Look through the photo gallery of finalists in our Winter Color Garden Photo Challenge, then come back to the poll and place your vote. Voting ends tonight, at midnight EST! The winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck everyone!

Thank you, the poll is now closed.

Guaranteeing Healthy Plants

Monday April 14, 2014

It's been a long, long, long winter. Plants are arriving in the garden centers and I just want to hug them. Every year, I try to make a list of what I want to buy, before I venture into temptation. I can't always stick to my resolve, but I can at least be discerning about which impulse buys are robust enough to be worth giving in to.

It's easy to be seduced by plants at the nursery and narrowing your choices is hard. But selecting the strongest, healthiest plants can save you heartache, in the long run. Take some time to look over your purchase, before you introduce a problem into your garden. Here are some guidelines for selecting healthy plants.

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Seeds or Seedlings?

Sunday April 13, 2014

Every year someone asks me if they have to start from seed, to grow vegetables. Good question. Actually, not every vegetable will do well, if direct sown in the garden. Some simply won't have enough time to mature and others need a bit more pampering than they are likely to get outdoors. Those racks of seeds are very tempting in the bleakness of winter, but now the tables are filling up with even more tempting seedlings. There is something to be said for either approach, so check out my tips and then fill up your garden.

Read more:   Tips for knowing whether to plant Seeds or Seedlings

Pea Shoots & Tendrils
An Early Spring Treat

Saturday April 12, 2014

I know many of you were able to get your peas in the ground on St. Patrick's Day. I'm still dealing with frozen peas, myself. But even if you don't have peas yet, some of you have pea plants and that means  you can indulge in one of the freshest tastes of spring - pea shoots and tendrils.

All parts of pea plants are edible and the young shoots and tendrils make elegant, tasty additions to salads and side dishes. By snipping a few stray tendrils, I don't have to wait weeks to enjoy my first harvest. Just take a little from each plant and allow them to keep growing, so you'll get plenty of peas.

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