Spring garden task: to repot or not

Saturday, April 23, 2016

There are good reasons for repotting your plants about now, and only one of them is to give your fast growers a larger home. Take the time now, as plants are gearing up for a summer growth spurt.

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Using nature to heal mind and body

Thursday, March 24, 2016

John Muir and Henry David Thoreau knew it. The Japanese call it “forest bathing,” using exposure to nature to heal physical and emotional ailments. Research is backing up what we’ve known intuitively all along: Nature heals.

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A shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day: What is it, exactly?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Shamrocks and clovers represent different things to different people, but are they one and the same? Like many common names, shamrock and clover turn out to refer to many different species of plants. For St. Patrick’s Day, let’s take a stab at straightening out the confusion.

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How to make a green valentine

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Make a green Valentine’s Day wreath this season. Green in both the literal and figurative sense, this decoration of air plants is alive, requires little to no care, is cheap to make, and has no packaging to discard. Plus, no trips to the mall are necessary when you gather most supplies from your yard — and as the wreath matures, it produces more plants.

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Plants provide chocolate for all the senses

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Here in South Florida, even outdoors, it is possible to grow the tropical tree from which chocolate derives. But you’ll need an awful lot of cacao trees to harvest enough fruit to actually make chocolate. Don’t despair, though, as there are other botanical opportunities for bringing chocolate into your life.

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Cranberry hibiscus

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cranberry hibiscus possesses a rare combination of beauty, utility and edibility. Once established, this tropical hibiscus requires little to no tending or irrigation, is a landscaping standout, and is edible.

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The prolific, terrific rain lily

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Gardeners often call a plant a volunteer if it shows up on its own in the garden. More often than not, it’s an unwanted weed. But sometimes it’s a gem.

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Avoiding the irritations of gardening

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ah the wonders of gardening! The health benefits of being outdoors, growing your own food, breathing in all that good mood-elevating Mycobacterium vaccae soil bacterium or just contemplating the natural beauty of it all! So why do I come in from the yard scraped, red and swollen?

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Maintaining garden tools

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I love tools! While I don’t have many gardening tools, I try to make them last. A little maintenance keeps even the inexpensive tools happy, easier and safer to use, and will save you money in the long run.

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It’s fall — let’s grow some herbs!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

As gardening in most of the country slows down for fall, South Florida is waking up. Now we can plant some of the temperate herbs our northern friends and family have enjoyed all summer long. Here’s how to get started, whether you have a big garden or like to keep things small by sticking to containers.

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