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Beating the bugs: marauding mosquitos

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I’ve never met anyone with any compassion for the mosquito. Besides serving as food (not often enough) for birds, bats and frogs, their only asset is their role as pollinators. Now more than ever, especially as gardeners, we need to be aware of the diseases mosquitos spread and how to avoid them while managing not to poison ourselves and allied insects.

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Dragon fruit surprisingly easy to grow

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dragon fruit: The name alone is mysterious and intriguing, and its appearance does not disappoint. The fruit itself looks like it’s straight out of a video game. It has a flame-red, egg-shaped body and what looks like reptile scales tipped in yellow-green. The fruit may look like exotic, but you can grow it in a typical South Florida garden.

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Going exotic in summer vegetable garden

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Just because the tomatoes stopped producing and the cilantro went to seed long ago doesn’t mean we can’t grow edibles in the summer in South Florida. In fact, there’s lots we can grow in the dead of summer. The key is looking to parts of the world with similar climates — very hot, humid and rainy summers. Surely some edible plants have evolved to live in such conditions.

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Mango trees and South Florida are a nice fit

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Growing, blooming and fruiting in the heat of summer, enduring the cold of winter and the fury of hurricanes, mangoes have made this land their home — the warm, southern extreme of South Florida between the ocean and the great expanse of the Everglades.

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Turmeric is an easy-to-grow tropical plant

Saturday, June 28, 2014

There’s been some information floating around social media and the Internet about the health benefits of turmeric, including its ability to fight anxiety and depression. While I can’t support or deny these benefits, I think we should all take a look at turmeric. It may be known to many as a spice in curry or an ingredient in mustard, but what actually is turmeric?

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How to improve soil texture

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The texture of soil is as important as its fertility.

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Water features create wildlife hotspots

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As a kid, I loved digging a hole during the summer, filling it with water and jumping in. I suppose I was easily amused. If you, too, do this, but without the jumping in, you will have begun to attract amphibians like toads and frogs to your garden.

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How to help our beleaguered bees

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bee populations are declining precipitously. Sadly, that’s no longer news.

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Forget flowers — scented foliage lasts all year

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why wait for the flowers to scent your garden? There are plants with foliage that rival the scent of any bloom, and they last a lot longer than the ephemeral flower.

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Uncontrolled balsam pear can burden your plants

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Every spring and summer I see beautiful, pendulous orange orbs hanging from my hedges. At first I was curious about a new plant. Then as a Miami resident who has regretted letting invasive plants grow unchecked, I became suspicious: What is this strange plant and what does it want?

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