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Invite butterflies to your garden

A common buckeye butterfly sips nectar from native New York ironweed.

Raise your hand if you love butterflies.  Wow, that’s a lot of hands.  It’s hard to resist the fluttering appeal of butterflies with their delicate wings, zig-zag flight and graceful presence in our gardens.  So, why resist?  Revel in butterflies’ visits…

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How plants cope with soaring temperatures

Hot enough for ya?  It’s only July, but we’ve had more than our share of relentless heat. Have you ever wondered how plants cope with heat?  It’s not as if they can turn on their air conditioners or pour themselves…

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In praise of good bugs. Good bugs are a gardener’s best friend.

Small potted herb garden

Boonsboro, MD –  Ladybugs.Lacewings.Ground beetles.Wasps. What do all these insects have in common?  They are the good guys, the beneficial insects that help keep bad bugs at bay in our gardens.  Nine out of 10 insects are beneficial. Yes, most…

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A gardener laments lessons hard won

If only I’d known.  How many times have we slapped our forehead at our gardening follies and mumbled that under our breath.  So today, I am paying homage to the lessons my garden has taught me.   Soil is god.  Healthy…

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How to pick the perfect tree

Southern magnolias add beauty to a landscape but large fallen leaves can be a maintenance issue.

I think that I shall never seeA poem lovely as a tree. Joyce Kilmer I love trees.  The wind whispering through a grove of pines.  An oak’s limbs raised to the sky in winter.  The pink pom-poms of a cherry…

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Hummingbirds Add Grace to the Garden

Hummingbird on feeder

In a few weeks, they will return; flashes of emerald green winging their way through our gardens. The hummingbirds will be back. Around April 15, hummingbirds return from their winter digs.  Weighing about the same as a dime, they pack…

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Building healthy soil is the key to healthy plants

Healthy soil grows healthy plants.  If you want a vigorous, productive garden, protect and improve your soil. Soil is made up of minerals, air, water, and organic matter.  This skin of the Earth anchors and grows our food, filters our…

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