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Q&A: Fruit tree considerations for the home garden

Q: I’d like to eventually grow some of my own fruit. What’s a good starting point and what do I need to consider? A: It’s fun to try growing your own food, though fruit trees require the greatest amount of…

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Q&A: Why do my hollies and other evergreens have brown and pale leaves?

Q: Several of our evergreens (different kinds) have brown or pale, bleached-looking leaves. Do they have a disease already, and can anything be done? Is it preventable in the future? A: Most likely it’s winterburn, especially since most infectious diseases…

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Fine-tuning your indoor plant lighting choices

This is the final article in our four-part series about indoor plant lighting. You can also read the first, second, and third articles. You may see two other details provided in lamp specifications aside from the terms introduced in my…

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Indoor lighting options: terms, types, and measurements

This is the third in our four-part series of articles about indoor lighting for plants. You can also read the first, second, and fourth articles. Artificial light sources come in several forms, all relatively easy to acquire. Costs can vary…

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Why light levels are important for indoor plant growth

This is the second article in our four-part series about indoor plant lighting. You can also read the first, third, and fourth articles. Typically, insufficient lighting is the limiting factor for indoor plant growth and flowering, plus the reason for spindly…

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Q&A: Winter gardening tasks

Q: Is there any outdoor garden task this time of year that I may be forgetting to do? I’ve foregone a fall clean-up for the benefit of overwintering wildlife, and the lawn and veggie garden are “asleep” for the season….

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An introduction to gardening under lights

This is the first article in a four-part series about the ins and outs of gardening under lights, both for newcomers curious about a different way to grow plants and for more experienced growers who want to build on their…

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