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A Green Roof Fairy House? You Can Grow That!

Make a house for the fairies. Take two old plastic hanging baskets. Cut one down to an inch or two high so that you have a shallow dish with the drainage holes on the bottom. Cut a door opening in the other. You can use heavy duty scissors or tin snips. Put the saucer-piece on…

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Bouquets For Your Home?

You Can Grow That! The following plants can be incorporated into existing landscape beds or planted in a dedicated cutting garden. All of these varieties grow well on Cape Cod. Perennials: Anise Hyssop ‘Blue Fortune’ (Agastache) Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Cat Mint (Nepeta) Cone Flower (Echinacea) Coral Bells (Heuchera) Daffodils Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla) Lavender Liatris Oxeye…

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Edible Landscapes

Are you interested in fresh, tasty food? Would you like to be able to go out into your yard and pick ingredients for dinner? If your answer to these questions is “yes” but you’re not ready to install a full-scale vegetable garden or berry patch, this post is for you. Many of our customers would…

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Seven Steps Closer To Spring – #6

A salad bowl? You can grow that! And you don’t have to wait until it’s OK to plant outside. Here’s what you do: Once you have the container, get some new potting soil and a packet of lettuce seeds. Mixed leaf types of lettuce, not head lettuce, are good for inside growing. Get the potting…

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Seven Steps Closer to Spring – #5

A Reminder of Spring? You can grow that! The stretch of days between the end of January and the growing season can seem very long. The landscape is looking bare and brown and there isn’t even the tinsel of the holidays to distract us. Fortunately, there are houseplants. There are many plants that can be…

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Seven Steps Closer to Spring – #4

Make More Plants! Have you kept some geraniums, coleus or other summer annuals alive all winter? If so, it’s time to take cuttings! The plant will benefit from being cut back and you can root the sprigs you’ve removed so that you have more of these plants next spring. Taking cuttings is really pretty easy.…

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Not Just For Air Heads!

A houseplant that doesn’t need soil? You can grow that! We have our Tillandsia plants displayed with seashells because they look like they could be undersea creatures. In truth, these plants are most often found attached to trees or rocks. Tillandsia are epiphytes, meaning that they don’t take nutrients or water from the trees they…

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An Exotic, Colorful Celebration

Back in the dark ages when I was a teenager, I babysat for a woman who had a blooming orchid on her piano. It was the talk of the neighborhood. Such exotic beauty! Such long-lasting flowers! She grew this plant in her greenhouse window above the kitchen sink. Everyone knew that orchid plants were rare…

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Raised Beds

A raised bed garden? You can grow that! A raised bed kit special at the store got me thinking about this topic today. If you’re thinking about installing raised beds, here are some tips for success: The beauty of raised beds is having planting areas that you don’t step on. This keeps soil structure intact.…

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Planting Kale

At this time of year the kale are the most vibrant plants in the garden. They didn’t look so colorful when we were selling at the garden center in September, but now…stand back! Brilliant color just when everything else is dying. The cold temperatures bring out the brilliant hues in this plant so placing them in…

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