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Gardening

Tweet You Deserve Better Value, Health & Balance Harness the Holidays and de-stress with these green building ideas to manage your extra decorating and entertaining costs or you’ll end up with financial troubles in January – and beyond. In this series, we’ll focus upon one of 12 smart ways to give yourself Holiday Breaks at […]

Tweet Orchids living in trees harvest rain in a clever way. Their v-shaped leaves catch and guide water to the main stem then down to the aerial roots. You too can mimic nature by capturing rain landing on your garden shed roof with a v-shaped wooden gutter. A slight tilt in one direction guides it […]

Tweet Heuchera  x ‘Plum Pudding’  Coral Bells How about a very hardy native plant that tolerates shade and sun, isn’t too picky about soil pH, is drought tolerant and adds a sense of the ‘Johnny Depp’ scallywag to your garden? Enter Heuchera x Plum Pudding coral bells. [hew-chair-a] With unique shiny, dark purple ruffled leaves […]

Tweet See a World in a Grain of Sand and Heaven in a Wildflower – William Blake Your Turn: Spring is here – What do I need to do to get my garden soil ready? – L. Graham Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY My Turn: Just like any successful indoor project, preparation before planting pays off literally for […]

Tweet I thought of two more ways to capture (essentially) free water for your garden that I neglected to mention in at my Carolina Home and Garden Show water-wise talk. I hope you found some useful nuggets in the nine different strategies we covered together. I can just imagine your happy garden plants nestled in […]

Tweet Splish-splash those roots are takin’ a bath! There’s nothing easier or healthier for your yard than to let rain water it naturally. After a shower, temporary puddles let water soak into your plant root zones. Then, water moves deeper into the water table. That ground water not only helps plants withstand intense summer droughts, […]

Tweet On Saturday, September 25 2010 there’s going to be National Drug Take-Back Day at a location near you. Can’t happen soon enough, if you ask me. Today, seven students at a North Carolina middle school face criminal charges after trading prescription narcotics at school. These 11 to 13 year-old kids were raiding their home […]

Tweet Today I was delighted to see a late but large bloom from our new Swamp Hibiscus. A native plant of the southeastern United States, Hibiscus coccineus is also known as the Texas Star Hibiscus, probably due to its showy red star-shaped flowers. I have had so much fun gardening this year. I’ve been gradually […]

Tweet In celebration of today’s date 09/09/09, I’m giving you nine of my favorite native fall fruiting plants that are beautiful and benefit the birds in your yard this fall and winter. According to the National Wildlife Federation, now is an excellent time in the southeast to plant native fruiting trees and shrubs. Nurseries and […]


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