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Garden Gate: Freeze-thaw changes hurt more than low temps
The signs are all around us: Birds fluffing up their feathers, freezing water pipes, and skaters are enjoying the best ice in recent memory. Yes, the cold air that has inched its way down from the Interior is predicted to continue this week. Knowing that, we can take steps to prevent our pipes fr...
Jan 03, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardeners’ goals for a fruitful new year
The end of the year is the time most of us associate with turning over a new leaf, making plans and evaluating. Taking it one step further is territory where resolutions and goals follow. Speaking of goals, I’ve learned that if you don’t have a goal to shoot for, you’re more likely to miss the ta...
Dec 27, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Return of 10-hour days cause to celebrate
Steve Martin once said, “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” Day and night, darkness and light, for all of Earth’s creatures, nothing is so fundamental as the length of daylight. After all, the sun is the ultimate source of all light and warmth on the planet, triggering poppies to u...
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Rowan tree magic for waxwings, druids and you
One of my favorite winter bird activities to observe is when crows, ravens and Bohemian waxwings feed on the red mountain ash berries, so prevalent in the fall and early winter. The juxtaposition of red berries, snow and birds is a special sight. When there’s a bountiful crop (one that’s not stri...
Dec 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Flower petals, cookies brighten winter darkness
As I stepped gingerly onto the frozen parking lot, my gaze followed the tip of my boot so as to make contact with texture (as in sand) and not glare ice (as in slippery). It wasn’t until both feet were firmly planted on the snow that I started toward the sidewalk that linked the mall’s stores tog...
Dec 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Trees are heirs to host of ills throughout winter
Last week I talked about winter care for rhododendrons and other shrubs. Thanks to the last stretch of cold weather, however, many folks have become concerned about bigger things, like trees. I’d like to think that wrapping tree trunks with knitted scarves would protect our trees from severe cold...
Nov 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Caring for Christmas cactus can be prickly
As the days turn cold and we shuffle closer to the holiday season, our attention shifts toward indoor activities. So it’s no surprise that after a summer hiatus, houseplants receive more attention and I, in turn, am privy to grocery aisle comments like, “Why does my Christmas cactus look so bad?”...
Nov 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Aphids sneak inside
Having plants festooned with aphids is a common complaint this time of year. Where the heck do aphids come from? More than likely, they piggy-backed their way in on an outdoor plant you brought inside or rode in through the front door on a breeze or your sweater sleeve. Aphids also show up on pla...
Nov 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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