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    I love my houseplants. I mean seriously adore them. Many of them are decades old and have been moved to a few new homes. They . . .
  • Two whole jicama and one cut in half
    In my past as a chef, I got to discover lots of foods that I hadn’t seen when growing up. These discoveries, and the problem . . .
  • 2021 Sponorship Recipient Charleston Park Food Forest
    In Alva, Florida, summers are long, hot and oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy. Winters rarely get the kind of cold that most of us are . . .
  • Bright autumn leaves on trees around a pond
    Autumn is a season of change. The leaves explode into color, then fall. The botanical world closes up like an umbrella as flowers fade and . . .
  • Cactus covered in snow
    I have ruined plants in cold temperatures more than once. Some survived but most departed this world and became a lesson for me as a . . .
  • Plants grow in cold weather. I should know, growing up in central Alaska where temperatures regularly tumbled to -60 and even -70 degrees F. (-51 . . .
  • How cold can garden plants tolerate once we shift from summer into fall? It all depends on the plant and its location. But for me, . . .
  • General gardening wisdom says I must dig my gladiolus bulbs in the fall and overwinter them indoors if I want them to survive the winter. . . .
  • As homeowners, we battle a variety of pests that damage lawns and gardens. They eat our veggies, destroy our flowers, and wreak havoc on our . . .
  • The only similarity between my indoor and outdoor decorating style is that neither is too fussy. I don’t spend a lot on decorating, and I . . .
  • Although I usually divide my perennial plants in spring, fall garden division is the next best thing. And where I live (in NC), we have . . .
  • It’s no secret I love my edible garden. Nothing beats eating fresh from your own landscape. I also love my flowers. The perennials are currently . . .
  • Many people list spring as their absolute favorite season, and who can argue with that? New flowers after a long winter brighten the hardest heart. . . .
  • Chrysanthemums have long been one of my absolute favorite plants to grow in the fall. Dwarf potted chrysanthemums were among the very first flowers I . . .