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May 20, 2019 Knives in the Garden, National Pick Strawberries Day, Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, Chelsea Flower Show, Paul Martin’s Lazy Salad Days, John Milton’s Song on a May Morning, Wild Fruits by Thoreau, Edge Gardening, and Ludwig Leichhardt

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Have you ever used a knife as a garden tool? Serrated knives are my favorite to use in the garden. The word serrated has Latin origins meaning “saw shaped”; think of the serrated edges of Maple leaves. If you are a thrift shopper, at Goodwill, they keep most of the donated knives in a case at the front of the store. You can just ask to see if they have any serrated knives – they are so handy in the…

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May 17, 2019 Ready to Garden, Botticelli, George Glenny, Requirements for Plant Explorers, Bernadette Cozart, Rocky Mountain Field Botany Course, Market Garden Workshop at Green Cauldron Farm, James Hunt, The Golden Circle, Hal Borland, and another Photo Friday in the Garden

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Are you feeling it yet? The urge to get going in the garden? I was reading a book from 1915 about spring, it started this way, “If you are not dead, you will feel the sap start within you…” Everyone comes to the garden in their own time. If you’re not yet ready to put your pots together or take on gardening the way you did last year, that’s completely fine. Sometimes the seasons of our lives, don’t align with…

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May 16, 2019 Plant Tags, Growing Zones, Luigi Fenaroli, Charles Theodore Mohr, University of Winnipeg, Sara Teasdale, May, Wild at Home, Hilton Carter, Fall Blooms, the Kentucky State Flower, and Goldenrod

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Do you know what to look for on a plant tag? The first significant thing I look at is the growing zone. Often the plant tag will give a range for the growing region like 5-9 or 3-7. This is why knowing your growing zone is key. If you don’t know, you just need to ask someone at the garden center -they should know what growing zone you are in. Now, as an experienced gardener, let me tell you what…

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May 15, 2019 Plant Height, Isaac Newton, President Lincoln, the USDA, Charles Sprague Sargent, the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve, Ettie C. Alexander, the NOLA Museum of Art, Emily Dickinson, Ina Coolbrith, Top-dressing, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Plant height is one of the factors often indicated on plant tags. But mature height often takes ten years – especially if you’re talking about trees and shrubs. Most plants benefit from some amount of pruning – in which case their height can be controlled. BTW, Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow 3 feet in just 24 hours.       Brevities #OTD President Abraham Lincoln created the U.S. Department of Agriculture today in…

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May 14, 2019 Garden Experts, Mary Delaney, Edward Jenner, John Cushnie, Hal Borland, Ruth Hayden, Slowing Growth in Shade, and the Mayapple

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Most gardeners share a common secret: they never feel like they know enough about gardening to call themselves an expert. If you feel this way after years of gardening, you’re not alone. Over two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to his friend, the painter Charles Wilson Peale. He’s lamenting the limitations of his garden at Monticello. He concludes with one of my favorite garden quotes of all time: “But tho, an old man, I am but a young…

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