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Spring Pruning…Clematis

Now is a good time to start your spring pruning chores. I will write this series over a period of weeks to coincide with pruning time for some of the more confusing plants in your garden in the hope that … Continue reading

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Preparing Roses for Winter

Now that we are reaching the end of November…and it certainly was a mild one…it is time to prepare the roses for winter. There really isn’t much to do, but it is a must-do chore in Rhode Island and anywhere … Continue reading

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Storing Dahlias for Winter

I have been growing dahlias for about six years…can’t imagine a summer without them. They are fun to see in the garden, a jumble of plants in all sizes and dressed in a riot of gorgeous blossoms of all shapes, … Continue reading

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Is It a Nut or Not?

Some more insights…and a holiday tip…from Herbdoc: A casual remark by a fellow Master Gardener indicated that she had recently learned that almonds were drupes. This led me on a research quest to find out exactly what might be included … Continue reading

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Bouquet Garni and Fines Herbes

In her last post Herbdoc told us how to make herb vinegars. What better to complement this than her recipies for bouquet garni and fines herbes. If you’ve been looking at special recipes for the holidays, you may have come … Continue reading

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Making the Bed for Spring

So you want to plant a new bed next year…well, now is the time to get it ready. First thing to do is mark the outline of your planned bed with a hose, or string, or some powdered lime. Then … Continue reading

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The Grass is Greener…

It is Fall, and here in RI that means it is the best time of year for cool season grasses. My lawn looks great from March to November, but now it is also free of weeds. As a master gardener, … Continue reading

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October in Bloom

One of the goals in planting a perennial garden – besides sustainability – is to have plants that bloom for every month, from spring through fall. I thought about this as I walked around the garden yesterday trying to find … Continue reading

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Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter

As I look around the garden, seeing some of it still in bloom, it is hard to believe fall is here and it is time to start putting the garden to bed for winter. I like to use a check … Continue reading

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Nitrous Oxide Eats Ozone!

Here’s a new issue for us to ponder in our quest for improved sustainability and environmentally-sound gardening and farming practices. It was recently reported by NOAA scientists that nitrous oxide has become the largest ozone-depleting substance emitted by human activities. … Continue reading

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