Category Archives: Neil Moran

No-fail seed starting method

After a few years of trial and error, I’ve come up with what I’d like to think of as the no-fail seed starting method. I know, a promise not to fail at a gardening endeavor is kind of risky.  But … Continue reading

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Thank you, from the North Country Gardener!

I’ve reached a milestone today. No, I’m not a decade older. I’ve registered over 20,000 page views on my blog! Thanks to everyone who has stopped by for tips on growing a garden in the north country. I hope I’ve … Continue reading

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Corn is king! Everyone loves sweet corn, eh? Here’s an article that will all but guarantee you have success growing luscious sweet corn this summer. Just don’t let this weather fool you, though. A few weeks of warm weather is … Continue reading

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Heirlooms for Northern Gardeners?

               Heirloom vegetables are popular these days with home gardeners. Heirlooms are simply old varieties that have gone out of commercial production. A lot of these were left behind as plant breeders sought to breed new varieties that sacrificed taste … Continue reading

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Keep Those Hanging Baskets Looking Beautiful!

                Every year people spend good money buying hanging baskets to add a little color to a patio area or other living space. By mid-summer I’m hearing complaints that their hanging baskets, once so pretty, are now looking like a … Continue reading

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Birds in Our Backyards

Connie Thompson has yet another issue of her popular birding newsletter available online. And get this: she’s just published her first book! Connie is an excellent writer and I’m anxious to see her first book: Fascination with Feathers. The book … Continue reading

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Exciting Hydrangeas

While some flowering plants seem to skirt the limelight, hydrangeas are grabbing all the attention these days. These showy plants, which some folks simply dub the “snowball plant,” because of the white puffy blooms on some hydrangea types, have been … Continue reading

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Walters Gardens

Over the past dozen years or so I’ve visited a number of garden centers, nurseries and other horticulture related businesses in Michigan. One Michigan hort business that particularly stands out in my mind is Walters Gardens, in Zeeland, just outside … Continue reading

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Houseplant Frustration

It frustrates me the way houseplants are usually sold in the stores in those green or ( larger) black nursery pots. These pots are okay for shipping and display, but not so good if you want to put the plant … Continue reading

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Hulbert, Michigan is sponsoring a Wildflower Day on Sat. May 15th, 2010 from 10-4 p.m. Cost is $10. Wildflower enthusiasts will have a chance to tour five wildflower sites (and hopefully see trilliums in bloom!) with DNRE naturalist Theresa Neal. … Continue reading

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