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Pinky Winky hydrangea: standing the test of time

Some plants just don’t stand the test of time, at least not in this zone 4 climate. I’m thinking of some shrubs in particular. Sure, they may be doing well in some situations, but overall they’re not a reliable performer, … Continue reading

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Fall gardening checklist

I arrived in Sault Ste. Marie in 1978. I remember rolling in to town like it was yesterday. It was the middle of September and it was raining. It rained and rained and rained and rained. And I was wondering, … Continue reading

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When to Start Planting in the North Country

As I look out my (home) office window I see the grass greening up, yet the ground is still a little cool to plant any warm season vegetables, like tomatoes, peppers and corn. However, if your garden has dried out … Continue reading

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Getting ready to rake the lawn? Not so fast!

  I don’t know about you but this weather has gotten me itching to get out in the yard and start raking. But then I was reminded of the words of a landscaper I talked to the other day for … Continue reading

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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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MSU Master Gardener class comes to Sault Ste. Marie

MSU’s Master Gardener class will once again be offered for area gardeners. This is a great way to learn all aspects of gardening and horticulture from experts in the field. The 7 week course is going to be held on … Continue reading

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Beware of bargain seeds and garbage bags

  Everyone wants a bargain. And if you’re like me you sometimes go with the lowest price only to find it wasn’t such a bargain after all. For example, I once put a cheap battery in my furnace thermostat and … Continue reading

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Sex education for cucumber growers

After years of mediocre production from my cucumber plants I’ve decided to take some action. My first thought was to call the folks at Johnny’s Seeds to see what they have to say about it. They told me they grow … Continue reading

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Plant a pencil? A lollipop?

Here are a couple of items I ran across that are intended to get kids interested in gardening and eating healthy vegetables. They should be of interest to parents and teachers. Plant a Lollipop? The first one is VeggiePOPS™. This … Continue reading

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Reasons to garden, for those who need a few!

Why Garden? The National Garden Bureau’s Top Ten Cell phones, tablets, and Fit Bits have become the tools of our modern lives. But it wasn’t that long ago that a shovel, a patch of soil and a bag of seeds … Continue reading

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