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Archive for March, 2011

Edible Landscaping is Back in Vogue

Historically, edible plants were incorporated into the plantings around homes. A typical yard might have included a few fruit trees, some berry bushes, a grape vine and perhaps a salad garden just outside the kitchen door. The last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in food gardening, as people begin to rediscover the satisfaction of growing their own food, as well as the money-saving aspects of harvesting dinner from their own backyard. “Edible landscaping” is a catch-all term that describes integrating food-producing plants into an overall landscape plan.

March 24, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · 10 Comments
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How to Plant Bulbs

Spring-planted, summer-blooming bulbs, such as gladiolus, begonias and dahlias, are some of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow in your garden. Here are some guidelines to help you get your bulbs off to a good start. When and Where to Plant Many spring-planted bulbs originate from tropical climates and won’t tolerate cold temperatures. [...]

March 24, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · 8 Comments
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How Our Plants are Shipped – And Why

Spring is here, and that means that plants in cold climates are starting to resume growth after spending the winter in a dormant, or resting, state. Here at American Meadows we ship different plants at the time and in the form that causes the least stress to them — and in many cases that means shipping when the plants are dormant. Don’t be fooled by the big, flowering plants at the big box stores. Sure, the look nice now but they’ll soon be past their prime and are often so root-bound that they perish in the garden. Learn more about our plants.

March 24, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · Comments Closed
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How to Plant Bareroot and Potted Perennials

No matter what you’re growing, one of the keys to a successful garden is getting plants off to a good start at planting time. First, be sure to match the plant to the planting location. For example, if a plant prefers full sun, select a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun each day. It’s important to plant properly, too. Here are step-by-step instructions for planting bareroot and potted perennial plants.

March 23, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · 3 Comments
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Improving Garden Soil

Years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt” and it struck me as such a perfect introduction to the topic of soil. What makes soil different from dirt? In a word, Life. Soil may look inert but it’s teeming with activity, both visible and invisible. It contains a [...]

March 17, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · 7 Comments
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Easy-to-Grow Vegetables

If you’re new to vegetable gardening or if you’re gardening with children, it’s best to stick with easy-going, fast-growing crops. Here are some suggestions to get you started, along with growing tips.

March 17, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · Comments Closed
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Vegetable Gardening Steps to Success

People are rediscovering the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from growing their own food. If you’re new to vegetable gardening, here are some guidelines and tips to help you start off right.

March 16, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · Comments Closed
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Make the Most of Your Small-Space Garden

No matter what the size of your growing area, you can have a beautiful and bountiful garden. Maybe you’re limited to growing plants on a balcony, or you’re trying to brighten up a corner near your front door. Or perhaps time constraints prevent you from expanding your gardens. Whatever the reason, here are some plant suggestions and gardening techniques to help you make the most of your garden space.

March 9, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · Comments Closed
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Recommended Perennial Plants for Small-Space Gardens

If you’re gardening in a confined area or in containers, it’s usually best to look for plants that are relatively compact as well as those that have multi-season interest. The following perennials are ideal for small-space gardens. They’re smaller than other varieties, they have attractive foliage, and/or they have a particularly long bloom period or bloom in two seasons.

March 9, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · Comments Closed
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