Monthly Archives: January 2011

A-Peeling Characters

By MaryAnn Fink (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2006 issue.) Trees can be a valuable investment and an opportunity to personalize a home. Healthy trees and shrubs requiring a minimum of care can be architectural complements to a home, especially when they have fascinating good looks. Look for these Plants of Merit selections that can

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Stress Relief for Indoor Plants

By Ellen Barredo (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2008 issue.) We all know what happened to your houseplants in December. As decorating and celebrating the holidays took place, plants were shoved into dark, dry corners, and erratic watering schedules were followed; as a result, they’re showing their displeasure with symptoms of stress, like wilting, leaf spots,

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The Winter Songster-Carolina Wren

By Connie Alwood (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2007 issue.) On a January morning we can’t expect much birdsong.  Except for the occasional mockingbird and the partial song of the white-throated sparrow, plus a few chips from other birds coming to the feeder, it’s usually a silent winter. However, one songster still bursts forth with much

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Mailorder Gardening

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2007 issue) Do the following mailorder catalog companies bring to mind pleasant winter hours planning for a 2007 garden that will—of course—be the best and most beautiful garden you’ve ever had? Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery (13101 East Rye Road, Avalon, Wisconsin; www.songsparrow.com); Bluestone Perennials (7211

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Grow Your Garden From Seeds

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2006 issue.) Many gardeners have never tried growing annuals, vegetables and even perennials from seed, believing the process too daunting a task. Yet there are some good arguments for starting your garden from seeds. Plant propagation from seeds is, to be sure, the most economical method. Often

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