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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Orchids Give Your Home a Tropical Touch

By Maury Frein, Ahner’s Garden and Gifts (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2006 issue.) As the final flowers fade on the poinsettia and the darkness of another Midwest winter takes control, we are starving for any sign of the warmth of the tropics. Welcome to orchid season. Every January and February in St. Louis we have

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Greenhouse Windows and Plants That Love Them

By Ellen Barredo (This article originally appeared in The Gateway Gardener Jan/Feb. 2006 issue) There are many plants that will enjoy the bright, warming environment of a greenhouse window. Greenhouse windows also allow you to rotate plants to different rooms for display and then return the plant to the window’s favorable light conditions for rejuvenation. Before selecting plants for the

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Snowbirds

By Connie Alwood (this article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener in Jan/Feb. 2006) Look for these winter visitors in your garden! In Florida, southern Texas and southeastern Arizona, “snowbirds” mean one thing: migrating retirees returning for the winter. They come from Canada and Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas, looking to avoid the harsh winter months. Of course the original

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From Cloches to Castles–Season Extenders

Season-Extending Options for Every Budget (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener Jan/Feb. 2006 issue) Many gardeners welcome the respite from gardening chores that comes from the frosty days of winter, but if this is your season of discontent, there are many options available to minimize and even eliminate your gardening downtime.  From simple, economic covers to budget-busting glass

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