What’s in Your Garden?

An american toad in a native garden

It’s no secret that native gardens lack plant variety compared to traditional gardens. Why not try more native plants in your garden?! By Scott Woodbury (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2015.) It’s no secret that native gardens lack plant variety compared to traditional gardens. A trip to a local garden center illustrates the point. Native plants

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Preserving Your Harvest

A picture of jarred preserves

There are many ways to preserve your summer harvest and extend your enjoyment of self-grown produce into the fall and winter.  You might regret giving all your produce away come winter when you have a hankering for locally grown produce. By Mara Higdon (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener September 2015 issue.) There are many ways to

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Rescue and Renovate Your Cool-Season Lawn

a photo of a man fertilizing a lawn

Cool-season lawns need “cool” temperatures at night for them to recover from the high daytime temps. When we don’t get cool nights and rain, the lawns suffer (get diseases & weeds) and they won’t recover until the cool nights return. By Glennon Kraemer (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener September 2014 issue) Cool-season lawns need “cool” temperatures at

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Purple Coneflower: Made for the Shade

A photo of purple coneflower

A common misconception about purple coneflower is that they are sun-worshiping prairie dwellers. Not so. In nature they grow in the woods, open woods that is, or savannas where the trees are widely spaced, limbs are high and only patchy-filtered sunlight reaches the ground floor. By Scott Woodbury [This photo was original published in The Gateway Gardener June 2015 issue.]

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