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High Desert Gardening: Fruit and Nuts Can Be Rewarding

The High Desert climate can produce fruit so good it’s memorable: What you need to know about chill-hours, Southwest Injury, variety, planting, irrigation. “That just might be the best peach (or pear, or plum) I’ve ever eaten!” Many high-desert residents can bring to mind specific times they’ve heard or made that statement, and they’ll recognize […]

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Wasp

How to Get Rid of Unwanted Wasp Nests

Discovering a wasp nest in or around your home is the last thing you want over summer. However, getting rid of it is relatively simple. Wasps seldom get a good press, not least because their stings can be painful and in some extreme cases may induce an anaphylactic shock. Because of this the discovery of […]

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Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening: How to Grow More in Less

Mel Bartholomew radically changed the gardening world when he developed and demonstrated the concept of square foot gardening. In the 1970s a man by the name of Mel Bartholomew radically changed the thought processes of gardeners all across the country when he developed and demonstrated the concept of square foot gardening. The principle behind square […]

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how to use rocks to enhance your garden or pond

How to Use Rocks to Enhance Your Garden or Pond

Is rock gardening for you? If you live in New England and want a garden, you might not have a choice! The number of rocks you unearth while gardening is likely to be enough to build a house. Just digging holes for new plants yields boulders of all shapes, sizes, and colors. You might want […]

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Pollinating Apple Trees

Self-Pollinating Dwarf Apple Trees for Landscaping

If you only have a small area to grow trees in, consider growing the dwarf variety of the apple tree. Many of these trees are also self-fertile. Dwarf apple trees are fruit trees that are grafted from their standard-sized counterpart. They are smaller in size but grow normal-sized apples that are large, juicy, and tart. […]

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how to build a simple fence

How to Build a Simple Fence

Great gardens is a series of articles calculated to get novice gardeners professional results. This article is about how to build a simple fence. Robert Frost said, ‘Good Fences make good neighbors,’ by which I think he meant agreeing upon what belongs to whom right from the start is a good way to avoid future […]

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Flying Dragon Citrus

Landscape Uses of Flying Dragon Citrus

The cold hardy citrus tree, Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon,’ adds four seasons of fabulous flair to the public or private garden. Backyard gardeners living above the citrus belt have long desired cold hardy citrus with edible fruit. Considered cold hardy to minus 20°F, Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’ is grown in USDA zones 5-9. Citrus is […]

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Placement of Garden Plants

Advice for Placement of Garden Plants

What to consider to help you put your garden plants in the right place, help them thrive, and create the look you desire. Using Color in the Landscape Using contrasting shapes, colors and textures will bring drama and interest to your garden. How you go about combining them will reflect your own design flair. Many […]

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Common Persimmon - Picturesque Ornamental Landscape Fruit Tree

Common Persimmon – Picturesque Ornamental Landscape Fruit Tree

The slender native common persimmon tree, Diospyros virginiana, with fabulous fall foliage and flaxen fruit is a picturesque ornamental landscape tree. The common persimmon is naturally found across the eastern U.S. from New England to Florida and west to Kansas and Texas. The hardy tree can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. The tree […]

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How and When to Reseed or Over-seed Your Lawn

How and When to Reseed or Overseed Your Lawn

Maintain a healthy lawn by reseeding at the right time of year and with the right type of grass, depending on the region in which you live. Grass seed is divided into two broad categories: cold-weather region and warm-weather region. Cold weather regions, or northern regions, are subject to deep freezes and heavy snowfall throughout […]

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