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Defining Tender and Hardy Plants

There are many ways that we classify plants but one of the most important for gardening or landscape purposes is how they respond to cool and cold temperatures. This applies to flowering plants and vegetables. In its simplest form plants are considered hardy, semi-hardy or tender. Some of these plants do well direct-seeded into the garden while others do better

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Community Garden Series: Five Tips for Community Garden Leaders and Organizers

A successful, long-term and healthy garden community requires just as much cultivating as the garden itself. Smart leaders and organizers focus on the people first before the garden is even built. And savvy leaders know that the behavior they model sets the tone for the community as a whole. No pressure, right? How to be a good leader: Have an

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Lavender 101

Lavender’s sweet, floral and slightly herbaceous aroma is unmistakable. If you don’t already have this beautiful perennial shrub planted in your garden, chances are you still have the herb hidden in one of your products at home. From cosmetics, soap, and candles to herbal teas, essential oils and ice cream, lavender leaves its mark everywhere these days—not that its benefits

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Echinacea 101

If you taste echinacea’s powerful root, you’ll be surprised by the tingling sensation that soon follows. While many herbalists enjoy echinacea’s root, the entire plant can be used for its immune boosting properties.* The alkyamides in echinacea help stimulate the immune system, but this is only one set of constituents that work in harmony with many others in the plant.

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Gardeners Can Improve Plight of the Honey Bees

Our local, and national newspapers and agricultural news journals have reported in recent years the plight of our beloved honeybees and their demise as a result of colony collapse disorder. Although the honeybee is not native to the North American continent and was originally brought over by European settlers, they have been successfully raised here for several hundred years and

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