While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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More gardens starting this year

The nosedive in our economy, coupled with a desire for fresher, safer, better-tasting, locally grown food, is doing for vegetables what mom could never do:

We will grow A LOT more fruits, berries, veggies and herbs in 2009.

More people are growing veggies in containers

I just finished listening to a webinar on food gardening trends sponsored [...]

Overwatering kills African violets

This guy is happy and about to bloom.

I used to hate African violets. They always died.

They would droop.  I’d water them. Then they’d look worse. Then die.

My sister-in-law panicked recently when I gave her an African violet. And she’s a master gardener. “AAACK! I kill them!” she cried.

So, I’m not alone here. What’s going [...]

Getting amaryllis to bloom

In the depths of winter—we got six inches of white fluffy yesterday—I’m jazzed about the crimson trumpets of the amaryllis blaring from my kitchen island. Two sturdy 32-inch-tall stalks rise above my ‘Red Lion’ bulb.

One set of 6-inch flowers unfurled first and is starting to shrivel but the other is just opening.

People often ask me [...]

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