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The Avid Gardener: Preparing to Bring Plants Indoors
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The Avid Gardener: Preparing to Bring Plants Indoors
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
None of us want pests to hitchhike on plants we bring back indoors for the winter. Some plants make good candidates for wintering over and some should hit the compost heap. Here are considerations I weigh with my limited inside space. [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Preparing to bring plants indoors The Avid Gardener: Preparing to bring plants indoors
5 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” — Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” Sometimes, just the thought of garden pests becomes a nightmare for any gardener. Yesterday, I spotted [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: The power of the coffee plant in shaping history The Avid Gardener: The power of the coffee plant in shaping history
7 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
As with all traditions, the drinking of coffee has undergone enormous changes over the past 30 years, when few choices were available. There was either drip coffee made from already-ground beans that were in a vacuum-sealed can, or the nasty coffee crystals used with boiling water to make instant wh [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Dealing with the climate changes in our backyards The Avid Gardener: Dealing with the climate changes in our backyards
17 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Try as we might, there is no escaping the present discussions on climate change. According to a recent Fine Gardening Magazine article authored by Dr. Bert Cregg, an associate professor in Michigan State University’s horticulture department, it is well documented that since the Industrial Revoluti [Read More]
The Avid Gardner: Flowers Play Central Role in Memorial Day
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The Avid Gardner: Flowers Play Central Role in Memorial Day
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Lora Gauss
There are few national holidays that evoke as reverent a response as our Memorial Day, for there are not many among us who are untouched by war. [Read More]
The Avid Gardner: Flowers play central role in Memorial Day The Avid Gardner: Flowers play central role in Memorial Day
21 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.”  -- Moina Michael There are few national holidays that evoke as reverent a response as our Memorial Day, for there are not many among us who are [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Welcome Frogs of All Varieties
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The Avid Gardener: Welcome Frogs of All Varieties
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
If the frog of your imagination is a smooth-skinned amphibian that hangs out in moist areas of the garden, you’d be right, but it isn’t the only one. There is another type of lesser-known frog — the flower frog. [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Welcome frogs of all varieties The Avid Gardener: Welcome frogs of all varieties
25 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
If the frog of your imagination is a smooth-skinned amphibian that hangs out in moist areas of the garden, you’d be right, but it isn’t the only one. There is another type of lesser-known frog — the flower frog. This frog is a bouquet-arranging tool with holes or pins. It holds [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Adding to the Spring Palette
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The Avid Gardener: Adding to the Spring Palette
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
No matter what level of expertise a gardener may have, with tenacity and patience there are always small victories that add to competence and boost confidence. [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Adding to the spring palette The Avid Gardener: Adding to the spring palette
27 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“All gardening is landscape painting.”  -- Alexander Pope Not all artwork is meant for public display. I own a beach-inspired painting of grasses that hangs discretely in my garden shed, created during a paint-and-sip event with friends. A glass of merlot may have decreased [Read More]
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