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The Greener View: Green Thumb Awards 2022

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Winners of the 2022 Green Thumb Awards were chosen by an independent panel of National Garden Bureau (NGB) members who are garden writers, breeders, retailers, brokers and growers. The winners are selected based on their uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity, and potential ...Read more

The Greener View: All-America Selections Vegetable Winners for 2022

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Last week we looked at the flowers that won the 2022 All-America Selections awards, and this week we look at the eight new vegetable winners.

The AAS is an independent, nonprofit organization that tests new plants. They have about 80 test gardens from Alaska and Canada to California and Florida. They also have almost 200 display gardens all ...Read more

The Greener View: All-America Selections Flower Winners for 2022

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

This week I received five gardening catalogs in the mail. I expect a few more will be coming soon. I also look online for new varieties of plants. One way that I know a plant could work well in my garden is that I look for the red, white and blue logo of All-America Selections on seed packets, bedding plant tags or in catalogs. Even AAS winners ...Read more

The Greener View: Winter To-Do List

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

The North American landscape is almost entirely dormant. Just because the landscape is dormant doesn't mean gardeners have to be. Now is a good time to visit your local botanic garden's greenhouse. It is warm and full of beautiful green plants.

Many gardeners also love bird-feeding and birdwatching. Now is a good time to build a birdhouse.

Are...Read more

The Greener View: Gardening New Year's Resolutions

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Aren't you glad 2021 is over? Hopefully 2022 will be better. Gardening makes everything better, so let's talk about how to make gardening better.

Make a New Year's resolution to learn more about gardening. Resolve to take a gardening class with your local extension office, which is part of your state university. All year long they offer local ...Read more

The Greener View: Storm Damaged Trees

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The release date for this article is just a few days before Christmas, and some of you are still hunting for a gift for a gardener in your family. One of the best sources for garden seeds and plants is Renee's Garden. Not only does Renee Shepherd have her own test gardens, but she also has her own test kitchens. She has several cookbooks of ...Read more

The Greener View: Gifts for Gardeners

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In my last column, I mentioned Jessica Walliser's new book "Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden." Of course, not every bug in the garden is beneficial and mosquitoes can be very annoying when you are gardening.

The new, all-natural insect repellent made by Para'Kito helps keep mosquitoes and ticks away. The active ingredients are natural ...Read more

The Greener View: Gift Books for Gardeners

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If you have ever seen a hydroponic gardening system, especially a DIY project to build your own hydroponic system, you probably saw a lot of pipes and pumps. If you are not a plumber, you were probably not impressed. These systems tend to be ugly and only meant to be used in the garage or backyard where they are out of sight. But gardens of ...Read more

The Greener View: Gifts for Gardeners

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With the shipping problems across the country, many of us are looking for garden gift ideas closer to home.

If you are looking for outdoor furniture, check out Berlin Gardens LLC in Berlin, Ohio. They make a wide variety of tables, chairs, pergolas and gazebos out of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It is a recycled plastic that will never ...Read more

The Greener View: Winter Garden Chores

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It may seem like there isn't much to do in the garden over the winter, but here are some ideas that may keep you busy.

For northerners, is your snowblower ready? Do you have the gas and oil it needs, or electrical cords that aren't frayed? Make sure you have sand or salt and snow shovels in the garage and car. Use sand on the walks to reduce ...Read more

The Greener View: Fall-Blooming Rhododendron

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Q: I have many native and hybrid rhododendrons. One of my hybrids is now blooming and covered in buds. The flowers are much smaller than usual, and this past spring it had hardly any blooms. Never have I seen this plant bloom at this time of year. Not complaining. Just confused.

A: Your rhododendron is more confused than you are and will ...Read more

The Greener View: Poinsettias

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Have you seen poinsettias for sale yet? I have. Were they red? Probably. That is because we all know that poinsettias are red, right? Well, not so fast. There are pink, purple, white, spotted, striped and even yellow and orange poinsettias. Every year, the commercial plant breeders of poinsettias come out with five to 20 new varieties. Most of ...Read more

The Greener View: Feeder Watch

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It is that time of year again: The weather is getting colder, and it is time to begin preparing for winter. As our gardens prepare to go dormant for the winter, we can think ahead to the joy that bird-feeding will bring. Fall is a good time to wash the feeders and to stock up on seed.

There are a few common questions and myths about bird-...Read more

 

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