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The Greener View: Dwarf Tomatoes

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I love fresh tomatoes. I moved into an apartment with a small patio. It gets a lot of sun, so it should be OK to grow plants, but I need small plants. Are there any really small tomato plants?

A: I have good news for you. There are a lot of small tomato plants that have great tasting, full-size fruits. The only problem is that most people ...Read more

On Gardening: Intenz celosia offers toughness and beauty

Gardening / Gardening News /

As spring approachese, I wanted to put a bug in your ear, so to speak, for a plant you probably have not tried, the Intenz celosia. You might think of it as a celosia with the look of a little rocket or perhaps a colorful wheat ear.

The Intenz series has been coming out in some drop-dead gorgeous colors or varieties like Classic, Dark Purple ...Read more

The Greener View: Vegetables and Honeysuckles

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I have tried growing my own vegetable plants for a couple of years, but they always seem to fail. I am careful with the watering and following the directions on the seed packages. Most of the seeds sprout, but very often, they reach an inch or 2 high and then fall over like they were chopped off at the base. I know there are no insects, slugs...Read more

On Gardening: Abelias have moved to the must have plant category

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Never did I think I would see the day that abelias were making my list of must-have plants. I wrote about some of the new abelias in the spring of 2014, and now four years later, they are real performers. At the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens we got Kaleidoscope, and Miss Lemon for evaluating and trial purposes from the Southern Living Plant ...Read more

The Greener View: Ice, Snow and Pigeons

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: Our area recently received a lot of ice and snow. Some of our trees were bent over during the storm but seem to be recovering after most of the ice and snow melted off. My problem is that some larger trees have broken or cracked limbs. They are in the backyard and have provided us with a lot of shade, and I don't want to lose them. How soon ...Read more


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