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Learn how to grow common houseplants indoors as a way to clean your air. Listen to podcast: I recently heard a story about NASA sending basil and turnip seeds to the moon in grow chambers to see how they will germinate in that gravity-less, high radiation environment. It prompted me to remember the now famous research NASA also did on house plants. When looking at long term stays on the space station, one of the challenges was to produce clean air for astronauts to breathe. We all know plants are […]

Learn how to force amaryllis bulbs indoors for winter blooms. Listen to podcast: This flower is named after a shepherdess who had unrequited love for a gardener. Each day she would walk to his door to impress him by piercing her own heart with a golden arrow. The blood that would drop to the ground would turn into scarlet flowers that would line his path. I don’t know if that shepherdess ever got her gardener, but I do know her name was amaryllis. This South American tropical bulb is easy […]

Learn about asters, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Asters Aster spp and hybrids   Other Name Michaelmas daisy   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer to fall in colors such as blue, purple, red, pink and white   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 6 feet x 2 to 4 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials   This native wildflower is a sure sign of late summer and early fall in New England. […]

Learn all about growing this spring blooming, nitrogen fixing perennial in your garden. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How To Grow: Baptisia Baptisia australis   Other Name blue wild indigo   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to summer in colors of blue, white, red and yellow   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 4 feet x 3 to 4 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant   This native perennial has a shrub-like appearance even though it […]

Learn how to plant and grow bee balm in your garden. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Bee Balm Monarda didyma   Other Name Bergamont   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid summer to late summer in colors such as red, pink, and white   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 4 feet x 2 to 4 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, edible, native, deer resistant   Bee balm is a native, spreading perennial that is a delight […]

Watch this video on caring for blueberries in your garden including fertilizing, watering and pruning. Learn about grow and care for blueberries including the best varieties to grow for your location. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Blueberries I don’t know why more people don’t grow blueberries (Vaccinium). They’re one of the easiest and most beautiful fruiting shrubs to grow in our climate. They have few pests and diseases, can withstand our cold winters, and can produce healthful fruits for 30 years. What else could you ask for […]

Learn how to plant and grow Brussels sprouts. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea) have gotten a bad rap. These mini-cabbages on a stalk may look weird, but they taste great if you harvest and prepare them correctly. I’ve learned the key to enjoying this cabbage-relative is to let them get touched by light frost in fall before harvesting. Then the sweetness comes out. I like to roast “sprouts” with balsamic vinegar and root crops such as beets and carrots. Don’t be afraid to sweeten them up […]

Learn how to select, plant and grow canna lilies. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Canna Lilies Canna generalis   Other Name indian shot   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color mid to late summer in colors such as pink, salmon. red, and orange   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 6 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Canna lily is a tropical bulb that grows quickly during our warm summer to produce tall stately plants […]

Learn how to take care of Christmas cactus, poinsettia and other holiday plants after the holidays. Listen to Podcast: Now that you’ve put away all your holiday decorations, what are you going to do with those holiday gift plants still adorning your house? Like many gifts, some are worth saving and others are better regifted. So let’s go through the list of holiday gift plants and I’ll tell you what I think you should do with them. Some plants require special growing conditions to look beautiful at the holidays. These […]

Learn some alternative ways to make compost beyond just building a pile. Listen to podcast:     I have a confession to make. I’m not an active composter. I’d like to think the piles of organic matter I put together in fall will heat up and break down quickly, but invariably other chores take my attention and they slowly decompose to eventually be useable. This method works, but there are other alternatives for making compost right in the garden for those of us who aren’t interested in layering, watering, and […]

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