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Posted Sep 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

There is something quite fascinating about how a flower turns to seed. Some flowers, like American Lotus, have very interesting seed heads.

Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Over the years, my Christmas cactus plants have dropped leaves or had pieces knocked off of them. All I have done is stick the knocked-off piece back in the pot, made sure it was kept moist and within weeks, the little piece starts to show growth.

Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Ever since I hung up a Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States poster at the foot of my stairs, I have been talking to myself, trying to match bumblebee markings I see in my garden with the ones on the poster. My favorite is the “Confusing...

Posted Aug 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

As I was waiting for the Sullivan mobile locksmith to show up, I spotted something that looked vaguely familiar. For $1, I could buy two pots of yellow-blooming purslane, which I have seen people in mid-Missouri identify as a weed. Easy to do since...

Posted Aug 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Not sure I have the brightest tomato plants growing in pots on my deck. A recent check of the caterpillar-munching to plant leaf ratio suggests my tomatoes don’t care if hornworm caterpillars defoliate them. But then I may be wrong.

Posted Aug 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Fellow beekeepers were talking about ordering queen bees through the mail so I decided to give it a try.

Posted Aug 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Since my hillside garden is growing cucumbers galore this year, I decided to try a couple of new recipes — something with less sugar than I remember my mother's recipe using, and more color besides the food coloring my younger brothers would...

Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 7:32 PM

One of the reasons I know August is around the corner is because "naked ladies" are popping up around town, and in my hillside garden.

Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Of all of the mints in my herb garden, chocolate mint is the most intriguing.

Posted Jul 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

One early morning, I looked out my dining room window to see a new, all-red bird sitting on a nearby tree limb.

Posted Jun 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Plants, even low maintenance ones, benefit from being planted in favorite soil conditions and that includes knowing how much, and when, to fertilize. Second to pesticide use, most homeowners over-fertilize, which can be worse than too little.

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