Store Your Fruits and Veggies this Fall

Store Your Fruits and Veggies this Fall By Leah Lancione If you grow your own fruits and vegetables, or even if you don’t have a garden but like to eat locally-grown produce, it’s best to harvest and eat it when it is fresh and in season. Consequently, it’s a smart idea to store this fresh […]

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First Blush of Spring

First Blush of Spring By Pat Jurgens Who isn’t thrilled by the first flowers of Spring? Green shoots rising from the warming earth, along with the hope, the excitement of new life emerging, the warm season returning. Daffodils in bright yellow frocks, their perfume lingering in the fresh morning air, tulips in their colorful reds […]

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ABCs of Hanging Baskets

ABCs of Hanging Baskets By Neil Moran             Hanging baskets are an easy way to add instant color to any deck, patio or porch. The nice thing is you can either purchase ready-made baskets or make your own. And with the right selection and care you can keep them looking good all Summer long. Here […]

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Parsley Past and Present

Parsley Past and Present By Barbara Aiken About that emerald green, magical herb in your garden. Where did it all begin, how is it used today? Parsley, the underutilized and oversimplified herb, is the most popular in the world.  Is that an oxymoron; well, yes and no. Parsley has earned the highest award in the […]

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Bees in Your Backyard: A Hobby Full of Sweetness and Light

Bees in Your Backyard: A Hobby Full of Sweetness and Light By Kirsten S. Traynor Have you toyed with the idea of keeping your own honeybee hive? Perhaps you want pollinators for your garden. Or maybe a taste of honey from a local beekeeper stirred a desire to harvest your own. Possibly you’ve heard bees […]

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Rock Stars in Your Garden

Rock Stars in Your Garden By Neil Moran I’ve been gardening since the Rolling Stones first started touring as a headline act (1964, if you don’t remember). During that time I’ve tried growing a number of different vegetables and vegetable varieties with mixed results. Here are a few you’ve-just-got-to-try vegetables for your garden based on […]

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For the Gardner in Your Life

For the Gardner in Your Life By Neil Moran              If you live with a gardener you may not know what kind of garden gift to get him or her anymore than I would know what to get a golfer. (I’d rather see a beautiful golf course than play golf.) […]

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Daffodils for Fall Planting

Daffodils for Fall Planting By Neil Moran           It’s hard to believe Summer is drawing to a close. Folks around the Bay area and beyond may be starting to think about planting Spring bulbs. When I think of these bulbs I immediately envision the daffodil, perhaps because it was my mother’s favorite Spring flower. She […]

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Perennials for Shade

Perennials for Shade By Neil Moran             If you think your choices are limited when it comes to perennial plants for the shady or woodland areas in your yard, follow along as I share some perennial flowers that perhaps you’ve overlooked. These perennials have done well for me in my garden and some of the […]

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Colorful Gardens, Fountains Add Beauty to Hospice of the Chesapeake’s New Home

Colorful Gardens, Fountains Add Beauty to Hospice of the Chesapeake’s New Home By Leslie Hunt The Hospice of the Chesapeake relocated in July 2013 to a seven-acre property in Pasadena, where a renovated three-story patient services building surrounded by sustainable gardens and flowing fountains has become its permanent home. The relocation of the administrative office […]

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Revovating a Perennial Bed

Renovating a Perennial Bed By Neil Moran           Let’s face it, life sometimes gets in the way of the time we can spend in our flower gardens, and well, things can get a little out of hand. Perennials get very large and need to be divided, some get downright invasive and, of course, the weeds, […]

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Blossoming Beauty

Blossoming Beauty By Melissa Conroy Thousands of delicate white and pink cherry blossoms waving in the breeze is a familiar Spring sight and a lovely reminder that Winter has passed and warmer days are ahead. Although the cherry blossom season is fleeting, the trees’ spectacular display is well worth the long wait, and millions of […]

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Purifying the Air We Breathe

Purifying the Air We Breathe By Neil Moran           After lengthy studies fit for a government agency, the folks at NASA have definitively established that indoor plants can help astronauts breathe cleaner, less toxic air while in outer space. What NASA found in a study they performed in conjunction with the Associated Landscape Contractors of […]

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Amaryllis for a Spectacular Holiday Display

Amaryllis for a Spectacular Holiday Display By Neil Moran             There are many ways to make your home more inviting for the holidays, including the usual Christmas lights, trees, wreaths and ornaments. If you gardeners want to really dazzle your guests this year, show them a display of bold and beautiful amaryllis blooms. Amaryllis is […]

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Saving the Bay: One River at a Time

Saving the Bay: One River at a Time By Kathryn Marchi Have you ever watched water gushing out of your roof gutters or streaming down your street during a rainstorm?  These familiar scenes are played out in developed areas everywhere. In a time when conservation matters, one wonders how that water could be “contained” and […]

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Terrific Tulips

Terrific Tulips By Melissa Conroy With the arrival of spring, tulips appear in grocery stores, flower shops and any place decorated for Easter. These vibrant, cup-shaped beauties are a glorious reminder that cold winter days have finally given way to spring showers and warm skies. Although most of us know that Holland is famous for […]

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How Do Leaves Turn Colors?

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An Apple a Day

  “An Apple a Day” By Neil Moran             Ah, the apple! There is nothing quite as revered as the apple. Just saying the word “apple” out loud with the soft “a” sound conjures up the crisp snap I hear when I bite into a firm Macintosh or red delicious. The word apple comes from […]

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Wisdom from the Plant World

Wisdom from the Plant World By Neil Moran We usually think of plants as providing us with beauty, food or medicine. Perhaps, though we ignore the lessons that can be learned from the world of plants. By their very nature, they can show us the way to patience, love and hope, according to Gina Mohammed, […]

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VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE: GROWING PHILODENDRONS

  Variety is the Spice of Life  Growing Philodendrons By Neil Moran There are two types of philodendrons, the climbers and nonclimbers. The climbers need strong support as they grow upward, like a trellis, or a moss-covered stake in a flower pot. The sweetheart plant, aka, heart-leaf philodendron, is one such climber and can survive […]

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