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What is the best mower to buy?

December 14, 2010

Excerpt from my ebook Growing Great Lawns I’m asked from time to time what is the best kind of lawn mower to buy, so with Christmas right around the corner, I thought I would put my suggestions in writing. A new lawnmower under the tree could make someone very happy, and you will get the [...]

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Christmas Gift ideas for Gardeners

November 25, 2010

DO YOU NEED SOME CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR GARDENERS?    MAYBE I CAN HELP. It’s the time of year when friends and family are starting to ask me what gift I would like for Christmas. You’re probably hearing that question too and asking it of others as well. I can always find something I want for [...]

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2010 GIANT pumpkin winner!!!!

October 24, 2010

Hear’s to one GIANT pumpkin!!! Congratulations to Ron Root, winner of the 2010 Half Moon Bay pumpkin growing competition with a 1,535 lb monster. Way to go Ron. If you are ever in the California central coast town of Half Moon Bay in October you will see this sleepy beach town transformed into Punkinville USA [...]

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It’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Time in Washington D.C.

March 28, 2010

It’s Cherry Blossom time again so I thought I’d bump this older post up. Hope you enjoy   Spring in Washington D.C. means it’s Cherry blossom time in fact March 26th through April 10th are the dates of the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1912 the Mayor of Tokyo donated 3,000 Cherry trees to [...]

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Natural Aphrodisiacs

February 15, 2010

Homegrown Aphrodisiacs As requested by BJSUPERMIX, who posted a comment on my blog, I decided to look into and report back on some naturally occurring aphrodisiacs. Since this is a blog about gardening (usually) I focused my research on plant-based compounds and stayed away from the rhinoceros horns and the Zimbabwe Dung Beetle stuff. Initially [...]

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How to Trim Roses

February 8, 2010

My Tips for Trimming Roses Excerpt from my eBook HOW TO PRUNE ROSES  available at Rainforth Home and Garden HERE It’s that time of year again in the rose world when gardeners are cleaning their tools off, sharpening their shears, and waiting for a break in the weather so they can get out and begin [...]

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Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners

December 6, 2009

Christmas and Birthday Gifts for Gardeners It’s that time of year again so I thought I’d make a few suggestions for Christmas gifts that gardeners might enjoy receiving. These would also make great birthday gifts, mother’s day or father’s day gifts, open house gifts, thank you gifts… I know that for some of you to [...]

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Smelly Trees and Stinky Plants

October 10, 2009

It’s well known that beautiful fragrances can be derived from plants and their flowers. Roses, lilacs jasmine are a few beautiful scents that come to mind. As with most things, there is also an opposite, and this time of year the opposites of the beautiful fragrances become evident.  Summer and fall seem to be a [...]

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How to Grow GIANT Pumpkins

September 26, 2009

Living in Florida it’s difficult to tell the seasons apart but certain holidays have a way of reminding me that things are about to change in most other areas of the country. Halloween is one of those occasions. My kids start weeks ahead discussing their costumes and getting excited about which friends with and where [...]

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Lombard Street AKA Candyland

August 24, 2009

Seeing the recent photos on the Internet of Lombard Street being transformed into a Candyland replica really brought back memories. Most of my early career in horticulture-related activities took place in Northern California. The City was just across the water and weekend trips to explore San Francisco were always fun. The city is so expansive [...]

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