Cut down Foxglove or let it go to seed?

Most foxgloves are biennial plants, meaning that they flower at Age 2.  The dwarf pink variety ‘Foxy’ falls into this category.  After that, the plant dies.  So if you have ‘Foxy’ you can leave the seed stalk and hope that it will spread some seed around your garden for another year.  In 2016, this biennial…

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Benefits & FAQ’s About Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are taking responsibility for their “ecological footprint.”  A rain garden is a sunken garden that is planted with deep-rooted, water loving plants and grasses in a well-draining basin. Its purpose is to receive runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks, and driveways. Storm…

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Why is my Lettuce Tall and Bitter?

As more of us grow our own food, even on a small scale, there is much to learn about the life cycle of various plants in the vegetable garden.  Most lettuce varieties are cool season crops.  When the hot weather comes, they send up tall stalks that will flower and set seed.  You’ll notice that…

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Planting for pollinators!

It’s not too late to plant some flowers that will lure in monarch and other butterflies and support their life cycle, while encouraging good pollination in your vegetable and fruit gardens. The leaves of Joe Pye weed are food for developing caterpillars.  You may remember that the monarch caterpillars can feed only on the of milkweed…

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