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Techniques for a healthy productive organic garden

Not only will you grow delicious, fresh, healthy foods; you will also contribute to the health of the environment and community by not using harmful chemicals. But organic gardening doesn’t just mean not using chemicals. It is a method that encourages life and diversity in the soil, plants, and insects that live in the garden. […]

Fatsia japonica, a Shady-Loving, Evergreen Shrub

Cultural PreferencesImage Fatsia flourishes in slightly acid, rich, moist but well-drained soil in full to partial shade. Fertilize if leaves turn pale or yellow or otherwise indicate a nutritional deficiency. Although Fatsia is tolerant of heat, humidity, pollution, deer, and rabbits, it should be protected from harsh, drying wind and from burning sun. Even though […]

Marketing Panache, Plant Lore Invigorate Garden Center’s Sales

A purple petunia at the Wal-Mart store in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., sells for 26 cents. A short drive away, Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, N.Y., sells the same purple petunia for more than triple Wal-Mart’s price — 83 cents. Yet on Mother’s Day, the unofficial kickoff to gardening season in the area, long lines of […]