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New plants, new products, new ways of solving age-old gardening problems. Join Gardener Guy Paul James as he presents what’s new in the world of gardening. Class is free, but registration is required.
Container gardening is more popular than ever, and it's one of Susan Brammeier's specialties (she's responsible for all of Southwood's beautiful container plantings). Join Susan as she explains how to pick the perfect pot, potting mix, and plants, both ornamental and edible. Class is free, but registration is required.
Sometimes you just want a plant that you can stick in the ground, water now and then, and not have to worry about. Join Paul James as he presents his list of foolproof plants, all of which require next to nothing in the way of maintenance and aren't troubled by pest and disease problems, yet look great. Class is free, but registration is required.
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For me, the 2017 gardening season officially began last Sunday. I planted potatoes and onions. I pruned some fruit trees, a few Japanese maples, and several shrubs. I spread five bales of straw in the paths of my veggie gardens. I tidied up my ornamental beds in preparation for planting. And I raked and composted well over a dozen trash cans full of leaves. Then, just as the sun was setting, I sat on the porch with a beverage and admired my accomplishments. (Full disclosure: Later that evening I also took two tabs of Aleve PM.)
Years ago it was called edible landscaping. Now it’s termed foodscaping, and basically it refers to the practice of planting edibles in and among ornamentals. It’s great for folks who don’t want to maintain a traditional veggie or herb garden, but love the idea of growing and harvesting fresh produce. And here are some suggestions for putting the practice into practice.
A lot of landscape plants are looking pretty sad right now. In fact, some of them look downright dead. The question is, will they bounce back this spring, or should I dig them up and start thinking about what to plant in their place?
Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’, better known as the coral bark maple, has been growing in popularity in recent years, and with good reason: It’s beautiful all year long, even in the dead of winter – as in right now -- when its show-stopping, coral-colored trunk and twigs are at their peak.