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Hardwoods, Softwoods, and Conifers, Oh My!

On a daily bases I find myself either learning new things about plants, or helping others learn by answering their questions. Sometimes by simply telling them something interesting about a plant that we pass nearby. For example, while attending a wedding recently, I pointed out beautiful Italian Cypress trees lining the venue, which are noted […]

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The Coffee Plant – Beans, blooms, Fragrance, and More!

Coffee is a word that grabs people’s attention like no other. Why is the word so alluring? Probably because it makes people think about the gift of the world’s best caffeinated beverage that can be served warm or cold. Caffeinated teas just can’t compete. Some people just don’t get it. They wonder what can possibly […]


Survival Tip: Harvest Fruit 12 Months of the Year

Winter in the traditional sense as we know it, is a cold time. The leaves have fallen, and the ground is frozen. People huddle away and hide indoors to keep warm. I’m assuming that one of the last things on people’s minds is growing fresh fruit. I mean, I totally understand it. In the winter […]


The Top 5 Shrubs

When the majority of people think about planting they think about trees, flowers, or even vegetables. Shrubs are often over looked and forgotten. This is a huge injustice, because shrubs provide many benefits to homes and gardens. They can be used to form a privacy hedge, or accent your garden. Flowers will pop against their […]

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All About the Meyer Lemon Tree

For a little while now I’ve been hearing about the Meyer Lemon Tree, and I haven’t given it much thought. My personal interests have been in fast growing trees like the Thuja or the Royal Empress Tree. However, as time passed I kept hearing things about this lemon tree. I would hear things like it […]


Fight Back Against Seasonal Allergies

By now fall is in full swing. The leaves are trading in their green hues for new fall colors, temperatures are dropping, and in some areas it’s raining more often. People are starting to bundle up, and wonder what they should be for Halloween. Also, leggings are coming out of storage. One thing that is […]


5 Keys to Growing Organic Fruit

When I hear the word organic my mind will flash to things like apples, funny tasting juices, and an excuse to increase the dollar amount on anything, like paying $8 for an organic muffin. My mind shouldn’t jump to these conclusions, except for maybe the part about the apples. Organic apples are a tasty and delicious snack. […]


A Quick Guide to Fertilizer

Fertilizer is a great way to give your plants extra nutrients. Just like growing people, growing trees need an extra boost sometimes. We all used to take out Flintstones Vitamins as growing kids, so why not help your growing plants get their nutrition as well? There’s a lot more to fertilizer than just nutrients. Like a […]


All About Fall Color

Everyone seems to love the fall. It’s a time when the weather cools off and people can spend more time outdoors. Fall provides the much needed relief from the sultry dog days of summer. People can switch from their frappes to warm coffee again. Halloween decorations appear on the shelves, and kids forget that summer […]


The Best Ways to Use Your Fall Apples

As the leaves on your trees start to change colors, you may notice that more and more apples are emerging in your local markets. There are late in the season apple trees that produce fruit just in time for the cooler weather and Halloween festivities. While Pumpkins seem to be the most popular fruit by […]