Appreciating the Winter Garden

Appreciating the Winter Garden

Flower Gardening, Herb Gardening, Year Round Gardening
Two words bring together my feelings about gardening: appreciation and fascination. At the end of December, when time seems compressed and hasty, tasks are many and quiet moments few, the garden gives us time to appreciate a slower, gentler pace. Appreciation means, to me, looking closely at plants, sensing the feel of damp winter air, listening for a chickadee's cheerful song, and reveling in the serenity of a garden. My garden is on Capitol Hill in Seattle, surrounded by houses and city activity, but it offers quiet, a moment to sit in the copper-roofed rain shelter during early dusk and savor the silence falling into the earth along with rain. Touring a nursery will also provide a sense of calm, as you breathe in extra oxygen provided by plants in…
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How To Get Rid Of Aphids Safely

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Do you see stunted growth, distorted and yellowing leaves, and an ugly black sticky goop on a plant in your garden? It may mean that you have aphids. A wide variety of plants are an aphids feeding groun, and in severe cases a plant attacked by aphids will fail to thrive. As they eat, they discharge a sticky substance, called honeydew, which quickly becomes infested with a black sooty mold. They spread viruses; many incurable. Just a few of many important reasons to take steps necessary to controlling aphids in the garden. How to Get Rid of Aphids Naturally Killing aphids naturally is not only better for the environment, it’s also more effective. Aphids don’t respond well to insecticides, but you can get them under control by taking advantage of…
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