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Tips for Seed Starting Success
Starting plants from seed can save you money, extend your garden season and be lots of fun.   But sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as planned. Here are tips for increasing your success.   Read the directions on the seed packet....
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Extend the Vase Life of Daffodils
Daffodils are a cheerful addition to the garden and your spring flower bouquets. Extend your enjoyment to a week or more by conditioning your daffodils before adding them to your spring arrangements.   This also protects the other cut flowers...
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Diagnosing Tree Problems
We’ve all seen seemingly healthy trees fail. Once the tree is removed, a hollow center reveals the cause of this tree failure. Arborists now have a minimally invasive tool that helps them diagnose the soundness of a tree. This information can help...
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Renovating Overgrown Shrubs
Quickly tame overgrown shrubs with renovation pruning in late winter or early spring. This drastic approach to managing shrubs is not for the timid pruner or for all plants. Many shrubs like potentilla, spirea, privet, butterflybush, beauty bush and...
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The National Garden Bureau Names 2015 The Year of the Coleus
Colorful foliage and shade tolerance gained this plant favor in gardens for many decades. But the increase in varieties, sun tolerance and our love of foliage plants resulted in 2015 being named the year of the coleus.   You’ll find...
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Indoor Plants with Fragrant Flowers
Add a little homegrown aromatherapy to your home with fragrant flowered indoor plants.   Gardenias may be the first plant that comes to mind. They can be challenging, but worth the effort. Grow gardenias in moist acidic soil, bright light and...
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Heart Shaped Plants to Give for Valentine’s Day
 Looking for something different to give your Valentine this year? How about an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers. Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow long blooming indoor plant. The red or pink heart shaped flowers rise above glossy...
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Dahlias – A Traditional Favorite Perfect for Today’s Gardens
Add some elegance, color or fun to the garden with dahlias. These traditional plants come in a variety of sizes, shapes and color, making them a great choice for any garden.   You can find dahlias as short as 12 inches and as tall as five feet....
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Moonlight (Night) Garden
Create a beautiful garden that reaches its peak once the sun sets.   A moon or night garden extends your outdoor enjoyment with white and light colored flowers that just seem to glow in the dark. They even appear to float in the air as the green...
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Ketchup ‘n Fries Tomato-Potato Plant for the Garden
Grow your own ‘Ketchup ‘n Fries’ this season. This tomato grafted onto a potato plant is sure to be a hit in your garden.  Growers have been working on grafting the closely related potato and tomato for more than 15 years. ...
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Showing Your True Colors
It's entirely possible the world went insane on Thursday. Someone posted a picture of a two-toned striped dress to Tumblr on Wednesday, and asked simply: “Guys please help me - is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my...
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Llamas on the Lam
A couple of llamas got loose in Sun City, Arizona yesterday afternoon, and the helicopter-shot video of the event quickly went viral. Fox News picked it up, and (sorry) ran with it. Shepard Smith provided running commentary on the "llama...
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Working Out with Queen Bey
Ever wonder how Beyonce keeps herself fit and toned? Wonder no more. Because on Wednesday, the Queen herself released an Instagram video to show herself in action, keeping fit and getting toned. The video is speeded up to the tune of "Eye...
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How is This a Thank You?
Kim Kardashian just reached 27 million followers on Instagram. This is where you say "Whoopee" or "Yahoo," I guess. So to say thanks, Kim posted a selfie to her Instagram page. A selfie showing part of her butt wrapped around...
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From T&A to Big Bang Theory
Melissa Rauch plays a scientist on The Big Bang Theory. The other night on Conan, she talked about how she started performing at a very young age, in her parents' basement. Her parents encouraged her in the arts, and let her see shows that...
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Ice-T Ices Cartoon Voices
A lot of people know Ice-T from his music, and his movies, and his long-running stint as one of the detectives on Law & Order: SVU. But a lot less know him for his work as a cartoon voiceover artist. (Stay with the bit. It works if you stay...
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Got Frozen Fever Yet?
The folks at Disney released the trailer for Frozen Fever, a short film featuring all your favorite Frozen characters this week. It will be seen in theaters in front of Disney's Cinderella, which will be released on March 13. And it seems like...
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This Guy Had the Hot Hand!
Florida State University's basketball squad lost to Miami on Wednesday by four points, 81 - 77. But that's only how the story ends. How Florida State got that close - that's the real story. Because freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes...
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Giuliani Gets Stewartized
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has been taking a lot of heat over comments he made about President Obama not loving America. The reaction has come from all quarters - even some conservative quarters that Giuliani probably considered safe havens...
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"Unless You Know How to Make Jokes, Don't Do It!"
Giuliana Rancic's comments about Zendaya's dreadlocks - smelling like patchouli oil and weed - during the Fashion Police episode focusing on the Oscars is still stirring controversy. Yesterday on The View, Whoopi Goldberg took the others on...
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