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Native Steeplebush Adds Beauty and Attracts Butterflies
It's not your common spirea found in many commercial and home landscapes; but rather it's less utilized relative and North American native shrub known as steeplebush or hardhack (Spiraea tomentosa). This adaptable shrub is hardy in zones 3 to 8. It...
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Managing Invasive Plants
Buckthorn, honeysuckle and Tree of Heaven are just a few of the landscape plants that have left the garden and invaded our natural spaces. These aggressive plants outcompete and crowd out our native plants, destroying the food and habitat needed by...
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Mexican Mint or Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)
Add some fragrance to your indoor and outdoor gardens with Mexican mint also known as menthol plant or Cuban oregano. This fast grower quickly reaches a height of 6 to 18 inches and a width of three feet. Grow it in containers, as a groundcover or in...
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Mexican Mint or Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)
Add some fragrance to your indoor and outdoor gardens with Mexican mint also known as menthol plant or Cuban oregano. This fast grower quickly reaches a height of 6 to 18 inches and a width of three feet. Grow it in containers, as a groundcover or in...
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Attract Beneficial Insects with Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
Many gardeners know and grow bee balm (Monarda dydima), but its beautiful mildew resistant cousin spotted bee balm is often overlooked. You'll know it's a bee balm by its unique, almost Dr. Seuss-like flowers. The small creamy yellow flowers appear...
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Dry Bottle Garden (Plant Cacti and Succulents in a Wine Bottle)
Put those empty wine bottles to work as containers for cacti and succulents. All you need is an empty bottle, a well-drained potting mix and a few small succulents. Cut an opening into the side of the bottle or purchase a precut bottle. Place...
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Gardener’s Tool Kit; Pruning Tools
Before you head out to the garden to do a bit of pruning, make sure you have the right tool for the job. Use a bypass hand pruner for deadheading and pruning woody stems up to ¾ of an inch in diameter. These pruners have two sharp blades like...
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Burgundy Shamrock for St Patrick’s Day & Beyond
Add a little purple to your green this St Patrick's Day by planting a burgundy shamrock plant, botanically known as Oxalis 'Triangularis'. This beauty makes a great indoor plant or addition to the woodland garden, container plantings and flower...
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Preparing Dormant Annuals for the Growing Season
Clear a spot on the windowsill and make room for geraniums, fuchsias, lantanas and any other plants that were stored in a cool dark location indoors for winter. Plant any bareroot plants in a container large enough to accommodate the roots. Move...
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Preventing Girdling Roots
Increase the health and longevity of your trees by reducing the risk of girdling roots. These roots encircle the trunk and interfere with the flow of water, nutrients and food reserves between the roots and the leaves. Always check for and loosen...
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The Mix Insider
Meet the New Daily Show Host
Comedy Central announced yesterday the replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Just as everyone expected, the new host is... Trevor Noah? Um, sorry, who? Trevor's relatively new to The Daily Show. Heck, he's relatively new to...
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Deer Season is Open
The folks at Disney have been busy turning cartoon characters into live-action characters. We've had Maleficent, and most recently, Cinderella. So why not take the same approach with Bambi? Great idea, and played up perfectly by the folks at...
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Oh No He Didn't...
Justin Bieber took the stage as a back-up singer with Ariana Grande in Miami over the weekend. His job: help her with "Love Me Harder." And he couldn't do it. He flubbed the lines, then gave up and started dancing on stage and greeting fans to...
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The Beginning of The New World
Jay Z enlisted some top-level friends to help him announce his new streaming music service, Tidal. Beyonce was there, of course, and Kanye. But so was Madonna, and Nicki Minaj, and Jason Aldean, and Chris Martin, and more. Dozens of artists, in the...
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Something Old Really Works
Here's a head-scratcher: some scientists in England have found a way to kill the hospital superbug known as MRSA. Great news, you say. How did they do it? Simple. They cooked up a compound from a recipe found in a book about 1000 years...
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Sound of Music... Peter Pan... The Wiz?
NBC announced plans to produce another live musical right around Thanksgiving. Two years ago, it was Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood. Last year, it was Peter Pan starring Alison Williams. This year, it's The Wiz. Right. The Wiz....
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And This is Why I Don't Go on Rollercoasters...
Opening day for the Coney Island Cyclone, one of the world's most historic wooden rollercoasters, didn't go so well for the first riders of the season. At the top of its first hill, just before the first drop, the coaster stopped dead in its...
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Behind the Times?
President Obama sat down last week to talk with David Simon, the creator of The Wire, the critically-acclaimed TV show. The idea was to discuss what Simon observed about crime in the inner city that drove him to create the show. The guy's a...
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Wait a Minute, What?
Furious 7 - the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise - is set to open up in theaters in a couple of weeks. The hype for it has been huge. Naturally, everyone thinks the "7" in the title refers to it being the "seventh"...
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Unintentional Photo Bomb
Kim Kardashian must have been having an off day. There was a camera pointed her way, and she didn't manage to strike a pose. Instead, it sort of looks like she's picking her toes Or perhaps grabbing for her pocketbook. Kanye, on the...
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