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Transplanting Seedlings
Move overcrowded seedlings to larger containers once they have two sets of true leaves. The first leaves that appear are rather indistinct and are called seed leaves. The next set of leaves look more like the mature plant's leaves and are called true...
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Avoid Planting Invasive Vines
Avoid future problems by keeping invasive beauties out of your landscape. Several common garden vines have escaped the boundaries of our gardens and moved into the surrounding natural spaces. These invaders crowd out native plants, disrupting the...
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Growing Scented Geraniums Indoors and Out
Add a bit of aromatherapy to your indoors with scented geraniums. Give the leaves a gentle pet and enjoy the lemon, rose, apple, peppermint or pine fragrance. Place the plants in areas where you brush by the leaves or can easily give them a pat to...
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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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Love Him or Not, This Guy's a Class Act
Vince Wilfork is a big part of the defensive line of the New England Patriots. Heck, he's a big part of the Patriots, period. In his 11-year career with them, he's picked up two Super Bowl rings. On Tuesday, he learned that the Patriots...
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This Will Melt the Coldest Heart
Duncan Keith is a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. He's supposed to be tough. That's his job. But he showed his soft side when he learned that Cammy - a youngster born without the ability to talk or walk...
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Uptown Funkily Guy
Mikey Bolts is an impressionist with an impressive array of cartoon voices in his arsenal. He's done versions of "All About That Bass" and "Happy." And now, he's taking on "Uptown Funk" and doing it in the voices of Family Guy stars - with...
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When in Paris...
Looks like there's something in the water in Paris... could it be peroxide, perchance? Both Jared Leto and Kim Kardashian showed up in France this week, and both of them were sporting new blond hairdos. For Kim, it's not much of a change....
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Hey, It's Cold, So Maybe This Will Get You Thinking Warm
Ellen DeGeneres was nice enough last week to present a history lesson. An important one, too, for anyone who's had a passing interest in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. As a cover girl herself, Ellen knows a little bit about the...
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Harrison Ford Crashes Flying Solo
Harrison Ford - Han Solo of Star Wars fame and Indiana Jones of Indiana Jones fame - crashed his vintage small plane yesterday on a golf course in Venice, California. A couple of doctors tended to him until emergency crews arrived and transported him...
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"Hey, Man, I'm Your Worst Nightmare"
To celebrate his 21st birthday - which happened on Sunday, what did you get him? - Justin Bieber decided to set himself up for a Comedy Central roast. He may have bitten off more than he can chew here. Check out the latest promo for the March 30...
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The Walking Dead, Seinfeld Style
Did you ever watch a TV drama and think, "That's pretty funny." So why not add a laugh track and some punchy music and see how it goes? That's exactly what happens when you add Seinfeld-like laughs and music to the action of The Walking...
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Fur Flies Between Sharon & Kim K
Sharon Osbourne - mama to Kelly, wife to Ozzy, and host at The Talk - is not known for being quiet, shy and reclusive. She's also a well-known and vocal opponent of real fur. So she didn't pull any punches in a recent interview with Closer...
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Whatever Happened to Sherlock Holmes?
Ian McKellen - Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings movies and Magneto from the X-Men movies - is setting his sights on a slightly less active character in his next film. In Mr. Holmes, he plays the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in his golden...
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