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Cabbage in Winter

We still have a couple of cabbages, lots of kale, and some Brussels sprouts in the garden from last summer. Still good to eat! But we have to get ready to plant all the seeds we ordered. Maybe we’ll make sauerkraut!

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Asparagus

Our asparagus is just beginning to sprout. We should be able to start harvesting in about a month. Looking forward to fresh, homegrown, organic vegetables from our garden. The asparagus is the first of many delights to come.  

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Caladium

Caladium, Caladium bicolor, has gorgeous foliage all through the growing season. It’s dormant and dies to the ground all winter. Soon it will be time to pot up the tubers, bring it back into light and warmth, and get it growing again.  

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Blackeyed Susan

More summer flowers to look forward to. This is blackeyed Susan, Rudbekia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, a strong perennial that blooms profusely every year from mid-summer through fall.

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Purple Coneflower

The glorious summer blossoms of purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, lure many beneficial critters into the garden. Many species of bees, like native solitary bees, honeybees, and bumblebees visit them daily.

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Orchid Houseplants

Orchids are surprisingly easy houseplants. This one is Laeliocattleya Irene Finney. It wants high light but not direct sun. Light from a south facing window filtered by sheer curtains is perfect.

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Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird’s nest fern really is a fern but it doesn’t look like one. It’s a bold houseplant to two feet in diameter with bright green, strap-shaped, undivided fronds. The leaves radiate out from the center like the spokes of a wheel leaving the center open like the nest of a bird.  

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Master Gardener Classes

We’re teaching Master Gardener training classes all day today; basic botany all morning and plant identification all afternoon. Master gardeners rule!

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Aphids on Citrus

When you find aphids on the leaves of your citrus houseplant treat them with a safe organic remedy like insecticidal soap. Don’t use poison inside your home; it’s not safe for you or your pets.

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Arrowhead Vine

Arrowhead vine, Syngonium podophyllum, is another foolproof houseplant in the skunk cabbage family, the Araceae, a family that has more superb houseplants than any other. The photo shows the typical variety, the one most commonly seen. Newer cultivars have much more dramatically variegated foliage.

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