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Cure the Early Spring Gardening Slump

March and April seem to be two of the longest months for North Carolina gardeners. The seed catalogs are discarded. The ordered seeds are either planted in a sunny window or waiting for more consistently warm weather before being spread in the earth. The mornings can be chilly and the afternoons vary daily from cold […]

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Grow Allium

Ornamental alliums are on the rise and popping up in magazines, on Pinterest boards, and in gardens across the country. Most alliums have a long, leafless stalk topped with a globe-like bloom. The flowers are filled with nectar attractive to pollinators. Deer are another reason alliums are popular; it’s a plant deer tend to avoid. […]

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Jump Start Spring with Early Annuals

There are plenty of cool weather annuals besides pansies that are perfect for planting in early spring. Why wait for summer annuals, which technically can’t safely be planted until after our last frost date of April 15? Best yet, you won’t need to cover these selections in the event of frost. Sweet William (Dianthus) This […]

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Learning to Follow the Sun

Typically, I do not follow a clear-cut gardening plan, with little circles indicating where specific plants should go. I describe my garden as “organized chaos” because I, with plant in hand, will spy an empty space and will plop the plant in it, without using much forethought. I don’t say this proudly but rather simply […]

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