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Grow Your Own Delicious Shiitake Mushrooms

Edible wild mushrooms should only be collected by experts in identifying the ones that are safe to eat, but anyone can grow shiitake mushrooms and enjoy without a care. Shiitakes (Lentinus edodes) are prized in Japan for their flavor and medicinal qualities. “Shii” refers to the type of tree most commonly used in production (a […]

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Survival Strategies of Plants

During the winter as you observe the bare appearance of plants, do you ever wonder how plants survive the climate challenges they annually endure? Animals have fur, migration, hibernation and estivation to help alleviate weather changes, but plants are primarily confined to specific locations during drought, floods and intense temperatures of heat and cold. Yet, […]

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Orchid Growing Tips from An Expert

Triangle Gardener caught up with Graham Wood, of Lehua Orchids in Hawaii, for some orchid growing tips. Graham is a guest speaker about lady slipper orchids at Atlantic Orchid & Garden in Raleigh each January. Q. Graham, orchids have this mystery that they hard to care for and die too easily. What are your tips […]

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Travel Down Under to This Australian Garden

Until this year my only association with the word “Everglades” was the wetlands in South Florida. I also thought no other country celebrated its national holiday on a day hotter than our 4th of July. I learned otherwise in both cases last January when I traded a few weeks of winter for the height of […]

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