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Tips for the Healthiest Produce You Can Grow

Debate can range quite a bit about what fruits and vegetables are the most nutritious. What is currently known about nutritional components in foods, such as phytochemicals, is still being studied. One way to determine nutrition is to consider produce that boasts the highest ANDI scores. What is the ANDI score? ANDI stands for Aggregate […]

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Growing Herbal Shrubs

What’s evergreen, disease-resistant, drought-tolerant, sometimes edible (though not by deer), easy to propagate, pollinator-friendly, and adaptable to different uses in the landscape? If you knew to guess herbal shrubs, you’re probably already familiar with these plants’ many charms. Botanically, an herb is any plant that does not produce a woody stem. But culturally, the definition […]

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Crapemyrtles

Recently I have been focusing on crapemyrtles. I admire their profuse blooms in the middle of the hottest summer but most of all I love their smooth, exfoliating, creamy-gray trunks, which delight me throughout the winter. A correctly planted crapemyrtle is a thing of beauty—and rarely attained. There is a lovely one, a small tree, […]

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Plant a Bird-Friendly Backyard

It’s important to think about the plants you include in your garden. Remember, what you grow in your garden matters to birds and pollinators. Whether you want to create a space for happy hummingbirds or plant for more pollinators, Audubon North Carolina’s Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program is making it easier to choose […]

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