I hate being a gardening know-it-all by Elizabeth Licata

These tulips on the right bloomed early because they are the Praestans Shogun species, not because I fertilized them a lot. And the funny thing is that I’m really not. I’m not a master gardener, a CNLP, or any kind of horticultural professional. I’m just a writer/editor who loves to garden, geek out on gardening books, and keep up with new ways of thinking about traditional garden practice. And, yes, I like to use botanical names. They make sense to me because, with exceptions, a plant may have five different (and often contradictory) common names but it generally has just one botanical name. This is not the culture for many longtime gardeners. The use of botanical names is considered snobby, even laughable (and makes me a know-it-all). The fact that there are many classes of tulips, which bloom at different times, including species tulips, which are more apt to perennialize, is unimportant (and makes me a know-it-all). Tilling to clear ground and get rid of weeds is still considered..
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How To Grow Strawberries

Tree of the Week How To Grow Strawberries By Arbor Day Foundation | April 25, 2017 Grown as either a small tree or shrub, the strawberry tree is one of the most attractive specimens available for residential use. The evergreen nature and off-season flowering make this a real find for discriminating gardeners. Check out this guest post from igardenplanting on the benefits of strawberries and the best way to grow them. Planting Strawberries Once you have decided upon the best type and variety of strawberries, it’s time to get to work in the garden and plant them. You don’t need much by the way of expensive garden tools but you do need to know what you’re doing so take the time to inform yourself and read on… Before we outline what to do, a couple of quick videos that we highly recommend you check out. For those of you who prefer to learn by watching rather than reading, finding the best videos can be an overwhelming task. This video is a very short and sweet guide to p..
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