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Bulbs, weeds and varmints welcome spring

Today marks the official opening of spring, but gardeners in the Poconos knew it was spring even before they met the first robin of the season. We did set a record yesterday, and gardeners are thanking their lucky spades for what’s come so far.   Barb Daskal said her crocuses have been blooming since Feb. 27 [...]

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All of my favorite perennials

This morning I made my annual trip to my favorite garden center. I spent two minutes picking tomatoes and cucumbers and ½ hours perusing the perennials. What a blast!   I had planned to buy a pussy willow bush for the new shrub row I’m putting where we had to remove trees in the winter. [...]

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The long winter dirt nap

This year the dahlias in the front garden looked so much better than the ones in the back garden. The difference wasn’t the amount of sun. It was the dirt. Or soil, as the fancy gardeners call it. I didn’t realize just how bad the dirt was until we dug the bulbs out this week [...]

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Finally caught up with the garden

It took me all summer, but my garden is finally in shape. Just in time for frost.   OK, I still have weeds, but it’s actually at the point where I am not embarrassed to invite people to see the garden.   The dahlias are about a week or so behind last year. We’ve only [...]

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A new encounter with the weed monster

Three-day weekends are just made for gardening. Now, if you’ve kept up with gardening on a regular basis, you probably had a picnic this weekend.   I didn’t and therefore, the most I could hope for was a weed pulling party. Without the beer. Isn’t it amazing how we had almost no rain this year, [...]

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Where did my butterfly go?

I have been on a weed-pulling mission. Every chance I get I go out and try to clear an area. After several exhausting sessions I finally made it to the perennials I planted last year. I planted monarda and they multiplied. Not as fast as the dandelions, but they did multiply. As I kept going, [...]

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57 varieties of weeds

I spent the weekend following an age-old May tradition. Not talking about the Kentucky Derby, but the marathon process of pulling weeds from the garden.   Alas, they are everywhere. We have the  common dandelion, Canada thistle,  possibly lambsquarters  and many to be named if I ever really get bored. I know I’m not the only [...]

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