‘Wood so dense it doesn’t float’

Friday, August 19, 2016

The almost-mythical lignum vitae tree is surprisingly easy to grow. It suffers from a reputation as slow growing and hard to find, but this native is easily incorporated into landscaping and gardens.

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Roadside weeds: Sow ’em, don’t mow ’em

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The trend towards maintaining roadside habitats is gaining momentum globally. Florida must follow suit.

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Seminole pumpkin: the veggie that can stand the heat

Saturday, June 18, 2016

One of the few plants of its type that can endure the heat, humidity and inundation of a South Florida summer, the Seminole pumpkin offers another benefit: You can eat it.

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Inexpensive garden fun with hypertufa pots

Friday, May 13, 2016

Always on the lookout for quality plant pots that don’t cost a fortune? Making your own is cheap, fun and easy. You may never buy one again after trying this method for simulating aged, weathered alpine plant pots.

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Spring garden task: to repot or not

Saturday, April 23, 2016

There are good reasons for repotting your plants about now, and only one of them is to give your fast growers a larger home. Take the time now, as plants are gearing up for a summer growth spurt.

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Using nature to heal mind and body

Thursday, March 24, 2016

John Muir and Henry David Thoreau knew it. The Japanese call it “forest bathing,” using exposure to nature to heal physical and emotional ailments. Research is backing up what we’ve known intuitively all along: Nature heals.

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A shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day: What is it, exactly?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Shamrocks and clovers represent different things to different people, but are they one and the same? Like many common names, shamrock and clover turn out to refer to many different species of plants. For St. Patrick’s Day, let’s take a stab at straightening out the confusion.

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How to make a green valentine

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Make a green Valentine’s Day wreath this season. Green in both the literal and figurative sense, this decoration of air plants is alive, requires little to no care, is cheap to make, and has no packaging to discard. Plus, no trips to the mall are necessary when you gather most supplies from your yard — and as the wreath matures, it produces more plants.

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Plants provide chocolate for all the senses

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Here in South Florida, even outdoors, it is possible to grow the tropical tree from which chocolate derives. But you’ll need an awful lot of cacao trees to harvest enough fruit to actually make chocolate. Don’t despair, though, as there are other botanical opportunities for bringing chocolate into your life.

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Cranberry hibiscus

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cranberry hibiscus possesses a rare combination of beauty, utility and edibility. Once established, this tropical hibiscus requires little to no tending or irrigation, is a landscaping standout, and is edible.

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