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Features (Gardening)

     The famous quotation about the certainties of life that includes death and taxes should also mention weeds. They are sprouting up all over. Even the most meticulously tended landscapes are not immune.
 
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Freshly dug potatoes from your ­garden will spoil you

      Visiting Provence, France, many years ago, I was overwhelmed by the potatoes in the farmers markets. I saw so many beautiful varieties of potatoes, including bright red ones, soft pink ones, dark blue, lavender, yellow and all shades of brown. As well as colors, potatoes come in many shapes, including petite tubular potatoes known as fingerlings. Today you can find many of these different varieties in most grocery stores.
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Growing of the green will add cheer to damp, cold March 

      I remember as a kid sitting in a field of clover searching for one with lucky four leaves. Finding one never failed to make me feel like I was about to come upon a pot of gold.
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Get actively involved in growing a healthy organic vegetable garden 

     When I started writing this column, my challenge to everyone: reach for the Blue Zone and live a happier, longer life. Part of Blue Zone living entails growing your own food organically, without the use of chemicals harmful to you and to the environment. By doing so, you’ll better understand the intricacies of nature and the role good gardening practices play in protecting our planet....

Starting from seed can transform your vegetable garden

     Early March is a great time to start your tomato seeds. It will make you feel like spring isn’t too far away. Tomato seeds need 70- to 75-degree temperatures, shallow planting (one-eighth-inch deep) to germinate and sunlight once they’re up. After they get their second set of true leaves, you can transplant them to larger containers.
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Start seeds now for early cool-weather vegetables and flowers 

      Opening my mailbox this time of year results in armloads of colorful seed catalogs. My head gets dizzy with visions of flowers and vegetables swirling before me as a new growing season looms.
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Create wild places, and wildlife will come

      My home is on the edge of a forest with many old oaks and tall loblolly pines. There are also many native shrubs and perennials in a hundred-year flood plain. Beaver Creek meanders through the flood plain before running into Severn Run, which becomes the headwaters of the Severn River.
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For Valentine’s Day, make a tussie-mussie filled with floral meaning

     Roses are red, dilly dilly, lavender is blue, dilly dilly, but a tussie-mussie made just for you is very special.
      Tight little circular nosegays were extremely popular in Victorian days. They were made in the language of flowers with each sprig having a specific meaning such as love, good luck or condolence.
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There’s nothing funny about the health benefits of eating fungi

      A bowl of creamy mushroom soup is a great soother in winter’s cold. Mushrooms are good for your immune system as well as for flavor. They help to strengthen your body against colds, flu and more.
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