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Rosalind Creasy Recommends—Best Edibles among the Flowers

I love the unexpected look of vegetables growing with ornamentals. Several years ago when we visited Paris, I found many public gardens featured a riot of cabbages, lettuces and colorful beets, all corralled by classic clipped boxwood hedges. Fun. Yet, my own efforts to plant this way have been disastrous. Last year, I boldly grew […]

They’re Tough and They’re Roses Too

What plants would you guess might survive if your garden had been covered by 20 feet of salt water for two weeks? When Louisiana gardener,, surveyed her garden in the wake of hurricane Katrina, she found one rose and one crinum still alive. That rose, a vigorous, thornless climber, continues to be smothered by medium-pink […]

Gardening is ‘good for your health’

Cultivating crops in a garden or greenhouse is good for people's wellbeing, it has been claimed. According to Health.com, working in an outside space can be a good way of relieving stress, with scientific studies providing the evidence to back this up. The publication pointed out that recent research conducted in the Netherlands found that […]

Beat the shade ‘with a few simple steps’

Too much shade can be a problem for many greenhouse and gardening enthusiasts, but one expert has outlined ways to stop this becoming an issue in the first place. According to Wayne Kessler on aNewsCafe.com, there are a couple of simple steps that everyone can take to make sure they are not depriving their plants […]

Syracuse Grows ‘working hard for the community’

A community gardening group in Syracuse is educating children and helping people in the area put food on the table, it has been revealed. Syracuse Grows is a grassroots coalition of individuals working together to cultivate a just foodscape across the city of Syracuse, Diverse Education reports. The group came into being as a result […]

Oregon’s “rock star of gardening” dies at 69

One of Oregon's best-loved gardening gurus has died at the age of 69. Known to her fans at the "rock star of gardening", Dulcy Mahar's weekly Oregonian column was a big favourite with greenhouse enthusiasts and her fans flocked to see her at shows, the Oregonian reports. Dulcy's own garden in Portland's Garthwick neighborhood always […]

Most important gardening numbers revealed

Gardening may seem like an inexact science to many, but these days nothing could be further from the truth, according to one writer. In an article for Florida 's Herald Tribune, Linda Brandt has revealed some of the most important numbers for greenhouse and gardening enthusiasts to bear in mind. First of all, it is […]