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Entries Tagged as 'Garden Variety'

The books of summer

July 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Garden Variety

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Visit any retail store, and the displays will try and convince you that summer is nearly over with bikinis on sale, school clothes front and center. But according to my calendar, summer still has two months to run. Still time to squeeze in some relaxed reading with feet up and iced […]

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Summer gardening tips and tricks

July 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Garden Variety

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Summer is here…and the livin’ is easy. And that’s how it should be in your garden too. Personally, I’ve got too many barbecues and concerts to attend to waste time with a bunch of recalcitrant, sulky plants. So here are a few ideas to help you relax and enjoy the season […]

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Be a detective to keep your plants healthy

June 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Garden Variety

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Sunday morning my husband discovered me splayed next to the vegetable bed, my head at an unnatural angle. Fortunately, I was neither the victim of foul play nor too much partying at the Hollywood Bowl (Beach Boys rock!). No, I was merely inspecting the tomatoes.

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It’s time for tomatoes!

April 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Garden Variety

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Around the beginning of April, people greet me not with “Hey, Jenny!” but with “What kind of tomato should I plant?” We’ll get to that in just a minute. First, though, let’s address the issue of plant selection. All of us gravitate to the plant brimming with little yellow blossoms. After […]

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Curl up with a good gardening catalog

December 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Garden Variety

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist For those who live where winter means cold, snow and unworkable ground, garden catalogs are the tangible hope of the spring to come. While the earth slumbers under a blanket of snow, armchair gardeners are hard at work plotting their next crop. But what value do these catalogs have for us, […]

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