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This is article that was written and published a couple of years ago. By Debbie Roland, Compost Specialist Companion planting is a good way to increase the flavor or deter pests.   Here are a few examples of how and what to plant together. Beans and peas increase nitrogen in soil and can be sown for harvest or as a cover crop.  Don’t pull the plants out when the season is over, simply dig them back into the soil to replace nitrogen.  Swiss chard, k Continue Reading...

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Frank Wells Master Gardener and Certified Consulting Rosarian   Legend says, Valentine's Day originated during the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed marriage for young men. A young priest named Valentine was furious and defied Claudius by continuing to perform weddings in secret. Claudius eventually discovered this and sentenced him to death. During his time in jail, Valentine fell Continue Reading...

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IT'S CHRISTMAS! Carol Siddall, Master Gardener   It is Christmas Time!  The most wonderful time of the year.  For a gardener, December does not mean we don't have any new plants in the home.  Two of my favorites that I have are many Christmas Cacti and an Amaryllis or two.  Both are easy to grow and they help add to the Christmas spirit. The Christmas Cactus is a long lived plant with flat, segmented stems.  Most of the year its appearance is fairly unassuming.  Around Christmas Continue Reading...

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Coral Vine

Coral Vine ( Antigonon leptopus ) By Barbara Craig       I’ve never understood why this beautiful vine is called “coral vine” because it is definitely PINK, a deep, hot pin Continue Reading...

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Wallflower—Erysimum pureum (Bowles Mauve) By Pat Adams   Wallflower is in the mustard family. I have the yellow one also but it has just started blooming. The leaves are grey-green with clusters of fragrant purple flowers. The fragrance is heavenly and when the sun shines on it or if a breeze blows over it you can smell it without being near the plant. It is especially fragrant at night. It is classified as a perennial but often grown as a biennial or annual. It is not picky about Continue Reading...

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