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How to Grow: Cleome

Cleome hasslerana Other Name spider flower   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early summer until fall in colors such as white, pink, lavender and rose   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 6 feet x 12 to 18 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Cleome or spider flower is often overlooked as a seedling in garden centers because of its nondescript, almost weedy, appearance. However, once established in the flower garden, cleome puts on a...

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How to Grow: Clown Flower

Torenia fournieri   Other Name wishbone flower   Sun Requirements part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color early summer to fall in colors such as red, violet, purple, white and bicolor   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 12 inches x 6 to 9 inches   Added Benefits attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant   If you want an annual to flower in the shade in New England, this is one most gardeners overlook. Torenia or clown flower is a low growing, mounded annual flower that produces tubular blooms in variety of flower colors. Often the...

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How to Grow: Coleus

Coleus Solenostemon scutellariodes   Other Name painted leaf   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun, part shade, full shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Summer, but mostly grown for the colorful leaves which come in shades and combinations of cream, green, burgundy, pink, white and yellow   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 24 inches x 12 to 18 inches   Added Benefits fall color   Coleus have become the darlings of the annual shade gardens. Since they're grown mostly for the colorful leaves, there's no need to wait for the...

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How to Grow: Companion Planting

Learn about companion planting, including what plants grow well next to other plants and which to avoid. Listen to Podcast: Gardening is known for its folklore. Some of these old wives tales have some truth to them and others, not so much. I often get asked about companion planting for insect control. Although many say plants such as onions, marigolds and rue can deter pests, scientifically, few of these folklore remedies have been proven. It might happen that you get fewer pests on your tomatoes if onions are growing nearby, but that may...

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How to Grow: Container Options for Edibles

When I first started gardening the container choices were usually clay or flimsy green plastic pots. A lot has changed. By using containers made from a variety of different materials, you can be match your pot with plants, furniture and even house siding. And these pots no longer just sit on the ground. Vertical gardening has elevated the pot experience to railings, walls and ceilings. For the most success, I try to match the right pot material with the right edible plant. For example, clay pots are known to breathe and dry out easily. For...

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How to Grow: Controlling Flea Beetles

Listen to this podcast on how to identify and control spring weeds organically. There's nothing more discouraging than working hard prepping your vegetable garden soil, making beds and sowing seeds, only to find as soon as the little plants emerge they get eaten by insects. One of the worst culprits this time of year is flea beetles. These small, black beetles literally hop when disturbed, hence the common name. This also makes it hard to catch and kill them. You'll notice their activity on radishes, kale, and arugula seedlings as they...

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How to Grow: Cosmos

Cosmos bipinnatus   Other Name Mexican aster   Sun Requirements full sun to part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid summer to fall in colors of red, violet, orange, white and pink   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 2 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, drought tolerant   Cosmos are easy to grow, tall annual flowers that feature airy foliage and cup-shaped flowers that flow in the breeze. The foliage almost resembles asparagus while the flowers can be single or double petaled. Cosmos look great planted in groups,...

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How to Grow: Designing a Container Garden

Learn to design and care for a container garden including plant selection, best pots, soil and maintenance techniques. Designing a Container Flower Garden Today I want to show you how to design a container flower garden. Containers can be used to create gardens in almost any location whether it be a balcony, deck, patio, on a rooftop or right in the garden. What you need to have is the right pot for the right plant. As long as it is sturdy enough to hold the soil and plants and has drainage holes it can be used as a flower pot. In fact,...

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How to Grow: Edible Flowers

Learn about edible flowers, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: On this week's Vermont Garden Journal on Vermont Public Radio, Charlie profiles edible flowers. There are many varieties to choose from that are good for salads, drinks, stir fries, soups and desserts. Charlie delves into the history of edible blossoms and discusses the best methods for preparing floral foods. Tune in Friday evening and Saturday morning for more about edible flowers on the Vermont Garden Journal on Vermont Public Radio. When someone sees a...