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Garden

Embracing native plants doesn’t have to be all or nothing

As home gardeners become more educated about the role native plants play in the ecosystem — and their importance to pollinators, wildlife and humans — many are turning to “rewilding.” The term refers to a landscaping approach that depends on the use of native plants to sustain insects, ...

How to prepare for drought in advance

METRO — Drought is becoming a more frequent problem. According to NASA, the last 20 years have produced some of the driest conditions in the American west on record. When drought occurs, it is now more severe and pervasive than it once was, which underscores the importance of planning for ...

Growing Tips: Rhubarb: A family tradition

The rhubarb plants growing in my garden are older than I am. They have been in our family for generations, and we treasure them for the delicious desserts we make from their stalks and for the fond memories they bring. Rhubarb is technically a vegetable but is often referred to as a fruit. ...

Gardening success means avoiding these common mistakes

Much of gardening is learned by trial and error — for many, mostly error. Planting a shade-lover in full sun isn’t likely to breed success, nor is letting your emotions run rampant at the nursery. But we’ve all been there, and the good news is we can learn from others’ mistakes as ...

Do we have to separate you two? Best, worst companion plants

We gardeners spend so much time stressing over what our plants need that we often forget they grew just fine for millennia without us. Suppose we step back from our self-aggrandizing human nature and take our cues from actual nature instead? That would save time, money and the environment by ...

Doug and Dorothy Stoner awarded Dogwood Circle’s Garden of the Month

May winners of Dogwood Circle’s Garden of the Month award are Doug and Dorothy Stoner, 509 E. Guardlock Drive in Lock Haven. The Stoner’s property was nicely landscaped and maintained when they moved in six years ago. Since then, Doug has added flowers — hosta, lilies, peony, iris, ...