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Tips for organizing seeds from Pooh Bear and me

“Organizing is something you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” ~ A.A. Milne (1882-1956), “Winnie-the-Pooh” As a young child, I loved listening to Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and even today I cherish my little book of Pooh Bear’s witticisms. I agree that organization is a worthy [...]

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SPF and UPF – What’s the difference?

I mentioned in this week’s column (January 1, 2017) that my top-priority garden goal this year is to protect my skin. I’ve recently undergone  surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma from the tip of my nose and another surgery to reconstruct the tip. Definitely not the way I would have liked to spend my winter [...]

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Caring for winter-worthy plants

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” ~Andrew Wyeth, American artist, 1917-2009  Winter doesn’t have to look and feel lonely and dead, though. In Sunday’s column (Oct. 30, 2017), [...]

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Autumn’s beauty captured in seeds

“Touch-me-not seed vessels…go off like pistols on the slightest touch, and so suddenly and energetically that they always startle you, though you are expecting it. They shoot their seed like shot.”~ Henry David Thoreau, “The Dispersal of Seeds,” c.a. 1856 In this week’s column, I wrote about fall as the beginning point for plant life [...]

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Great garden reads for flower gardens and container gardens

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher and orator (106-43 B.C.E) This week, I offered some suggestions for fall and wintertime reading to spark your gardening imagination (“Garden of the Mind: 25 Tips for Winter Garden Imagining,” Oct. 16, 2016). In addition, I [...]

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More ideas for winter gardening: Propagating from cuttings

“Propagation is a fascinating subject and is well worth taking up for the sheer interest and enjoyment that it provides.” ~ Alan Toogood, “Plant Propagation Made Easy,” 1993 I’ve been writing about different ways to garden during the wintertime, and propagating plants from cuttings is yet another way to continue our horticultural endeavors throughout the [...]

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Fall and winter gardening in a hotbed

“Winter is not a season; it’s an occupation.” ~ Sinclair Lewis, “The Job,” 1917 If gardening will be one of your wintertime occupations, there are several ways to ensure that your plants don’t become too cold, even if you do. (See “Undercover gardening: Mysteries revealed, Oct. 2, 2016 for my discussion of cold frames and [...]

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Are you an ecological gardener? Ask yourself these 5 questions!

“Imagine a garden that never has pests, never needs digging, doesn’t need to be rested in winter, has no need for crop rotation, has virtually no weeds, needs very little water, and practically looks after itself. ” ~ Jonathan White, creator of Food4Wealth Australian horticulturalist and environmental scientist Jonathan White says we can all have [...]

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An assessment of my backyard’s feng shui

I’m not sure this is true, but I do know that feng shui principles include balanced use of the five natural elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. One way to assess our garden’s feng shui is to identify these elements and determine if they are in balance. Here’s an assessment of my backyard landscape [...]

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Register now for the 18th annual garden symposium

“A garden is half-made when it is well planned. The best gardener is the one who does the most gardening by the winter fire. ~ Liberty Hyde Bailey, (1854-1954), author and co-founder of the American Society for Horticultural Science The 2016 Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens Symposium, hosted by the Jackson County Master Gardener Association, will offer [...]

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    Rhonda Nowak

    Rhonda Nowak is a Rogue Valley gardener, writer and teacher. With more than 25 years of gardening experience and a Ph.D. in literature and language arts education, she combines a love for plants, poetry, and prose in her Literary Gardener blog. ... Full Profile
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