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Noticing What’s Around Us

Noticing What’s Around Us

Report From PIA – July 31 As I help people with their landscapes, one of the problems that comes up repeatedly is their dreadful watering practices. No, I’m not going to mince words: the way most people water is insufficient but wasteful, and bad for plants. In...
The View From Afar

The View From Afar

Report From PIA – July 30 Yesterday Karla, who blogs at Gardendaze, commented that my vegetable garden looks great. While I appreciate the compliment, let’s be honest: be they close-ups or longshots, photographs don’t show everything. You can’t see the weeds or...
Of Snakes and Solutions

Of Snakes and Solutions

Report From PIA – July 29 We went out to pick tomatoes tonight and found a snake that was caught in the netting. Crows had been feasting on the first fruits, so we covered the plants last week. I’m partial to how the green netting looks, and it’s very effective...
Is This Really A Problem?

Is This Really A Problem?

Report From PIA – July 28 I was joking around with a friend on facebook today, and in a fit of silliness suggested a new garden product: Plantbrella. Perfect for those hydrangeas that are wilting under the hot, summer sun! In rainy areas, Plantbrella would help...
Planting, Tweaking & Weeding

Planting, Tweaking & Weeding

Report From PIA – July 27 In this area, some people view Memorial Day as some sort of magical gardening date…they want all their landscaping to be done by the end of May. In contrast, devoted gardeners will be planting, tweaking and weeding throughout the...
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