How to Grow Plumcots and Pluots

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Plumcots and pluots are interspecific hybrid fruits achieved by crossing plum trees with apricot trees. Walk with us through the orchard as we explore these harmonious combos. Learn all the juicy secrets of these sensational fruit fusions like their history, how to grow and use them, and where to get your own plants.

How to Grow Ornamental Maiden Grass (Japanese Silver Grass)

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Is something missing from your landscape design but you’re not exactly sure what it is? Ornamental maiden grass, aka Japanese silver grass, may be the answer. Tall, dense clumps of long, elegant leaves topped with attractive feathery plumes awaken all the senses and add depth, structure, and scale to the garden.

33 of the Best Plants to Grow Under Black Walnut Trees

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Black walnuts and other landscape trees produce an allelopathic chemical called juglone, which can inhibit the growth of many plants in proximity. In this guide, we reveal 33 plants that are juglone-tolerant and suitable for growing under black walnut trees, including ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Braeburn Apple Trees

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Looking for a new favorite apple tree? ‘Braeburn’ checks all the boxes with its sweet yet tart flavor and crisp yet juicy texture. Plus, it’s easy for home gardeners to grow! Our guide explains this cultivar’s history, the best methods for growing, harvesting, and storing apples, ideas for cooking, and more.

How to Grow and Care for Autumn Joy Sedum (Stonecrop)

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‘Autumn Joy’ sedum is a fall favorite, known for its unique, plump foliage and bursts of pink color in the garden. This article explains everything about its history, how to propagate, grow, and care for it, as well as its uses in the landscape and beyond. Discover more about this hardy plant today!

When and How to Water Pear Trees

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Is your pear tree getting enough water? Are you wondering if you should irrigate? This article covers everything about irrigation including the best methods, timing, and factors to determine the unique needs of your tree. Learn about conservation strategies, new tech gadgets to help, and some bonus tips and tricks.

How to Grow ‘Chet’s Italian Red’ Garlic

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‘Chet’s Italian Red’ is a softneck garlic that brings less heat to the table than other types. Its subtle flavor is a nice change from that classic spicy kick. Discovered in Washington State, this easy to grow, low maintenance variety is definitely worth seeking out. Learn more about it in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Transplant Asparagus

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Is your asparagus crowded or underperforming? Wondering if you can move it? This article covers all you need to know about asparagus crowns and transplanting asparagus including selecting the best site, soil preparation, digging and dividing, and the gradual planting method, as well as watering and fertilizing.

Benefits of Black Garlic and How to Use It

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The flavor of black garlic isn’t as strong as that of fresh or cooked garlic, and it’s packed with healthy compounds! Uncover the secrets of black garlic including its history, how to make it, and where to buy some. Discover its unique culinary characteristics and how to use it, with some fun recipes to try. Read more.

How to Grow Peach Trees in Containers

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Wondering if you can grow peaches on a balcony or in a small space? Try planting a peach tree in a container! This article explains everything from choosing the right tree to how to plant and care for it. Learn about the best container size and material, how to mix your own potting soil, and when to fertilize and repot.

How to Divide and Transplant Salvia

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If you’re in love with your salvia but it’s looking a little tired and overgrown, we can help. Learn how to divide salvia plants and the best time of year to do it. Discover helpful steps for successful transplanting and a few bonus tips for caring for your salvia, including pruning and overwintering. Read more now.

Pear Tree Lifespan: How Long Do These Trees Live?

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Pear trees are known for their longevity and can live surprisingly long lives. If you want to plant a pear tree, or learn how to care for one, this article talks about factors that determine their survival, and offers insightful ideas you can implement to give your pear tree the best chance at a long and healthy life.

How to Use Anise as a Spice

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Anise is more than a decorative annual herb. It heats up the palate with a warm black licorice flavor. This article covers all the culinary secrets of anise including history, where to buy, harvesting, and storing. Learn about the flavor profile, which foods and spices to pair it with, and some fun recipes to try.