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Steve Aitken

Steve Aitken is the Editor-in-Chief at Fine Gardening magazine.

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    Is Plant Passion a Problem? | Letter from the Editor

    I’m not saying I have an obsession with ground covers, but I am certainly very passionate about them. Of course, it is someone else’s fault, the guilty parties in this…

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    The Collector’s Trap – Letter from the Editor

    My wife was stunned when I told her I wasn’t a plant collector, at least not like Frank Fitzgerald, whose beautiful garden was featured in Issue #188 of Fine Gardening…

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    South: April Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Prune spring-flowering shrubs soon after they finish flowering, but only if they need it. Selectively cut old or unruly branches by reaching deeply into the shrub, leaving no visible stub.…

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    Edible Garden – Better Tomatoes

    When it comes to growing tomatoes, everyone wants to grow the first, the biggest, and the most. And while growing tomatoes isn’t that hard, numerous pitfalls and setbacks can beset…

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    Announcing Fine Gardening All Access

    Gardening is all about the passion. The pure joy of growing a seed into a thriving plant, the sensory overload of your garden in bloom, the joy of sharing an…

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    Preview: What Chartreuse Can Do For You

    Chartreuse is the strawberry ice cream of the garden. Everybody knows what the three most common ice cream flavors are. First, there is vanilla, which pairs with just about anything.…

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    A Border Worth Waiting For

    If the only thing “fall color” means to you is that it’s time to get out your rake, you are missing what can be the best season in the garden.…

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    Preview: Create a Garden Experience

    Some gardens are tableaus, living paintings that one walks by and looks at, like some sort of marvelous billboard. There might even be another tableau right across from it, which…

  • How-To

    How to Split Bamboo

    There are many ways to provide support to your climbers. In this video, you'll learn how to replicate a very cool and imaginative trellis idea found in the article "8 Cool…

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    Red-Hot Pokers are Now Cool Enough For Me

    I have always thought red-hot pokers (Kniphofia spp. and cvs., Zones 6-9) were striking plants. Their unique flowers always draw attention, but they were always orange, or shades of it. I…