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    Planting and Pruning Roses

    In the May/June 2010 issue of Fine Gardening , rose grower Paul Zimmerman reveals the secrets of growing these lovely but often frustrating shrubs. These videos will help you as…

  • Potting Soil Recipe for Woody Plants and Perennials
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    Potting Soil Recipe for Woody Plants and Perennials

    The Recipe 1 part peat moss 1 part composted bark 1 part compost 1 part sand 1 part perlite If the mix clumps together and the compost you use is…

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    Planting Garlic

    We're pretty sure that once you taste homegrown garlic, you'll never again be satisfied with the mass-produced commercial varieties found in supermarkets. And garlic is ridiculously easy to grow. In…

  • Root Pruning Container Plants
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    Root Pruning Container Plants

    If your container plant is rootbound—or just growing a little too vigorously for your liking—it may be a candidate for a process called root pruning. Watch as Lee Reich, author…

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    How to Plant Peonies

    Peonies are among the most beloved herbaceous plants, but they can also be one of the most frustrating. It's not unusual for many gardeners to complain about their absence of…

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    Planting Ornamentals (Bare Root)

    Planting the right way can be the difference in a plant's survival. All too often we quickly dig a hole, plop in the plant, then kick dirt around it. No…

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    How to Plant a Balled-and-Burlapped Tree

    Planting the right way can be the difference in a plant's survival. All too often we quickly dig a hole, plop in the plant, then kick dirt around it. No…

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    Planting Ornamentals (Container-Grown)

    Planting the right way can be the difference in a plant's survival. All too often we quickly dig a hole, plop in the plant, then kick dirt around it. No…