Author archives: P. Allen Smith

P. Allen Smith: Growing Pears

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Apples have always been more popular than pears. I’ve often wondered if Eve had eaten a pear instead of an apple would that still be the case? Photography courtesy of USA Pears   the poor pear may not be associated with Christendom, like apples, they can be baked in tarts, preserved in jars, or paired with cheese and eaten raw. And this time of ye[...]

P. Allen Smith: Fall Lawn Care Tips

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There’s something about fall that energizes me to get out and garden again after enduring our long, hot summers. Photography by Mark Fonville   the cool breezes start to blow at nightfall, they bring with them a calming sense of renewal. The grass starts to green up again, fall-blooming perennials load up with buds ready to burst, and my vegetable[...]

P. Allen Smith: Perennials & Pests

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The heat of summer is surely upon us, isn’t it, friends? Photography by Suzanne Selby   we may not feel motivated to get outdoors and garden this month, it’s a good time to enjoy the fruits of our spring labor. When August rolls around, I am always thankful I’ve taken the time to plant some fabulous perennials and shrubs that turn into real showst[...]

P. Allen Smith: Garden Maintenance

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This month, I’m dedicating my column to answering some of the most common gardening questions that come in to us this time of year.   love hearing from our gardening friends who connect with us online and visit us at Moss Mountain Farm to see firsthand how we manage our flower, fruit, vegetable and rose gardens. Q: Watering my flowers and shrubs[...]

P. Allen Smith: Homegrown Berries

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Visit any farmers’ market this month, and you are sure to see quarts of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries lined up on tables, ready for buyers to take home.   find these fruits absolutely irresistible, and the only way they taste better than what’s available from local farmers is when I can eat them fresh out of the garden. Thanks to new[...]

P. Allen Smith: Container Gardens

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I’m only answering one question this month, but it’s a hot topic: designing container gardens to withstand a typical Arkansas summer. Photography by Jane Colclasure and Mark Fonville   you braved the garden centers yet? Things began to get hectic in early March, and now shoppers are hitting the nurseries full tilt before summer arrives in earnest,[...]

P. Allen Smith: Daffodils

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This month I’m dedicating my column to my favorite harbinger of spring: the daffodil. Photography by Mark Fonville and Hortus LTD     a signature bloom at Moss Mountain Farm where we have planted more than 300,000 bulbs. Even when March weather is being fickle — balmy one day and snowing the next — I can always count on the sunny faces of daffodils t[...]

P. Allen Smith: Q&A - Planning for Spring

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Raise your garden glove if you are ready for spring! Photography by Jane Colclasure and Mark Fonville   love all the seasons, but by January I’m itching to get my hands in the soil to start gardening. While I might not be able to do any digging this month, I can plan so I’m ready to go on those sporadic warms days we typically experience in Februa[...]