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How To Create A Stunning Combination Planter

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Creating a great combination planter seems simple; pick a bunch of plants that you like and put them together, right? Yes…and no. Here are some tips on creating some great mixed planters, including some very winning combinations! If you already have a container to plant in, measure it before you go shopping. If you don’t have a planter, consider what styl[...]

Backyard Berry Growing

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By P. Allen Smith   o my delight, growing your own food has become increasingly popular in recent years. More and more backyard gardens are springing to life as the trend grows, and my research shows berry plants are one of the top selections.     Fortunately, berries are easy to grow and don’t require much space. With a lit[...]

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,[...]

Final Thought

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may recall, Dear Reader, that last month we talked about how popular running has become among women. I mentioned a report that women made up 57 percent of the finishers in running events in 2013 and 2014. By contrast, they made up merely 25 percent of race finishers in 1990. Then I ran out of space and was unable to work in some comments from a longtime [...]