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Jennifer Smith

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Garden Variety: The right way to prune grapevines
February 28, 2015
Just like the informal communication system, the grapevines growing in your backyard can get a little unruly if left to their own devices.
Garden Variety: Spring vegetable seeding and planting calendar
February 21, 2015
Garden centers are starting to gear up for spring, and some of the first things to hit the shelves are seeds and their companion starting kits.
Garden Variety: Grow your own pineapple
February 13, 2015
If you are ready for a fun winter gardening project, try growing your own pineapple plant. The process to get one started is simple, and the bragging rights over the homegrown fruit are priceless.
Garden Variety: Kaw Valley Seed Fair offers chance to grow planting options
10:59 p.m., February 6, 2015 Updated 10:58 p.m.
Before catalogs and garden centers put hundreds of choices at gardeners’ and farmers’ fingertips, seeds were saved back each year to produce the following year’s crop. But if you only grew a few species, how could you add diversity to your garden or crops? Perhaps the easiest way was to trade with a friend or neighbor.
Garden Variety: Companion plantings can help deter insects
January 30, 2015
Ask an experienced vegetable gardener about companion plantings, and you are likely to get one side of a story.
Garden Variety: 5 essential garden tools
January 23, 2015
Whether you are gardening for the first time this season or a seasoned professional, having the right tool can make any garden chore easier.
Garden Variety: Protect your home from winter bugs
January 17, 2015
Insects likely find your home as inviting as you do, and the various species of moths and beetles that enjoy plant materials may also make their way into your kitchen.
Garden Variety: Witch hazel adds color to your winter garden
12:00 a.m., January 10, 2015 Updated 09:53 p.m.
Gardeners often talk of season-long color and interest in their gardens, but many feel limited with ornamental grasses, colorful fruits, and decorative bark as the only options for sprucing up the landscape in winter.
Garden Variety: Resolutions for gardeners
January 2, 2015
The arrival of a new year for many people means making goals for personal and professional improvement. For gardeners, here are a few ideas for the resolution list.
Garden Variety: Feeding birds in winter
December 25, 2014
Birds fend for themselves very well, but providing a little extra food for them in the winter can be an entertaining hobby for nature and bird enthusiasts.

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