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Jennifer Smith

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Garden Variety: Bonsai basics
December 17, 2014
Culturing bonsai takes more than a green thumb: The ancient art requires patience, skill and a keen recognition of nature. Bonsai is worth a try (or several), though, as a properly tended specimen will provide its owner with beauty for a hundred years or more.
Garden Variety: Topping harmful to trees
December 10, 2014
Tree experts and professional arborists have agreed for decades that the pruning practice known as topping is detrimental to trees, but it continues to happen across the country and right here in Douglas County.
Garden Variety: 10 creative gift ideas for the gardener in your life
December 3, 2014
If you have a gardener to shop for this holiday season, there are many more creative options than the amaryllis bulb gift sets and windowsill herb planters available at many mass retailers. Here are the top 10 ideas to score big with a gardener.
Garden Variety: Curious about cranberries
November 26, 2014
Cranberries, or something that vaguely resembles the shiny red fruits, will grace many holiday tables this season, but few people know how the fruit earned its place of honor at the harvest table.
Garden Variety: Colorful corn
November 19, 2014
Fall decorations have a little more sparkle thanks to Glass Gem corn, a variety that has been making waves the last two years.
Garden Variety: Burn local firewood before spring
November 12, 2014
Fall’s cooler weather means area residents are picking up bundles of firewood for their stoves, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, chimineas and even a little late season camping. There are a couple of things to look for to ensure that the firewood you are purchasing is pest-free.
Garden Variety: Beware of oak leaf itch mites
November 5, 2014
Oak trees in and around Lawrence are reportedly dropping more than acorns and leaves this fall, and individuals who plan to spend time outdoors should be on the lookout.
Garden Variety: 7 uses for the overlooked acorn
October 29, 2014
Ask a forester what tree to plant for strength, pest resistance and versatility, and the answer will almost always be an oak. Yes, they produce acorns, but in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, plant the oak anyway. When the acorns arrive in autumn seasons to come, try these overlooked uses to make the nuts a little less of a nuisance.
Garden Variety: Easy-to-grow sweet potatoes
October 23, 2014
Lawrence area educators, farmers and businesses are teaming up to celebrate a vegetable worthy of a month-long party: the sweet potato.
Garden Variety: Hackberry pests move indoors with cool temperatures
October 15, 2014
As the trees begin to show their autumn hues and squirrels rush to stash away their bounty, a few creatures in the garden are looking for good winter homes.

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