Jennifer Smith

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Garden Variety: Creating amazing containers
May 2, 2015
Container plantings offer an opportunity to wow visitors, brighten up the porch or patio, and provide spring-fall color to the landscape. Creating these amazing displays them is simpler than it sounds – just follow a few simple tips to get gorgeous flower combinations for any setting.
Garden Variety: Check out some seeds at the library
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Gardeners in and around Douglas County have two new resources this spring. The Lawrence Public Library and the Baldwin City Library have opened seed libraries within their facilities to make seeds more accessible to area residents and facilitate the process of seed sharing within the community.
Garden Variety: Now’s the time to plant asparagus
April 18, 2015
The modern conveniences of grocery stores and worldwide shipping make it easy to get almost any kind of produce any time of year, but some fruits and veggies, including asparagus, just taste better when picked up fresh and local.
Garden Variety: Options to cover bare spots on your lawn
12:00 a.m., April 11, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Now that the garden is coming back to life, bare spots in the lawn and landscape are painfully obvious again. Here are some options for those difficult sites.
Garden Variety: Celebrating tulips
12:00 a.m., April 4, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
Tulips are one of the surest signs of spring, emerging just after cheery yellow daffodils and just before the bulk of the landscape spreads its leaves.
Garden Variety: Organic fertilizer options
March 28, 2015
Gardeners who want to grow organically face a few extra challenges when selecting fertilizer, although with a little extra care the nutrients that plants need can still be provided at a reasonable cost. The biggest challenges are understanding the need for fertilization (or lack of), recognizing organic sources, and deciphering the supply chain.
Garden Variety: The benefits of gardening using fabric containers
March 20, 2015
Fabric planting containers may seem like just the latest trend in the garden center, but they truly offer gardeners a better option for container gardening than the traditional plastic, clay and other pots out there.
Garden Variety: How to help out honey bees
12:00 a.m., March 14, 2015 Updated 08:43 p.m.
Anyone who likes to eat should care about honey bees.
Garden Variety: Garden plot preparation
March 7, 2015
With spring right around the corner, the upcoming warmer days are a great time to start a new garden or get an old one ready for planting.
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.

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