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Garden Variety: The myths and facts about companion planting

Companion planting is a centuries-old practice of planting one or more crops near each other for singular or mutual benefit. New gardeners hearing the term for the first time might wonder which practices are best; experienced gardeners might wonder if it really works. Some companion planting ...

Garden Variety: How bitter cold affects plants — and pests

The bitter cold that accompanied recent winter storms in the Lawrence area will likely have long-lasting effects on certain trees and landscape plantings. And while many gardeners think the silver lining of the cold is a decrease in insect and mite populations, the actual effect is difficult ...

Garden Variety: Flowers’ colorful history as symbols and gifts

Fresh flowers and plants are given as symbols of caring, friendship, love, remembrance and other sentiments. And although this is true year-round, the Society of American Florists says that Valentine’s Day tops the list for sales. Have you ever wondered how flowers became unspoken words, ...

Garden Variety: Should you remove vines from trees?

English ivy, Virginia creeper and other perennial vines are sometimes found growing up the trunks of trees in landscapes and wooded areas. They are more obvious in winter months than other times of year because of the lack of greenery on affected trees. Most experts recommend removing vines ...

Garden Variety: Where — and when — to source your seeds

Seeds for vegetables, herbs, and flowers are available through a variety of sources. Those who are new to the gardening world often ask which source is best, and experienced gardeners often look for sources they might have missed in the past. The best source for your seeds depends on what ...