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Weeds You Can Eat: Bamboo

September 19, 2012

One person’s weed-filled lawn is another person’s salad bar.

This familiar plant, made into everything from floorboards to pajamas, is actually a type of grass. And if anyone near you has ever planted any (it’s actually grown by U.S. farmers in warm climates and even as far north as New England), there’s a good chance some of it will spread…

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Sunflower Varieties For All Occasions

August 15, 2012

Which sunflower varieties are best for your garden?

The Best Sunflowers for the Birds and Bees

‘Giganteus’ produces heads a foot or more across (county fair alert!) on plants growing to 12 feet or more in height. It doesn’t need to be staked and produces pounds of seeds (for you and the birds).

‘Lemon Queen’ is the sunflower chosen by the Great…

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How To Prepare Your Lawn and Garden For Fall

August 6, 2012

Gardening expert Paul James offers advice on fertilizing, seeding and planting.
As fall weather takes hold, you need to change your gardening practices to get your landscape ready for the season ahead. But when do you start? And what should you do? Gardening by the Yard host Paul James offers advice on the intricacies of preparing for autumn:

His first bit…

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A Water-Wise Hamptons Summer

July 18, 2012

Drought. It’s an ominous word that arrives here in the Hamptons. Ever since the National Weather Service reported that Long Island had been suffering the driest winter and spring in 13 years, concerns about water usage and conservation have been part of every thought and conversation on topics from watering the lawn to making a cool glass of iced…

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Tips for Growing an Organic Vegetable Garden

June 11, 2012

Enjoy healthy, tasty, organic vegetables fresh from your garden.
Try these tips for success.
Starting Out Right
For the healthiest plants, make sure you have good growing conditions. For most vegetables, that means full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day). If you have poor soil, amend it with lots of organic matter, such as compost.
Choose Plants Sensibly
Some plants,…

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