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House Plants for the Soul

House Plants for the Soul

By on 10 September, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

What a world! What a world!  What a world! In this messed-up world — and this horrible drought we are in, bring yourself some joy with house plants. The green in your home will soothe your soul. Some people feel that they must wait for someone to be ill or die before they can have […]

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Maintaining the Future

Maintaining the Future

By on 6 August, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 1 Comment

HOT!  That is what I have to say about gardening this week.  Do as little as possible right now.  This is not the time to be digging and planting in your garden, but to enjoy what you planted months ago…and maybe pluck the occasional weed or two.  Maintenance, which includes watering, mowing, edging and blowing, […]

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Grasses in the Garden

Grasses in the Garden

By on 11 June, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

If you have not yet discovered the beauty and usefulness of ornamental grasses in your garden, now is the time to start looking. By planting grasses now, you give them an opportunity to take hold and flourish up until the first frost. Taller grasses – four to six feet high – can make great screens. […]

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Mixing Hydrangeas With Trees

Mixing Hydrangeas With Trees

By on 13 May, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

The two most desired features in any landscape are large trees and mature shrubbery. When it comes to gardening, living in older neighborhoods has both these advantages. When planning your garden, consider these two features gifts from previous generations — gifts which are priceless. Equally important in the quest for the perfect garden landscape is […]

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Garden Therapy

Garden Therapy

By on 13 May, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 1 Comment

There is a lot of talk these days about the healing properties of plants: herbal remedies, infusions, salves, as well as the health benefits of organic gardening. But I’d like to point out the one healing property every type of garden can provide — relaxation. There’s a lot of truth in the old adage: Take […]

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Grow Your Own Lemongrass

Grow Your Own Lemongrass

By on 1 May, 2010 in Gardening, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

Lemongrass is one of the key ingredients (along with galangal, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce and tamarind) that gives Thai food its distinctive flavor. It has a unique sweet/citrus/herbal taste that you really can’t get anywhere else. And lemongrass is hard as heck to find in Montgomery. They don’t sell the fresh stuff at Winn-Dixie […]

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Planting For Your Summer Garden

Planting For Your Summer Garden

By on 30 April, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

This spring has been among the most colorful in recent memory. The older azaleas, camelias, forsythia, and spirea were especially notable. The reason for this was that the cold weather stayed with us a little bit longer this year. We didn’t have that ‘false spring’ we normally have in February, followed by another freezing period – […]

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