GENERAL SOUTHERN ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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HOW LOW CAN YOU GROW?

Low-growing, low-maintenance perennials for your landscape Story and Photos by Richelle Stafne “First you spread your limbo feet, Then you move to limbo beat, Limbo ankolimboneee, Bend back like a limbo tree … Limbo lower now, Limbo lower now, How low can you [GROW]?”  Selecting low-growing, low-maintenance perennials for your landscape may be easier than doing …

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PLANTS THAT PREY

Bring the bog to your garden with these carnivorous plants Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Carnivorous plants are amazing! These plants are engineered to capture and digest thousands of insects and even some small animals that may slip into their watery graves. Why not set aside a moist corner of your yard or …

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FEW AND FAR BETWEEN

Keep and eye out for these native, yet rarely-seen insects Story and Photos by Dr. Blake Layton Have you gotten to spend a lot of time outside in the yard and garden so far this year? If so, you have probably seen a lot of insects. Most of these were probably pest insects, but you …

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GARDENING IS FOR THE BIRDS

Keeping helpful birds around your garden is the best organic pest control Story and Photos by Kristi Cook Patience is a virtue, especially in the gardening world. I learned this lesson in a profound way one season while on a morning walk through the garden. As I scouted for disease and pests and checked the …

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ARUGULA

The herb-like vegetable for the adventurous palate Story by Bob Westerfield and Amy Rogers Just the name itself “arugula,” might seem somewhat strange to the average home gardener. It’s not exactly what you would call a staple in the average Southern summer garden. But if you are looking for something to spice up your salad …

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SHAPE IT UP!

Cool patterns and shapes in the garden Story and Photos by Richelle Stafne Intentional garden design with a specific palette of patterns and shapes can not only adds interest, but also can create cohesiveness among plant material. Growing up, I would watch Sesame Street and sing along with the song One of These Things … …

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WATTLE

An old construction technique that’s perfect for the modern garden Story and Photos by Cynthia Wood If you’ve visited historical gardens, you’ve probably noticed fences that resemble wooden croquet wickets. These are variations of wattle, an ancient craft that’s been practiced in England and Europe since the Bronze Age.  Although wattle was traditionally made with …

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DRAIN THE RAIN

Tips for managing rainwater in your landscape Story and Photos by Susan Jasan It seems lately that spring brings torrential storms to many regions of the country. Often owners are faced with raging waters where previously there had been none, or even worse, moisture in their homes where previously all was well. It’s great when …

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CRAZY CRAWLERS

Caterpillars you are likely to run across at some time in your gardening career Story and Photos by Blake Layton, Ph.D. Where there are plants there are caterpillars. As an avid gardener, you are probably familiar with several species of caterpillars, particularly those that damage some of your favorite plants, such as tobacco hornworms, cabbage …

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