GENERAL SOUTHERN ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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SURPRISING POLLINATORS

It’s not just honeybees and butterflies Story by Helen Newling Lawson Helping pollinators is a hot gardening trend right now (dare we say there’s a “lot of buzz”?). Initiatives such as the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge are bringing attention to the need to create habitats for at-risk pollinators such as monarch butterflies and honeybees. But …

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KNOCK IT OFF!

Pruning your Knock Out roses Story and Photos by Bob Westerfield If you have had any interest in flowering ornamental plants over the last decade, you are surely familiar with Knock Out roses. They came onto the scene in a big way, promising to be prolific bloomers, virtually disease free, and above all, low maintenance. …

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GO PLAY IN THE DIRT!

An ongoing series of container recipes Story and Photos by Barbara Wise One mantra heard often in the horticulture world is “Get kids interested in gardening.” As I head into my years of grandparenting, I realize that learning is so much more appealing when it feels like playtime. So I started thinking about what I …

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SQUASH THOSE BUGS!

Tips for getting rid of squash bugs Story and Photos by Kristi Cook It happens every year. Carefully tended squash seedlings slowly mature into dark green, leafy bushes loaded with yellow blossoms, causing my mouth to water in anticipation of the summer’s first squash. And much to my dismay, I am never alone in my …

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BEE BUILDER

How to build a mason bee house Story by Sue Hughes The Problem If you’re like me, you’ve entertained the idea of beekeeping – until the over-$100 starter kits, ridiculous outfits, and the prospects of a sticky, syrupy harvest caused that thought to make a beeline right out of your head. Yes, I want to …

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CACTUS CARE

Secrets to having perennial cacti in the Southeastern United States Story by Nick Yorlano Succulents take many forms and come in many shapes and sizes. They are also widely known for their ability to survive in less-than-ideal conditions. Cacti are a type of succulent that is distinguished from other succulents by having areoles. It may …

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MOVE TO THE B’HERBS

Creating a bee-friendly herbal oasis Story by Brenda Lynn An herb garden is an oasis of scents, textures, and flavors that add just the right zing to summer meals. But we aren’t the only ones who enjoy a burst of flavor on a hot summer day. Honeybees and other pollinators are drawn to the delicious …

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THAT’S SO CORNY!

Grow your own organic sweet corn at home Story and Photos by Kristi Cook My garden is a living quilt composed of each family member’s favorites. For my daughter, there’s purple asparagus to announce spring’s arrival. For my husband, it’s jungle-like plantings of okra destined for the fryer. And for my littlest one, I grow …

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SIDE-BY-SIDE

Don’t let your side yard be a bore Story and Photos by Mark K. Stickley-Godinez It’s a forgotten spot, a space we pass through without thought, or where we hide things like trashcans, woodpiles, or composters. And in most of them you truly want to just shut your eyes and run through it as quickly …

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