MISSISSIPPI ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Mississippi-specific articles. Enjoy!

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TALL VERBENA

Would you like to attract more bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to your garden? Do you like to grow your own cut flowers for arrangements? Story by Denise Pugh If you answered yes to the questions above, Verbena bonariensis might be the plant for you. Tall verbena, sometimes called Brazilian vervain, stands tall without …

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VEGGIE TRENDS

Growing today’s most popular vegetables in your Mississippi garden Story by Dr. Rick Snyder Of all vegetables, which ones do you think Americans are eating more now than in recent years? Time’s up. The winner is cauliflower! As of last year’s data, we are eating 2.18 pounds per person, which is 38 percent higher than …

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A GOOD START

Starting your own vegetable transplants Story and Photos by Denise Pugh As winter fades and spring is approaching, evidenced by the yellow blooms of Narcissus, one begins to dream of fresh vegetables. You think of the ‘Brandywine’ or ‘Mortgage Lifter’ tomatoes from last year’s garden, or the sweet Italian peppers with just the right amount …

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THE GRASS AIN’T ALWAYS GREENER

Alternatives to mulch and turf under trees Story and Photos by Richelle Stafne thegardenmaiden.com Trees are the backbone of the landscape and there are several reasons for landscaping under and around them with something other than lawn grass. Under shadier tree canopies, it can be difficult if not impossible to grow a lawn. A lack …

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FOLLOW YOUR NOSE

The scent of gardenia is unmistakable Story by Denise Pugh The fragrance travels on the wind and comes around the corner quite unexpectedly. The month of June is ushered in by the most intoxicating fragrance. The smell is subtle in the breeze, but as one walks closer to the shrub – a gardenia (G. jasminoides) of …

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ROOM WITH A VIEW

Creating cozy outdoor rooms in your landscape Story and Photos by Richelle Stafne Ideas and materials for pulling off a cozy outdoor room on a budget can be found in many places. The basics include a comfortable room away from the house with seating, an area to prepare food, and seclusion or privacy. A simple …

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KITCHEN IS CLOSED!

10 ways to keep critters out of your fruit and vegetable gardens Story by Karen Ott Mayer Nothing is more frustrating than planting a garden only to watch healthy, vibrant plants succumb to the munchings of any number of critters – from squirrels to deer. Sometimes getting creative or experimenting can change the gardening score …

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YESTERYEAR GARDENER

A profile of Hernando gardener Parker Pickle Story and photo by Karen Ott Mayer For more than 40 years, Parker Pickle has been known to many Hernando residents as the DeSoto County tax assessor. Across town at his home, The Cedars, Pickle has cultivated an immense loyalty to his home and garden. “I could never …

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SUMMER IS SWEET

‘Ruby Spice’ summersweet Story by Denise Pugh If you’re out in the garden sometime in July and smell a sweet aroma and see pink blooms that resemble miniature bottlebrushes, and a plethora of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds attending these blossoms, you might be the owner of the award-winning Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice.’   This shrub …

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