Staying ahead of pests, Mercury retrograde, ground covers

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, June 18, 2020

roses

Roses smile in their white content,
Roses blush in their crimson bliss,
As the vagrant breezes, wooing them,

Ruffle their petals with careless kiss.
–Rupert Brooke (1887–1915)

 
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Best Ground Cover Plants
Ground Covers

Best Ground Cover Plants
A baffling problem for many gardeners is what to grow in hot, dry, or gravelly areas that are too inhospitable for grass and most ground cover plants. Fortunately, there are some durable ground cover plants that will thrive under these rigorous conditions. Here are some ground...

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Staying Ahead of Garden Pests
Staying Ahead of Pests

Staying Ahead of Garden Pests
Normally I don’t go looking for trouble, but it is the best way to head off potential problems in the garden. Keep your eyes open when you are weeding and you may be surprised by the kinds of pests you find. Look for telltale signs of common garden pests like holes in leaves, egg masses, and webs.

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Painting Pots: The Sponge Technique
Painting Garden Pots

Painting Pots: The Sponge Technique
Sponge painting (yes, you just use a sponge) allows any gardener to transform simple orange terra-cotta pots—giving a unique, charming look to your patio or deck. Here’s how to it!

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Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury Retrograde Begins

Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s last period of retrograde motion in 2020 lasts from October 14 to November 3! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde. What exactly does it mean for each of us, though? Read on to find out.

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