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The Itinerant Urban Gardener

IT BEGAN when my daughter moved into a Prospect Heights brownstone with a struggling pine tree in a barrelĀ  out front. Each time I visited, I eyed the dead branches, wishing I could take a pruner to the thing and … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Pot

I HAVEN’T BEEN DOING AS MUCH WITH CONTAINERS this season, as I’m getting enough satisfaction from how my perennial beds are coming along in this, their second year. But sometimes I can’t resist potting up a few things for my … Continue reading

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I Cheated with Annuals

MY NEW PLANTING BEDS – the ones at the front of my property, that started out last fall as piles of dead oak leaves, supplemented by topsoil and compost – are now almost as green as they are brown, with … Continue reading

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I Dig

I ALWAYS THOUGHT B&B stood for bed and breakfast. Now I know it means balled and burlapped. Plants sold in plastic containers are a cinch to plant – you dig a hole and pop them in. Bigger trees and shrubs … Continue reading

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Pots of Cheer

SEEN AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD recently… Cheap and cheerful: your basic half-barrel filled with multi-colored pansies Wisteria on Wyckoff: a fire escape makes a perfect trellis (is that a code violation?) Best tree pit I’ve seen Exuberant bearded iris, right on … Continue reading

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Coleus Dreaming

YOU HAVE TO LOVE A PLANT with varieties named Bada Bing, Tilt-a-Whirl, Oompah, Fishnet Stockings, King Kong, and Texas Parking Lot. I’m talking about coleus, popular in Victorian times, then out of favor for decades, and now hot once more, … Continue reading

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My Rented Garden: Nil to Abundance in 2 Seasons

WELL, THAT WASN’T SO BAD, WAS IT? Unless we get some late snowstorms (which have been known to happen), spring is just weeks away. My thoughts are turning to my backyard in Boerum Hill, going into its third season. I’m … Continue reading

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