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Dave's Garden Articles: By Lee Anne Stark

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Helenium, Nothing to Sneeze At!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Named for Helen of Troy, this perennial creates some much needed WOW factor in the fall garden. Native to North America, Helenium is often overlooked. Let's try to change that, shall we?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Raspberries!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

The Raspberry. Everybody knows Raspberries. Those big, fat, juicy red ones in the garden, or the ones in the stores they want an arm and leg for. Don't forget wild Raspberries the next time you crave them.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Scented Shrubs for Northern Gardeners
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

There is nothing better than sitting in the yard, enjoying a cup of coffee and having sweet scents wafting your way. Here are a few nicely scented shrubs that will survive our harsh northern winters.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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Cats versus House Plants
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Do you wage a constant war trying to protect your house plants from your cats? Is there a dustpan in every room? Do you hear falling clay pots on a regular basis? This article will examine some of the ways to help keep kitty at bay.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Outdoor Winter Decorating
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

When fall is over and winter is fast approaching, brighten up the outside of your home with these easy ideas.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

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Chokecherry, The Forgotten Fruit
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Probably one of the most neglected of North American Native cherries this one deserves to be re-discovered for its many benefits.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

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Blackberries!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

This native of the Northern hemisphere is usually discovered by accident when it grabs a hapless hiker. They have found the "black gold" of the berry world.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Summer Bites
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Ahhh, summer. The snow melted long ago, green shoots appeared and have grown in the garden. The weather has warmed up enough to finally be outside enjoying the longer days. Did I say enjoying? NOT!!

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

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Calendula Calling
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Bright and cheerful, this lovely little annual should be a staple in every garden.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

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Dead House Plants? Are You Sure They're Dead?
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

It happens to us all. We forget to water, let them get too cold, forget they are there. Before you take them for that final walk to the mulch pile, double check, they may not be dead after all.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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My 5 Favourite Self-Seeding Annuals
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Some annuals you can count on to come back from seed year after year.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

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Two Plants, One Taste
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

I look forward to spring for so many reasons. Everything that has been hibernating under a blanket of snow begins to waken. Fresh, new shoots are popping out of the ground. This article is going to cover two of my favourite spring edibles.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Blueberries!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Whether you prefer the hard to find and highly coveted wild ones, or the bigger, juicier cultivated ones, Blueberries are a tasty healthy treat that deserve more attention than they get.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

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Cabin Fever
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

It happens. Wandering around aimlessly, constant peeks out the window to see if there is still snow on the ground. Sudden and deep sighs. Irritability.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

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A Day at Dave's Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Spend a day with me here at Dave's Garden. There is plenty to keep us busy and you may just find something you've been missing!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Confessions of a Coffee-aholic
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Dripped, perked or pressed. Even iced. Cafe latte, cappuccino, French vanilla. Instant, if desperate enough. The little bean that can cause total panic in an otherwise normal human being.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

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Fiddleheads!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Fiddleheads, one of the first forest delicacies to emerge in the spring. As soon as we started thinking Mothers Day, Dad would pile us kids into his truck and we would scan our favourite swamps, looking for signs of the newly emerging fronds.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

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Hardy Hibiscus--Hardier Than You Think
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Hibiscus moscheutos. These eye-popping beauties are, surprisingly, not well known here. Many people can't believe they can grow here. Believe me when I say, they can, and do!! No special care required.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Northern Exposure
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

We do not need to have south facing, full sun windows to grow beautiful house plants. This article is for those among us who have bright light at best.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

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Displaying House Plants
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

As far as I am concerned, we can never have too many house plants. Here are a few creative ways I have come up with to display them.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

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Neem, An Indoor Gardeners Best Friend
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

In the never-ending battle of the bugs I prefer a natural alternative. This is one of my favourites, both indoors and out.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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My Favourite Easy to Care For House Plants
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

We all love to have plants in the house. The reality is that we all don't always have the time to properly care for fussy green things. Here are a few that I have found are the most forgiving.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

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Lupines!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Lupinus. This genus of almost 600 species is found worldwide. These members of the Legume family are beautiful additions to any perennial garden. In my opinion, they are one of the most beautiful perennials grown.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

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Mini Rose Rescue
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Every year, come Valentine's Day, millions of miniature roses can be found in the big box stores. After the holiday is over, thousands are sacrificed to the garbage bin. These mini beauties can be bought now for as little as $0.99 each. Rescue a few today!!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

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Perfect Potentilla
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Potentilla fruticosa, also known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, is an amazingly hardy, easy to care for small bush that deserves a spot in every Northern garden.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

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Fabulous Feverfew
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Tanacetum parthenium. This pretty, versatile herb is a favourite in my garden. Hopefully, by the end of this article, it will be one of yours too.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

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Spring Cleaning in the Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Every spring, after the snow is gone, our gardens need a little TLC. A few simple tasks will help your garden grow.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

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Happy Holidays?
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

'Tis the season to be jolly...so they say.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

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Winter Storage of Geraniums (Pelargonium)
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Too often I see Geraniums treated as annuals. Allowed to die in the fall and then mulched or thrown in the trash. This is not necessary, a few simple steps and your geraniums can last for years.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

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Spring is Here, Don't Touch That Spade!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Every year I have people stop and ask where I got the hundreds of annuals in my gardens. They mistakenly believe I must have spent a small fortune, or found a really good sale!! Neither is true. The secret is in the garden all along, waiting.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Terrariums: Anything goes!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

When you think of a terrarium, I'll bet the first thing that comes to mind are those made from aquariums. Maybe you think of the old Victorian types that need a lot of space. Think again!! You don't need a lot of space or money to have a cute little terrarium.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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It's For The Birds
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Birds really aren't very fussy about where they build their nests. Every year I rescue baby birds that have fallen from a poorly designed or placed nest. They get blown down from weak branches and are left at the mercy of the elements. I have decided to put up as many bird houses as possible to keep them safe, hopefully I can inspire others to do the same.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Weeds!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Are weeds taking over your gardens? Do you avoid said gardens because the thought of removing those weeds seems like too daunting a task? Here, hopefully, I'll share some secrets of mine on how to handle those weeds.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Three Gardeners, One Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

This is tale of three gardeners, each with their own style, learning to "grow" together.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

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Aquarium to Terrarium
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Have you ever seen those really cheap used aquariums in yard sales? Ever wondered what they'd be good for? Any plant loving human has dreamed of a terrarium at one time or other. That perfect blend of humidity and warmth, a mini tropical paradise. This article will explain how to create that paradise.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Recycling - Good For The Environment, Bad For My Kitchen
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

They said it would be easy. They said we wouldn't even notice. They said it would become second nature. They lied!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

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Hardy Hedges for Northern Gardeners
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Everybody loves the look of a well trimmed hedge. Living in the north it can be a challenge to find suitable, hardy, hedge plants. Here are a few that will survive our harsh winters.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Grow Veggies Without a Veggie Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Contrary to popular opinion, vegetables do not need their very own garden. If you have gardens, you have room for veggies!!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

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Protecting New Plants From Cutworms
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

There is nothing more disheartening than planting a whole vegetable garden with new plants just to find them all cut off at ground level the next morning. Here is an easy, inexpensive way to avoid this heartache.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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My Favourite House Plant Books
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Have you ever come across one particular book that you could never part with? A book that has everything you could ever need in it, that answers every question you might have? Here are two of my favourites.

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