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Smart Gardening is FUN Gardening!

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Many of the people I assist in their gardens, enjoy doing the work themselves. Gardening is one of their hobbies or recreational activities. It can be strenuous and even considered a workout to weed one’s own garden, trim the bushes and dig up and transplant perennials and shrubs. By Steffie Littlefield [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener

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Garden Worthy Willows

Heart leaved willow fall color

There is perhaps no native plant more ubiquitous than willow, especially black willow (Salix nigra). It comes up in house gutters, garden beds, low farmers’ fields, roadside ditches, pond margins and every creek-side gravel bar in the eastern half of the United States. By Scott Woodbury [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2020 issue.] “Between the

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Compassionate Gardening in a Conventional World

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The foundational success of our country can be primarily attributed to the vast richness of our natural resources. From fertile farmlands to plentiful hardwood forests to diverse wildlife, the list goes on and on. By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2019 issue.] The foundational success of our country can be primarily attributed to

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Lawn Alternatives

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The green sea of a well-kept lawn adds a sense of serenity to the yard, however harsh chemicals and time spent on upkeep can ruin this tranquility. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2019 issue.] The green sea of a well-kept lawn adds a sense of serenity to the yard, however harsh chemicals

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Hygge + Houseplants = A Happy Winter Season for Gardeners

cozy fireplace scene

Holding your coffee cup with two hands and savoring the flavor and aroma, gazing out a window on a snowy day wearing soft socks and reading a great book recommended by your friend, lighting a candle arranged beside a glass terrarium you just planted with your sister, cuddling with a pet… By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in

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Dried Plant Stalks Important Winter Homes for Bees and More!

Sumac stems

I took my first steps in horticulture walking down a narrow path of age-old gardening traditions. I learned to care for vegetable gardens, a rose garden, a lilac screen and perennial borders each with squarely trimmed hedges and edges. The lawn was cut in a diamond pattern using an old-style reel mower. By Scott Woodbury [This article was first published

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Shrunken Treasures

A photo of Columbine 'Little Lanterns'

Our Missouri natives provide beautiful blooms on tough plants. Some of these spectacular beauties can grow upwards of 6’ or ever more, causing them to be too large for some of our smaller gardens. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener July/August 2018.] Our Missouri natives provide beautiful blooms on tough plants. Some of these

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Weed Suppression

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Weed pressure in the garden can be daunting. Successful weed management in organic agriculture is a challenge that requires patience, preventative measures, dedication, and a commitment to following through with the systems put into place. By Crystal Stevens [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener June 2018 issue.] Weed pressure in the garden can be daunting. Successful weed

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Horseradish–Some Like it HOT!

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For years I have referred to horseradish as a root vegetable that is thankfully perennial. This pungent root that can be grated or processed into a strongly flavored garnish for meats and vegetables, grows very well in our loamy soils and with hot dry summers. By Steffie Littlefield [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener June 2018 issue.]

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