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Posted on 27 April 2013 by

Got Plants? Learn How to Shop for Your Favorite Vegetable Plants

Photo Credit: Seedling by Jennifer C. used under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit: Seedling by Jennifer C. used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Every spring, garden centers are swamped with perspective gardeners.

Some go right for the plants they want while others roam around confused and dazed.

Regardless of which one you may be, there are hints that can aid you in your plant selection.

Following these hints will not only help you become a better gardener but also a frugal one.

I personally like to grow my own plants from seeds but for some people this is not doable. And frankly, I do not have enough room to grow everything I put in my garden space. For those plants that I purchase, I like to go to businesses that grow their own plants. The reason for this is economical and biological.

Buying in my community keeps my local Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 05 October 2008 by

A Store’s Urban Garden

By Cindy Naas

I was shopping in the Crocus Hill district of St. Paul Minnesota this week.

I stopped in at the Cooks Of Crocus Hill store, and discovered an absolutely stunning urban garden, right in the middle of an upscale shopping area!

Needless to say, I had to stop in and talk to the owner.

The landscaping around this store is a series of raised beds in which all manner of vegetables, herbs and even fruits are grown. Herbs are tucked into edges of walkways and into planters.

Visual interest is maintained by growing scarlet runner beans up twig wigwams, and grapes twine along the fence which separates this store from the adjacent property. There are Read the rest of this entry »


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