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Friday, July 25, 2014

Gardening

Becoming a Master Gardener is a rewarding, fun

Becoming a Master Gardener is way more rewarding that I expected.
I am so amazed by the beauty and “raw-ness” of the nature in Mississippi. I have an area in my backyard with kudzu, honeysuckle, other vines and trees that is as wild as any growth. It’s like Tarzan could come swinging through at any moment — hopefully Jane, also. (July 1, 2010, Page 6B)

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    The daylily — Queen for a day

    Garden columnist Dickie King spotlights the daylily garden of Lafayette County resident Carol Parcher. She has been collecting them for years and still has quite a show of them at her wonderful “piddle” farm. (June 25, 2010, Page 3B)

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      Author helps cut down garden maintenance

      This year, persistent rains played serious havoc and frustration with my usual gardening schedule and routines. A good friend, and fellow Master Gardener, mentioned she was attempting to simplify her gardening. Shortly thereafter, a highly praised and widely recommended book came to my attention. The book is, “The New Low Maintenance Garden” by Valerie Easton. (June 4, 2010, Page 2B)

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        Last minute things to do for your garden

        With the weather appearing set to stay warm on through the end of the spring and start of the summer, there are a wide variety of things that you may want to do in May or June to keep your outdoor gardens and landscaping luscious and colorful. The Oxford Garden Club offers several tips for local gardeners to consider. (May 28, 2010, Page 2B)

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          Xeriscaping makes for easy, attractive yards

          Lafayette County Master Gardener Susan Boehm writes about planning for the summer’s dry heat by planting native plants that are accustomed to living in the climate. She discusses the benefits of xeriscaping in addition to giving reminders and tips around gardening in the month of May. (May 7, 2010, Page 3B)

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            Garden Club presents ‘A Standard Flower Show’

            Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a closer look at the 50-plus year history of the Oxford Garden Club as it prepares for an upcoming flower show. (April 9, 2010, Page 3B)

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              Heirloom tomatoes – something old is new again

              Lafayette County Master Gardener Barry Whitehouse writes about the history of Heirloom tomatoes and other heirloom vegetables, and gives a few hints on growing the variety in local gardens. (April 2, 2010, Page 2B)

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                Two Master Gardeners share their wisdom

                What are two of the most neglected habits among gardeners? Correct pruning and keeping tools sharp. Master Gardeners Carroll Crenshaw and Don Giles shared their tips on those topics recently as part of the Lafayette County Master Gardeners’ spring gardening series. To keep tools sharp — like Giles’s 40-year-old shovel — clean them well after every use. (March 5, 2010, Page 3B)

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                  Spring dreams: Hints for a winter’s day

                  GARDENING OXFORD STYLE — Spring is on the way, but there’s plenty to do in the garden between now and then. At the top of the list: planting shrubs and trees, trimming branches, testing your soil and rewarding your stalwart pansies with a little fertilizer. (February 19, 2010, Page 2B)

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                    Making a move — with plants in tow

                    LAFAYETTE COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS — When Dianne Smith Fergusson prepared to move from South Carolina to Oxford, it wasn’t the furniture and breakables that concerned her. How would her beloved plants make the journey? By taking care to protect the roots, keep transplants out of direct sun and watering diligently through the summer, she was able to transport her garden treasures, making the transition to her new home easier. (February 5, 2010, Page 3B)

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