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Know Your Lilies: Asiatics, Orientals, Trumpets and More!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 21, 2016
It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between daylilies (hemerocallis) and true lillies (lilium). Daylilies have a dense root system, long, strappy foliage and clusters of flowers on wiry stems. True lilies grow from bulbs. They have a prominent, upright stalk that displays both foliage and flowers.  What gets tricky is trying to tell one true lily from
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Topics: How-To , Lilies

Best Practices for Watering Plants

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 14, 2016
Summer is vacation season, and if you’re leaving home for more than a few days, you’ll probably need to ask someone to water your garden and containers. When I’m away, my instructions for which plants need to be watered and how much and how often to water them, is usually at least two pages long. Even with that, I can come home to
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Topics: How-To

Fertilizer Basics — Why and How to Feed Your Plants

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 23, 2016
Plants that are well fed are healthier, more pest and disease resistant, and produce bigger, better crops of flowers and fruit. As gardeners we are eager to do right by our plants and wouldn’t want them to go hungry. Unfortunately, most garden soils don’t provide all the nutrients plants need to reach their full potential, so it’s up to us to
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Topics: How-To

Oh No DEER…Not Here!

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Apr 01, 2013
If deer are causing problems in your yard and garden, here are some ways to protect your plants. Home Remedies Natural repellents like dish soap, cayenne pepper, sour milk, garlic and rotten eggs are ingredients some gardeners use to repel deer (although the rotten egg smell might keep me out of the garden too!). These solutions are
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Planted Bulbs

Using a Terrarium to Start Tuberous Begonias

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Mar 04, 2013
Terrariums are the latest trend in home décor, but did you know that you can use them to get a jump start on your garden? Terrariums can act as a countertop greenhouse for growing tuberous begonias. Spring is right around the corner, and this easy project is one you’ll be able to enjoy all summer long! STEP 1:  PLANTING
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Topics: How-To , Shade Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs , Uncategorized

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Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

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