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The subject of garden soil is just not as glamorous or fun as going out and shopping for new plants for your yard. But just like building a home on a bad foundation, poor soil will lead to disastrous gardening. We have all had the heartbreaking experience of buying colorful looking plants only to bring them home, plant them, and watch them struggle for survival. And we had such high hopes.

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In gardening, you often hear terms thrown around like perennial, annual, biennial, hardy annual and tender perennial. Most seasoned gardeners have a pretty good understanding of all of the differences, but it might be fun to review and give new gardeners some helpful info at the same time.

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Looking for a perennial you can buy, plant and virtually forget? It might be that one of the sedums is just what you are looking for. Sedum is the name for a large genus of plants many call “stonecrops.” There are about 400 species to choose from. Some of the sedums like hot weather while some prefer cold. Some are yellowish in color while some are green or other colors. Some creep along the ground and quickly fill an area.

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Don’t you just love a surprise in your garden? It’s always a joy when just a few seeds hidden in an innocent looking mix of summer blooming beauties show themselves months or a year later. Each seed has its “time.” Some bloom almost immediately while others might need a year to surprise you. The standing cypress is a great example of a seed that you could have long forgotten that you even planted. What a surprise to see it yard long spire just spring up one day covered with vibrant red, tubular flowers!

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Local gardeners have had high hopes and entered the Jefferson County Fruit, Herb and Vegetable Show for 40 years running. This year’s winners did not disappoint. Jefferson County Horticultural Committee members and Jefferson County Master Gardeners deserve all the credit for another year of this wonderful event.

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