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"Learning the art of Bonsai can calm your nerves," by the Whistling Gardener

Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one.

Nothing causes me more stress than trying to adjust to Daylight Saving Time and while I would dearly love to use this space to rant about how much I loath it the fact is that this is a gardening column so I am going to instead tell you about how stress-relieving Bonsai can be for our sleep deprived souls.

"What’s all the buzz about Mason Bees?" by the Whistling Gardener

A mason bee doing his duty. Mason bees are native bees that are happily pollinating fruit trees and berry bushes.

What’s all the buzz about Mason Bees? Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that there is a pollination crisis going on in the world due to a serious decline in honey bee populations. The good news is that home gardeners can help out by encouraging native populations of mason bees into our gardens where they will happily pollinate our fruit trees and berries even when the weather is lousy.

The bare facts about bare root, by the Whistling Gardener

Bare root plants have many advantages. For starters, they are less expensive than container grown plants. You can typically save 20-40% off the potted price on shrubs and trees.

One of the early arrivals at the Garden Center is bare root plants. These can be shrubs, roses, trees, berries and assorted perennials including vegetables.

Bare root plants have many advantages. For starters, they are less expensive than container grown plants. You can typically save 20-40% off the potted price on shrubs and trees.

"New Year's Resolutions for the 'real gardener' (that will never happen)," by the Whistling Gardener

The Whistling Gardener first penned "New Year's Resolutions for the 'read gardener' (that will never happen" in 2001 and 13 years later it still feels relevant.

The Whistling Gardener first penned "New Year's Resolutions for the 'real gardener' (that will never happen" in 2001 and 13 years later it still feels relevant. It’s encouraging to know that the true attributes of a “real gardener” haven’t changed. Enjoy!

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