Butternut Squash

How to Grow Butternut Squash

  Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata) is a winter squash, meaning that it is planted in spring, grows throughout the summer and is harvested in fall for storage or consumption in the winter. Not only is the fruit edible, but the leaves, flowers and seeds as well. The butternut squash plant produces both male and female flowers, a trait […]

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A Boxwood Lover’s Guide to Propagation

  The most popular plant among professional landscapers is boxwood  (Buxus spp.), according to a poll of Lawn and Landscape magazine’s readers.  Thus the versatile evergreen has been dubbed America’s most popular shrub.   Although there are about 150 cultivars and species available in nurseries, the most commonly grown is the common or American boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), […]

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How to Care for Tickseed

  If you’re looking for garden cheer, consider filling it with tickseed flowers (Coreopsis spp.). With their charming, typically yellow flowers and fine, almost ferny foliage, these native perennial plants lend a meadow-like air wherever they grow. Tickseed is a pleasure to grow for its easygoing nature and its resistance to major diseases and pests […]

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Snow on my Sago Palm?

“Ew, what’s that white stuff on my sago palm?” asks a reader from Southern California. That, my friend is evidence of a huge infestation of what is commonly known as cycad scale (Aulacaspis yasumatsui). A type of armored scale, these guys would be harmless if they showed up by their lonesome. Instead, they come in […]

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Grow Stevia from Seed

Considered a tender perennial herb, stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. The plant’s leaves are dried and ground into a sugar substitute with zero calories. What makes the leaves so sweet are compounds called steviol glycosides. Because the levels of these compounds vary in plants […]