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Start planning, planting now for a ‘radishing’ fall garden

We had an unusual growing season. It started with winter recovery, continued with a wet late spring/early summer and was followed by fluctuating temperatures all summer. A few gardeners had bumper crops, but many others lost plants to heavy rains, insects or diseases. If your garden has seen better days,…

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Sunflowers: Nature’s happy and hardy head-turners

Nothing can brighten a garden as fast as sunflowers. Few flowers are as showy or as tall. They thrive in heat and humidity and are pretty drought-tolerant. The more sunlight, the happier they are. Sunflower seeds yield a variety of products, ranging from snack food to soap and oil to…

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Say ‘Hi’ to head-turning hibiscus

Temperatures are heating up, and that is just what some plants like. Hibiscus are great plants for the summer garden in Arkansas heat. When hearing the word hibiscus, most people imagine the showy, tropical blooming plant Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, but there are others as well. Hibiscus plants are in the…

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With planning, plants will have it made in the shade

 As temperatures heat up, gardeners are always happy to have a spot of shade in the yard. Shade gardening is a great way to have your garden and enjoy it all summer. While we can’t grow fruits and vegetables or many lawn grasses in the shade, there are plenty of…