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Lisa Colburn

Lisa Colburn is a crazy gardener, great cook and author of The Maine Garden Journal.

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Kate Copsey

Kate also hosts the popular radio show "America's Home Grown Veggies" heard every Saturday on American's Web Radio.

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Katie Elzer-Peters
 

Katie Elzer-Peters is the author of Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening, Carolinas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening, Southern Fruit and Vegetable Gardening,  and many others books. 

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Steve Asbell

Steve Asbell is an illustrator, the author of Plant by Numbers and blogger of The Rainforest Garden.

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • It's worth the effort it takes to rig supports at planting time for the tall garden plants. Relatively self-reliant standbys such as hollyhocks, cleome, cosmos, and sunflowers are still vulnerable to gusty winds, heavy summer downpours, running kids and dogs or stray flying objects like soccer balls. Tie single-stemmed plants individually. Use green bamboo stakes or equally sturdy sticks long enough to be within six inches of the mature height of the plant after being sunk in the ground 10 or 12 inches. Fasten the stem to the stake with unobtrusive green string or plant ties wrapped first around the stake, then loosely around the stem then back to the stake.