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How to Care for Holiday Plants

Grumpy hopes this is the most wonderful Christmas of all! So instead of loading you down with expensive jewelry, silverware, sports cars, and Napoleon brandy, your family gives you what you really wanted — blooming holiday plants. Here’s what you need to know to avoid killing these cherished gifts by the weekend.

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Bye Bye, Bubba — An Era Ends

Grumpy was going to offer more Christmas present ideas today, but he’s not feeling very festive. He just learned that his friend and colleague, Gene “Bubba” Bussell, will be leaving Southern Living at the end of this month.

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All She Wants For Christmas Is Blue Orchids and Poo!

Christmas brings joy, but it can also bring pain–especially if someone in your family is so insensitive and self-absorbed they never give you what you want. Show those people the error of their ways with these excellent garden gifts chosen by Grumpy.

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Grumpy’s Christmas Gifts For You

Oh! No! No! The holiday season is upon us again, which means many of you are looking down the barrel of disappointing even more people with your gifts this year. Be not afraid. Grumpy has perused and evaluated thousands of gifts that will delight even the most discerning gardener. Every post from now until Christmas will feature unique items sure […]

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Tweet! Tweet! Twitter Chat With Grumpy

Grumpy realizes how frustrating it is not to be able to converse with the High Pundit of Horticulture in real-time. Well, whimper with your laptop no longer! This coming Monday, May 19, you’ll be able to chat LIVE with the Grump on Twitter for an entire hour beginning at 1 PM EDT! And there will be prizes!!

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Should You Amend Your Soil?

Planting time is finally here (except in Minnesota – haaaaaaaaahh!!). So how many of you think it’s a good idea to amend your soil with peat moss and stuff before planting anything? It sounds right, so it has to be right. Right?

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Cold Winter = Fewer Bugs?

Colder than justice in North Korea — that’s how cold winter has been this year in the eastern half of the country. Cities paralyzed by ice and snow. The Great Lakes frozen over. Pitiful dogs stuck to fire hydrants. So doesn’t it follow that we’ll have a lot fewer bugs to worry about this spring and summer?

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Coming Soon! Crepe Murder 2014!

You’ve fidgeted through the football season, groaned through the Golden Globes, and doodled through “Downton Abbey.” HOW MUCH LONGER MUST WE WAIT? you bellow from your recliner. Fear not, faithful reader! Grumpy’s Crepe Murder Contest 2014 is only weeks away! Start looking for horrors right now!

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Don’t Buy Weedy Soil and Mulch!

I hate weeds. You hate weeds. So isn’t it a kick in the pants when you discover the doofus responsible for all the new weeds in your yard is YOU? And it all started when you ordered that truckload of topsoil, manure, or mulch.

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Don’t Cut Back “Dead” Plants Yet

It was colder than Bernie Madoff’s heart this week. My poor avocado tree turned from green to black and brown. But I’m not going to cut it back just yet. Here’s why you, too, should pocket your pruners for another month or two.

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