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Prairie Dropseed: An All-Purpose Prairie Plant

Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is a prairie plant native to North America that will add softness to any home garden, especially around a border. Other suitable planting areas include rock gardens, prairies and pastures, and along roadsides. It has a low, fountain-like appearance, with leaves that fall gracefully towards the ground. Plains Indians used the seeds to make flour and birds seek the seeds as food.   Read more about Prairie Dropseed: An All-Purpose Prairie Plant


Another Award Winning Year in the Garden

One such award winning plant is Golden Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’), the 2009 Perennial of the Year. Every year members of the Perennial Plant Association vote for a winning plant entry. Perennials that are nominated must be attractive, suitable for many areas across the country, low maintenance, pest and disease resistant, and readily available to the public. This year’s winner is the latest in a long line of good perennials for the garden. Read more about Another Award Winning Year in the Garden


Planting Onions in the Home Garden

Onions are easy to grow. They perform best in well-drained, slightly acidic, fertile soils in full sun. Heavy soils can be improved by incorporating organic matter, such as compost, into the soil. Onions require higher fertility levels than most other vegetables. Apply 1 to 2 pounds of an all-purpose garden fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, per 100 square feet and till into the soil prior to planting. Four to five weeks after planting, sidedress with additional fertilizer. Sprinkle 1 pound of an all-purpose garden fertilizer per 100 feet of row. Place the fertilizer in a narrow band about 2 to 3 inches from the base of the onion plants.  Read more about Planting Onions in the Home Garden


Beets Can't be Beat

All parts of a beet plant are edible. The tops, or greens, can be cooked and enjoyed like spinach or turnip greens. But it is the root, the pretty part, that we prefer. While the bulbous roots are most often dark red, they can also be yellow, white and striped like a candy cane. Don't let the color fool you - even the white ones are as sweet and tasty as the red ones! Their shape can vary as well. They can be round, flat or cylindrical. Read more about Beets Can't be Beat