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Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe's Garden Spot column also appears in interactive format online.

Did you leaf 'em behind?

That leftover fallen foliage can still make mulch

By Nancy Crowe

Did you "leaf" your lawn behind in the fall? Master Gardener Nancy Crowe has tips on how to turn them into this spring's mulchy goodness.

Posted Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:14 pm

Yes, you can grow orchids

You may not be able to stop

By Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe says you certainly can grow orchids.

Posted Mon, 02/24/2014 - 9:51 am

What's that doing there?

You just never know what you'll find in the garden

By Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe ends the gardening year with a collection of surprises from our gardens.

Posted Fri, 12/27/2013 - 3:06 pm

The kindest cut

Cuttings let plants keep on keeping on

By Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe explains the right way to do it when it's time to take cuttings from your plants.

Posted Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:48 am

Corn-undrum

Kernels of truth for home gardeners

By Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe has some corn-y ideas about how, when and why to plant corn.

Posted Mon, 10/28/2013 - 8:08 am

A little glory for your lamppost

Morning glory, clematis great choices for climbers

By Nancy Crowe

A wall of blossoms or a gorgeous lampost is achievable, thanks to Master Gardener Nancy Crowe's advice on growing clematis and morning glories.

Posted Fri, 09/27/2013 - 9:01 am

Bring in the bloom

Tips for making cut flowers last

By Nancy Crowe

First we grow flowers, Master Gardener Nancy Crowe says, and then we bring their life and color indoors in bouquets. She has practical tips.

Posted Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:00 am

Making the bigger picture better

The new 4Rs program will help keep ecosystem clean

By Nancy Crowe

Our lawns make a difference in whether Lake Erie suffers blooms of harmful algae, and Master Gardener Nancy Crowe explains how to help.

Posted Tue, 08/06/2013 - 9:19 am

Blooming where they're planted

Native plants work because they belong here

By Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe recommends we all explore the world of native plants, native to right here, that is.

Posted Tue, 07/23/2013 - 9:38 am

Have patience with impatiens

Downy mildew has growers and gardeners on guard

By Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe reports from the front lines of the effort to keep downy mildew off our impatiens.

Posted Fri, 05/03/2013 - 4:17 pm

Secrets of the African violet

Finding the balance that keeps them happy

By Nancy Crowe

Master Gardener Nancy Crowe wants to give her African violets story a happy ending.

Posted Mon, 04/01/2013 - 11:19 am

Gardening on the fly

Make your plot attractive to insects fluttering by

By Nancy Crowe

Loving butterflies is a first step, and Master Gardener Nancy Crowe explains what it takes to provide a garden for them.

Posted Tue, 03/12/2013 - 12:22 pm

Beyond the pineapple

Brighten winter with bromeliads

By Nancy Crowe

Bromeliads look and even sound exotic, but Master Gardener Nancy Crowe understands how to grow them.

Posted Tue, 02/12/2013 - 2:06 pm
(PHOTO BY MARY A. MARKLEY)

From work horse to work of art

Painted, planted wheelbarrows help the community grow

By Nancy Crowe

Welcome to the World on Wheels. Master Gardener Nancy Crowe tells the tale.

Posted Wed, 01/23/2013 - 1:47 pm

A tree with a tropical twist

The Norfolk Island pine brings year-round cheer

By Nancy Crowe

Bring a tropical pine into your home for a truly live Christmas tree. Master Gardener Nancy Crowe tells us how.

Posted Fri, 12/14/2012 - 3:21 pm