On your mark, get set, Sprint!

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Issue #238, March 27, 2021
Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila help you grow

In this issue:

Our Main Feature

We love to feed the birds and judging by over $3 billion spent every year on bird feeders and seed, you probably do, too. Trouble is, oh how the birds love to scatter seed. Steven shows you his spring clean-up routine for three of our feeding stations. Read his illustrated how-to at

Seedy fall-out: Tending to the build-up under a bird feeder

In the In Our Garden department

It's time to get a big jump on the season. Right now, not tomorrow! Here is what to do and why it will save you four hours this summer if you spend two out there now. Take Janet’s advice or not, you’ll love to see you are not the only one out there, speaking encouragement to every sprout and swelling bud. For the details:

Mark, get set, sprint now to save summer hours

Our Green Thumbs go

Up to Request That Plant

The most repeated plant descriptor in online nurseries these days may be “Sold Out.” This may be thanks to the pandemic-driven gardening surge but it’s not really a new problem. We have dealt with the problem of hard-to-find plants and materials for a long time. Here we give a Green Thumbs Up to the local garden center staffers who love to see us all grow and prove it if we only tell them what we want.

Down to Toxic Cuts

One of the greatest joys in gardening is bringing flowers and produce indoors to admire or use. This week we cut spring flowers on an impulse only to realize we’d stumbled on a way to accidentally sicken the household. Green Thumbs Down to interchanging kitchen utensils and garden tools.

Iris reticulata 'White Caucasus' glows but the landscape is still dominated by straw brown.

Iris reticulata 'White Caucasus' glows but the landscape is still dominated by straw brown.

So much space to maneuver.. for about three more days is all!

So much space to maneuver.. for about three more days is all!