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Where was the snow last week? I actually found myself wandering around the yard last weekend, visiting the summer greenhouse, checking on my tool friends in the shed just in case I need a dandelion tool next weekend, and starting the mower, just for kicks.Jeff Lowenfels
My favorite catalogs are the ones that hawk perennials. I can sit for hours and dream of the yard full of beds of them. And talk about great photographs. In another life, perhaps, I can come back as a perennial catalog photographer.Jeff Lowenfels
It used to be you would buy seed and it was just plain old seed. Now there is all sorts of confusion because sellers label seeds, usually as "heirloom,” “organic,” “open-pollinated,” or “hybrid” seeds.” What gives?Jeff Lowenfels
2015 will be the first year a tree from Alaska has been chosen for the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and schoolchildren from across the state will create ornaments for it.Egan Millard
The regular reader knows that I am conflicted by seed catalogs. First, we have almost all we need here without resorting to mail orders. Second, while these are the harbingers of spring in the Lower 48, here, their appearance is the marker of the middle of the winter.Jeff Lowenfels

In 1974, the Anchorage Daily Times published a story with the headline “Grape Grower Goes Tomatoes.” Now, 40 years later, it might be time to reverse that headline.

Tara Young
It's been my habit to vent a bit in the last column of the year. I suspect this year's comments might be a bit more controversial than others. I hope not.Jeff Lowenfels
The point I am trying to make is that at the very least, you have to really, really know your gardener before you buy something for him or her. And I can tell you that I, personally, don’t know your gardener, so why listen to me?Jeff Lowenfels
Jeff Lowenfels answers questions from readers about getting a Meyer lemon, dealing with scale insects, making sure your poinsettia looks its best and more.Jeff Lowenfels
As I travel around Outside giving talks, I am constantly amazed at the lengths people will go to -- indeed, whole towns and even cities -- in order to ensure the ground is completely devoid of fallen leaves. You would think these things harbor the Ebola virus. They are whisked away, out of sight, almost as soon as they hit the ground. Jeff Lowenfels
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