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Apple Tree Fails to Produce
No fruit and all leaves is a common complaint of gardeners new to growing apples. Fortunately, with a little time and adjustments in care you will soon be rewarded with fruit.
Apples - National Apple Month - Scary Apple Heads for Halloween
Celebrate National Apple month and prepare for Halloween by creating a few scary apple heads.
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Cedar Apple, Quince, or Hawthorn Rust
Don't panic if your red cedar, a type of juniper, looks like it has been slimed. The gelatinous orange substance is the fruiting stage of cedar–apple rust.
Celebrate National Pear Month
Celebrate National Pear Month by adding a few of your favorite pear dishes to your family meals.
Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Proper Harvesting of Watermelon
Take a break and enjoy a refreshing slice of watermelon as you celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd.
Easy and Free Homemade Berry Harvest Basket
Whether harvesting from your own garden or visiting a Pick-Your-Own Farm, nothing beats the fresh flavor of homegrown berries. And managing the harvest as you work your way down each row does not have to be messy and cumbersome or result in a pile of mushy fruit.
Webby tents can often be seen on the tips of tree branches in fall. Apples, willows, birch, and ash are just a few of the more than 100 species that can be infested. These webby tents are the home to the fall webworm.
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On your next winter walk, check apples, pears, quince and other members of the rose family for signs of fireblight disease.
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Keep enjoying the garden fresh flavor of sweet peppers throughout the winter. A quick freeze will preserve the flavor for months to come.
Always use crisp fresh peppers for best results. Wash, remove the stem and cut the peppers in half. Use the tip of a spoon or melon baller to more easily remove the seeds and membrane.
Garden Your Way to Better Health
Have you committed to improving your health this year? I have good news – you can do this while planting, maintaining and harvesting homegrown nutritious food and beautiful flowers.
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Gather Ideas and Fresh Produce from the Farmers Market
Didn’t get that garden planted this year? Or maybe you didn’t plant enough for your families needs. Don’t worry, you can still have fresh from the garden flavor and be kind to the environment.
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Grow Your Own Fat-free and Flavorful Apples
Apples are the perfect fat free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Grow Your Own Favorite Recipe
Picture this - Your guest reaches over and plucks a sprig of mint from a planter to add to their iced tea or Mojito. Nothing beats the fresh-from-the-garden flavor or fun of ingredients right from your own garden.
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Grow Your Own Herbs
Add some flavor and fragrance to your garden, meals, beverages, and garden parties with homegrown herbs. Whether growing in a container, mixed amongst flowers and vegetables or in a garden of their own, you will enjoy an herbal addition to the landscape.
Apples are the perfect fat-free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Growing Your Own Healthy Snack
Grow a few healthy snacks for you and your family to enjoy. Carrots have the crunch of chips and crackers without the fat and calories.
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Harvest and Enjoy Edamame (Soy)
Get the best flavor and nutritional value from your homegrown edamame, also known as edible soybeans, with proper harvesting and care.
Harvesting & Storing Sweet Potatoes
Grilled, fried, mashed or made into a pie, sweet potatoes are a delicious and nutritious vegetable.
Harvesting and Preserving the Flavor and Nutrients of Root Crops
It’s time to start reaping the benefits of your spring plantings. So break out the garden fork and get busy harvesting.
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Harvesting Flowers for Drying
Enjoy your garden’s beauty year round. Harvest and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft project or as gifts for friends and family.
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Managing Apple Pests
As you harvest apples you may notice a few less-than-perfect fruit. Fortunately, most can be salvaged and used for sauces, juices and other purposes.
National Pear Month
You purchase a beautiful pear, set it on the counter to ripen and a few days later take a bite. Seems it is either too hard or over ripe. In fact, 84% of people surveyed did not know how to tell when a pear was ripe.
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Ornamental Edible Landscape - Fruit Plants
Round out your meals with some fresh from the garden fruit. It is easier than you think to grow your own apples, plums, and berries.
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Outdoor Vegetable Cleaning Station
Don’t let your garden soil end up in the kitchen. Instead create a produce cleaning station outside near the garden.
Planning a Vegetable Garden for Harvest and Preserving
Nothing beats the flavor of fresh produce, but canning, freezing and drying can help extend your enjoyment throughout the year.
Take some time to plan a garden that will provide you and your family with fresh produce and enough extra to preserve as needed or desired.
Plant a Row for the Hungry in Your Community
Gardeners are some of the most generous people I know. They love to share their ideas, passion for gardening and of course produce. So when you are overwhelmed with tomatoes, peppers, greens and zucchini, contact a nearby food pantry or meal program that can get these vegetables to people in need.
Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, fight heart disease, boost your immune system, and add a bit of flavor to your meals by growing your own garlic.
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Poor Garden Harvest
Blame it on the weather. This could be one cause for a poor garden harvest.
Poor Melon Harvest - Few and Tasteless Fruit
It's not your fault. Blame it on the weather when your muskmelon harvest is small or the fruit is tasteless.
You'll notice muskmelons lack the usual sweet flavor when the weather is dark and cloudy. Overwatering or excess rainfall as the melons ripen also dilutes the sweet flavor.
Poor pollination explains the lack of fruit. The first set of flowers are all male. The second set are male and female so pollination and fertilization can occur for fruit to develop. Cold rain and cloudy conditions can reduce pollination. Make sure to grow bee friendly plants in your landscape.
Very hot weather and drought can also prevent fruit development. Be sure to water plants thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Mulch with straw, shredded leaves or other organic matter to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
A bit more information: Water properly throughout the season, manage weeds and mulch the soil. Keeping plants healthy reduces the risk of diseases that can also impact the fruit's flavor.
Prepare Garden Soil Now for Next Season
Now is the perfect time to start preparing for next season's garden. As you finish harvesting a garden bed start preparing for the season ahead.
Preparing Dormant Annuals for the Growing Season
Clear a spot on the windowsill and make room for geraniums, fuchsias, lantanas and any other plants that were stored in a cool dark location indoors for winter.
Relay Planting for Bigger Harvest
Plan for a season long harvest of corn, beans and other vegetables with relay planting!
Saving and Storing Left Over Seeds
As you pack away the garden hose, tools and other supplies don’t forget about the left over seeds. Proper storage can extend their life - and that means you need to buy fewer seeds next season.
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Spring Clean Up & Proper Disposal of Pesticides
Spring is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. And that often means cleaning out the garage, shed or basement. Don’t toss those outdated, unwanted garden chemicals in the trash. They can contaminate our environment, including our drinking water.
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Storing Spring Flowering Bulbs Over Winter
Don't panic if the bulb planting season has passed and you still have some or all your bulbs in need of planting.
Storing Squash for Winter
Continue enjoying homegrown flavor of squash throughout much of the winter.
The Apple: December 23rd to January 1st Birth Tree
If you were born between December 23rd and January 1st your birth tree is the apple. It is said to represent scientific talents, charm and a carefree philosopher with imagination.
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Walk Off Calories and Plan Your Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for next year's garden with a hike through your neighborhood, botanical garden or arboretum.