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Cankers (Sunken Discolored Areas) on Trees
The answer to your tree problem may lie just below the surface, of the bark that is.
Caring for Bare Root Plants
You decided to save money or perhaps try something new and ordered bare root plants from a catalog or through the internet. Now you are wondering what to do with them once they arrive.
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Caring for Bare-Root Plants
So what do you do when those bare root perennials, shrubs, roses, or fruit plants you ordered arrive before you and your garden are ready or the weather is suitable for planting? Don’t despair you can preserve your investment with minimal effort.
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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.
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 a Few Christmas Gifts
Help small children handle the anticipation and adults deal with the stress of the holidays while creating a few homegrown gifts.
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Grow Some Homemade Soup for Valentine's Day
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Homemade Soup Day by sharing a bowl of soup with the ones you love. And while you sip some soup, start planning the soup ingredients you’ll grow in this year’s garden.
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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.
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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Making and Using a Cold Frame
Get a jump on the growing season by using a cold frame. Build your own and be kind to the environment and your budget by using reclaimed wood and old window sashes or storm doors.
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Managing Plants the Outgrew their Space
So, that small tree or shrub outgrew the ideal space where it was planted. Now what? It's time to decide whether to prune, move or sacrifice the plant and start over with something more suitable.
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Memorial Day Gardening - Planting Sunflowers
Memorial Day is a traditional planting weekend for many of us. Whether you are just getting started, changing out your seasonal displays or finishing up, consider adding sunflowers to your landscape.
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More Herbs, Less Salt Day (August 29)
Put away the saltshaker and season your meals with herbs instead.
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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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.
Whether you are sharing a piece of a favorite plant, a bit of family history, or a shared memory, pass-along plants have long been a part of the gardening tradition.
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Peeling and Cracking Bark on Trees
Cracks on tree trunks and peeling bark may indicate there are problems with your tree's health.
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.
Plant a Tree for Arbor Day
One of the biggest plant investments you make for your landscape is your trees. Help insure their longevity by planting them right.
Start with a call to 811 at least three days before digging in. This free service will mark the location of all underground wires. This one call can save you money and even your life.
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Plant a Tree for Mother's Day
Give mom the gift that keeps giving for generations to come – a tree. And don't worry if there is no room in your backyard – donate a tree to your local botanical garden, community or American Forest.
Plant a Tree in Honor of a Veteran
Honor a veteran by planting a tree now or donating to one of many tree planting programs. This living tribute honors the veteran while improving the environment for current and future generations.
Planting Bulbs for Spring Beauty
Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are sure signs of spring. Get busy now planting a bit of beauty and color for next spring’s garden.
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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.
Preventing Girdling Roots
Increase the health and longevity of your trees by reducing the risk of girdling roots.
These roots encircle the trunk and interfere with the flow of water, nutrients and food reserves between the roots and the leaves.
Relay Planting for Bigger Harvest
Plan for a season long harvest of corn, beans and other vegetables with relay planting!
Root Pruning for Transplanting Success
Increase your success when transplanting trees and shrubs with root pruning.
Save Money by Starting Plants from Seed Directly in the Garden
Maximize your plant budget and enjoyment by starting plants from seeds right in the garden.
Simple Strategies for Planting Small Seeds
Do you have trouble properly spacing the small seeds of carrots, radishes or lettuce? It's easy to end up with half the package in one short row. This is a waste of seed and time spent thinning.
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Skip the Bonemeal
Fall means bulb planting and for many gardeners it means breaking out the bone meal to get them well-rooted and growing. Consider skipping the bone meal. You’ll save money and have better long-term results in the garden.
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St. Patrick's Day Marks Traditional Pea Planting Day
Many gardeners celebrate St. Patrick's Day by planting peas in the garden. And for those gardens covered in snow – you will definitely need a bit of Irish luck on this planting day.
Starting Cannas, Dahlias and Other Non-hardy Bulbs Indoors
You can start your summer garden months before the traditional planting date. Start cannas, dahlias or other non-hardy bulbs indoors for bigger transplants and earlier bloom in the garden.
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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.
Think Twice Before Staking Newly Planted Trees
Break out the shovel and get busy planting. Fall is a great time to plant trees. The soil is warm and the air is cool, reducing transplant shock.
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Tips for Proper Tree Planting
Fall is a great time to plant trees. Follow these important planting tips to insure the health and longevity of your plants.
Transplanting Cacti, Pain-free
Move potbound cacti and succulents into a slightly larger container without injuring yourself.
Moving trees and shrubs can be tricky and heavy work. Make the move in spring before growth begins or in fall as the plants go dormant for greatest success.
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