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2016 All-America Selections Winner: Strawberry Delizz
Whether gardening on a balcony or large suburban lot, you can enjoy the sweet flavor of homegrown Delizz strawberries.
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.
Basic Tools for the Garden
Using the right tool for the job can reduce stress on your body and improve the health and beauty of your landscape. Here are a few basic garden tools to help you throughout the gardening season.
Cankers (Sunken Discolored Areas) on Trees
The answer to your tree problem may lie just below the surface, of the bark that is.
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month; Grow a Garden for the Birds
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by planning then planting a few bird friendly additions to your garden.
Celebrate National Pear Month
Celebrate National Pear Month by adding a few of your favorite pear dishes to your family meals.
Celebrate Rose Month - Eat Your Roses
The from-the-garden-to-the-table movement is not just about fruits and vegetables. Edible flowers like roses can provide beauty in a vase or on your dinner plate.
Compact Berry Plants for Containers and Gardens
Raspberry Shortcake, Pink Lemonade and Peach Sorbet are plants, not dishes to enjoy at your next meal. Consider including these and other compact fruit plants in your garden or on the balcony or deck.
Bushel and Berry, formerly branded as Brazelberry, is a collection of ornamental, compact and self-pollinating fruit plants. Perfect for small space and apartment dwellers or those that like to grow one of every plant.
Dealing with Floppy Perennials
Avoid floppy perennials and eliminate the need for staking with proper selection and care.
Don't Move Firewood
Cooler air and the crackle of burning wood mean fall for many. But don’t destroy the forest by moving firewood. Instead use wood from local sources.
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Don't Top That Tree
Stop – don’t top that tree. Instead, make sure it is properly pruned for years of health, beauty, and enjoyment in your landscape.
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Elderberry: International Herb of the Year
Hardy, edible and the 2013 International Herb of the Year make elderberry a great plant for any size landscape or even container gardens.
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Gardener's Tool Kit; Pruning Tools
Before you head out to the garden to do a bit of pruning, make sure you have the right tool for the job.
Use a bypass hand pruner for deadheading and pruning woody stems up to ¾ of an inch in diameter. These pruners have two sharp blades like scissors, resulting in a clean cut that closes quickly. Look for a quality pruner with replaceable blades.
Give 'em a Pinch - Pruning Flowers
Replace your plant stakes with pruners to keep some of your floppy flowers full of blooms and standing tall.
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Golden Canker on Pagoda Dogwood
Don’t let hot dry summers damage or even kill your Pagoda dogwood. Proper care and a bit of pruning can keep them healthy.
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Grow Star and Heart Shaped Veggies
Add a little star power to your meals with the help of cookie cutters and veggie molds.
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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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 Fruit in Small Spaces
No space for a garden? Don't worry you can add fruits to your patio, balcony or other small space landscape.
Growing Fruit Plants in Your Landscape
Improve the flavor of your meals and reduce our national energy use by growing your own fruit.
Heat Related Tomato Disorders; Yellow Shoulders and White Cores
If your tomato harvest wasn't up to par this season, you can blame it on the weather. High temperatures can prevent fruit set, delay ripening and impact fruit quality.
Increase Flowering on Hydrangeas
No flowers on your pink or blue hydrangea? The key to consistent flowering is proper selection, pruning and care.
Increase Your Garden's Beauty with Late Spring Grooming
Save yourself some maintenance and improve the beauty of your landscape with some late spring grooming.
Love Apples for Valentine's Day
Change things up this Valentine's Day and consider a meal that includes the love apple.
Making Flavored Vinegars
Liven up your meals and extend your garden enjoyment with flavored vinegars.
Managing Picnic Beetles
Eat up and clean up to keep those little black beetles from enjoying your harvest.
Managing Picnic Beetles
Don't share the harvest with picnic beetles this summer. Regular harvesting and sanitation can help reduce problems with this garden pest.
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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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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No Fruit on Holly - December's Other Birth Flower
Holly is a popular plant in holiday displays, one of the birth flowers for December and a favorite evergreen in the landscape.
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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.
Plastic Lumber for the Landscape
While “milk does a body good,” its’ recycled cartons can also do some good in the garden.
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Poor Fruiting on Cucumber, Squash and Other Vine Crops
Your plants look great, loaded with healthy leaves and flowers, but there is still no fruit. This is a common complaint I hear from gardeners growing squash, cucumbers and other vine crops.
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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.
Prune Out Raspberry Pest Problems
Put away the chemicals and break out the pruners to control pest problems on raspberries.
Prune Shrubs with a Purpose
Stop! Don't reach for those pruners without a plan in mind.
You can tame overgrown evergreens blocking your views or creeping over walks with a bit of pruning. And get the best results for your effort with proper timing and the right pruning strategies.
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Pruning Potentilla, Spireas and Other Summer Blooming Shrubs
Tame those floppy potentilla and spirea and bring other overgrown summer flowering shrubs down to size in late winter through early spring.
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Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs
Late spring is the time to bring overgrown lilacs, forsythia and other spring blooming shrubs down to size.
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Pruning Trees: Large Branches
Late winter after the coldest weather has passed through early spring before growth begins is a great time to prune trees. Make proper cuts to insure the health and longevity of your plants.
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Pruning Young Trees
Winter is often the time we break out the pruners and start shaping trees and shrubs. Before making that first cut, be sure you are pruning with a purpose in mind.
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Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Don’t drag that Christmas tree to the curb. Give it a second life in your landscape.
Cut trees make great windbreaks in the landscape. Strategically place discarded Christmas trees on the windward side of rhododendron, boxwood and other broadleaf evergreens to reduce problems with winter burn.
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Renovating Overgrown Shrubs
Quickly tame overgrown shrubs with renovation pruning in late winter or early spring.
Stating Trees and Shrubs from Hardwood Cuttings
It's all in the timing – when trying to start trees and shrubs from a cutting.
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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The Edible and Ornamental Chokeberry (Aronia)
Though chokeberry is not an appetizing name, this four season beauty is making a big impact in edible and ornamental gardens.
You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season.
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Unshearing Sheared Evergreens
Tired of constant pruning or need a change from those green gumdrops, hockey pucks and meatballs? With a bit of time and patience you can convert these back to their natural beauty.
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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Brighten your winter gardens and containers with winterberry. This deciduous holly produces an abundance of red berries you and the birds will enjoy.