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An Evergreen Harvest - Cooking with Spruce
A long time favorite in Europe, spruce shoot syrup and beer are gaining popularity in North America. The tender new growth of spruce, pines and firs were also used by Native Americans and early settlers for food and medicine.
Balsam Fir Christmas Tree
The smell of a freshly cut balsam fir is a fragrant part of many holiday celebrations.
Create Your Own Holiday Centerpiece
Don’t let the holiday rush and winter weather ruin your holiday party. Take a few minutes to walk through your garden and gather a few items to create a holiday centerpiece.
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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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Evergreen ID - Look for an Evergreen Day (Dec. 19)
December 19th is National Look for an Evergreen Day. Don't worry if you already have your holiday tree; take advantage of this unique holiday to get outside and look at the evergreens in your neighborhood.
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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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Fraser Fir, the Number One Selling Christmas Tree
Each year more than 25 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States. Every buyer seems to have their favorite, but overall the Fraser fir is the best-selling evergreen for the Christmas season.
From the Landscape to Holiday Decorations
Add a personal touch to your holidays by creating decorations from evergreens, berries, cones and seedpods harvested from your landscape.
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 Your Own Pineapple
Don’t compost the top of your pineapple. Instead, use it to start an indoor garden with your favorite young or seasoned gardeners.
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Make Your Own Icy Luminaries
Fire and candles have long been used to guide and welcome travelers and guests. Give this tradition a twist by making your own icy luminaries this winter.
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If you steal a kiss under the mistletoe this season, you might like to know a bit more about its history.
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Mulch Your Way to a Beautiful Low Maintenance Garden
Summers are filled with barbeques, vacations, and caring for our landscapes. Mulching is one way to save time and effort over a season or two, giving you more time for fun.
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Must-Have Garden Tools Make Great Gifts
Whether new or experienced, every gardener appreciates the gift of good garden tools.
National Christmas Tree Celebrations
Whether it is a fir, pine or spruce, a real evergreen tree has long been part of family, community and national Christmas traditions.
Needle Cast on Spruce
Purple needles turning brown and branches dying on spruce may mean the tree is infected with needle cast fungal disease.
Needles Yellowing and Dropping on Evergreens
Don't worry if your evergreen has yellow or brown needles all along the trunk. This is a common occurrence called seasonal needle drop.
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Did you know the traditional holiday spice nutmeg is not really a nut? It's actually the seed of an evergreen, native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.
Pine Needle Scale
White flecks on your mugo pine does not mean the house painter was careless. It's more likely that your evergreen is infested with pine needle scale.
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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Recycle Christmas Tree in the Garden
Don't drag that Christmas tree to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it a second, even third life, in your landscape.
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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Share the Gift of Gardening
As gardeners, we know how digging in the soil improves our mood, reduces stress and makes us smile. Share this joy by giving a gift of gardening this holiday season.
The Ash Tree - November 22 - December 1 Birth Tree
If your birthday falls between November 22nd and December 1st your birth tree is an ash. You are said to be uncommonly attractive, very reliable and trustworthy.
Trees and Shrubs for the Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for your garden. Look for trees and shrubs that provide interesting form, bark and texture in the winter.
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