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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.
A New Invasive Insect Pest
Gardeners, be on the lookout for invasive insects. You've probably heard about the Asian Long horn beetle and more than 24 states and several provinces in Canada have found Emerald Ash borers (pictured here) feeding on native and landscape ash trees. The latest invader, the lanternfly, was discovered just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September.
Attract Insect Eating Toads to the Garden
Toads make great gardening partners. They eat insects, slugs and snails and ask for very little in return. Help attract these natural predators to your garden with just a few changes in your gardening habits.
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Be the First to Harvest a Red, Ripe Tomato this Season
Be the first on your block to harvest a red ripe tomato.
Blossom Drop and Fruit Rot on Vegetables
Don't let blossom drop and fruit rot reduce this season's harvest. A few adjustments in your garden care can help reduce the risk.
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 Pollinators Week
Celebrate national Pollinator Week by lending a helping hand to bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and bats that help pollinate our gardens, so we have seeds, fruits and vegetables to eat.
Choose the Best Tomato for Your Favorite Recipe
Sliced, sauced or cooked in your favorite recipe; tomatoes are a favorite and versatile vegetable. And they taste best when grown and harvested from your own garden or container.
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.
Crazy Worms Amynthas Invading Woodlands and Gardens
Crazy worms are invading woodlands, gardens and golf courses. They've been in the southeast United States for years, but are now spreading to other areas of the country.
Creating a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt
Your cucumber plants start out great and suddenly wilt and seem to die overnight. The problem is bacterial wilt, but the real culprit is the yellow and green striped, banded or spotted cucumber beetle.
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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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.
Eco-friendly Aphid Control
The hot dry air in our homes during winter is tough on us and our houseplants, but it’s great for insects. You may need to lend a hand this winter to keep your plants looking good.
Check plants regularly for signs of insects. You may want to break out the hand lens or recruit a younger gardener with better eyesight.
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Eco-friendly Control of Asparagus Beetles
You wait all winter for your asparagus harvest and so do the common and spotted asparagus beetles.
Eco-friendly Control of Bean Beetles
Holes in the leaves of bean plants mean insects have moved in to share the harvest. Don't fret there are some easy ways to manage these pests.
Eco-friendly Crabgrass Control
Spring is the time to prevent crabgrass problems in the lawn. .
The best defense against this and other lawn weeds is proper care. Grow your grass tall. Keeping it 3 to 3 ½ inches tall encourages deep roots that are more drought-tolerant and better able to fend off pests and outcompete the weeds.
Proper watering and fertilization will further reduce weed problems. Even one fertilization a year, can greatly improve your lawn’s health and reduce weed problems.
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Eco-friendly Insect Control
Every garden season is filled with beautiful or tasty surprises and a few challenges. You can prevent or reduce challenges and damage caused by insect pests and still be kind to the environment.
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Failed Corn and Bean Plantings
Early planting and unseasonably cool wet springs can cause bean and corn seeds to fail to sprout or fully develop. These seeds either rotted or were damaged by corn seed maggot.
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Fall Décor for Your Landscape
The cooler temperatures of fall signal a change of season and an opportunity to add some fall décor to the landscape.
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Garden Pests: Controlling Japanese Beetles
You can’t miss them. These voracious garden pests eat and mate in broad daylight and feed on the leaves and flowers of over 300 different types of plants and the roots of turf grass.
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Grow a Pizza Garden
Add a little fun and flavor to your landscape this summer with a pizza garden. You can grow almost all the ingredients, except of course the cheese, sausage and anchovies, in your vegetable garden, amongst your flowers, or even in containers. And add to the fun by planting the ingredients in the shape of a pizza pie or just a slice.
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 Favorite Vegetables in a Container
Enjoy the convenience of planting, tending and harvesting fresh vegetables grown in pots on your patio, balcony or entryway.
Grow Your Own Corn on the Cob
Nothing beats fresh-from-the -garden corn on the cob. But this is one vegetable that takes up a lot of space for a small harvest.
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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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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.
Don’t let your sickly honeysuckle vine get you down. The abundance of beautiful flowers and hummingbirds that the goldflame, dropmore scarlet and other non-invasive honeysuckle vines attract, make it worth the occasional problems.
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Hot and Cold Weather Tomatoes
Don't let the weather ruin your tomato harvest. Select the variety best suited to your area.
House Centipedes, Nature's Pest Controller
Think twice before smashing that centipede you find scurrying across the basement floor. It's helping keep the bad bugs under control.
Inviting Spiders in the Garden and Managing Them in Your Home
Halloween, scary movies, and myths have given spiders a bad reputation. Don’t let this bad press scare you into destroying these garden helpers.
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Ketchup 'n Fries Tomato-Potato Plant for the Garden
Grow your own 'Ketchup 'n Fries' this season. This tomato grafted onto a potato plant is sure to be a hit in your garden.
Leaf Spot and Scorch on Strawberries
Keep your strawberry patch healthy and productive with proper care and cleanup.
Love Apples for Valentine's Day
Change things up this Valentine's Day and consider a meal that includes the love apple.
Managing Boxelder Bugs
Black and orange bugs congregated on the sunny side of your house in fall are likely boxelder bugs. They are not harmful to plants and people, but certainly are annoying.
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.
Maximize Your Sweet Corn Harvest
Nothing beats fresh from the garden corn on the cob. But this is one vegetable that takes up a lot of space for a small harvest. Each plant usually produces just one ear of corn. A healthy pest free plant may produce two. So get the most out of your harvest with proper planting and care.
More Herbs, Less Salt Day (August 29)
Put away the saltshaker and season your meals with herbs instead.
Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles Move Indoors
As seasons change many insects are looking for a sheltered space to spend the winter. This includes the multi-colored Asian Lady beetles that can become a nuisance when moving into and congregating in your home for the winter.
National Acorn Squash Day
Bake it, broil it, microwave it or stuff it– acorn squash that is. And if you didn't grow your own, visit the Farmer's Market and buy it.
National Bloody Mary Day - Ode to Lovage
January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day. As you start the New Year consider growing all the ingredients, including the straw, in this year's garden.
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National Gardening Exercise Day
It's National Gardening Exercise Day, so get out and workout in your garden today!
Nature's Pest Manager, the Soldier Beetle
Stop, don't smash that insect. Take a closer look, it may be one of the beneficial insects helping keep garden pests under control.
No Tomatoes? Check the Weather
No fruit on your tomato plants? Blame it on the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm sunny conditions; but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting fruit.
Organic Pest Control Products
Consider organic pest products when you need to manage weeds, insects and diseases in the garden.
Orienting the Rows in Your Veggie Garden
North to south, east to west – does it matter how you orient the rows in your garden?
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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Plant a Pollinator Garden
Give nature and your garden a helping hand this season by planting a pollinator garden.
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.
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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Protect Plants and Containers from Squirrels
Squirrels dig up bulbs, munch on tomatoes and damage containers and hanging baskets. You'll need a variety of techniques and some luck to win the battle with these varmints.
Prune Out Raspberry Pest Problems
Put away the chemicals and break out the pruners to control pest problems on raspberries.
Safely Store Landscape Products
Whether you’ve gone organic or use traditional fertilizers and pest management products you need to store them properly for safety’s sake and their longevity.
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Save Money and Still Have a Big Tomato Harvest
Whether you have a large or small planting budget, the more you save on each project means the more projects you can do.
Scarlet Lily Beetle
Holes in lily leaves may mean the scarlet lily leaf beetle has moved into your garden.
Space Saving Vegetable Gardening Tips
Don’t panic if your garden plans are bigger than the available planting space. I have some space saving techniques that can help you get the most out of your landscape.
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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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Strawberry Celebration Days
What do June 9th, 14 and the 25th have in common? They're all food celebrations that include strawberries.
Summer Pruning of Raspberries
A bit of summer pruning goes a long way to keeping your raspberries healthy and productive. So get out the mosquito netting, long sleeves and pruners and get busy.
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Tomato Growing Tips
Space challenged gardeners can grow tomatoes in containers. A 3 to 5 gallon pot is perfect for a single tomato plant skirted by a few flowers or herbs. Or try mixing a few tomatoes in with your shrubs and flowers.
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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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What's New: 2011 All-America Selections Winners (AAS)
Get your garden off to a winning start by including a few All-America Selections winners in this year’s garden.
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Wooly Aphids on Trees and Shrubs
Aphids come in a variety of colors and some, like wooly aphids, look pretty bizarre with their white stringy protrusions.
Wooly aphids are small pear shaped insects covered with waxy strands that make them look as though they are covered in white wool. The waxy strands help protect them from predators.