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2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Winners
As you plan your gardens for 2014, be sure to include a few or all of the All-America Selection Flower Winners. They are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
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Budget-wise and Eco-friendly Seed Starting
Don’t let a tight budget stop you from starting seeds indoors. Get creative and involve the whole family in the process.
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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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Caring for Garden Fresh Cut Flowers
Bring a bit of your garden’s beauty indoors for all to enjoy. Fresh cut flowers right from the garden make everyday a special occasion.
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Check Stored Seeds for Viability
Don’t discard those left over seeds from last season. When properly stored, many seeds can last for years, saving you money when you plan and plant this year’s garden.
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Damping Off Disease
Don’t let past problems starting plants from seeds prevent you from partaking in this fun and budget-wise garden activity. A clean start and proper care can be the difference between success and failure.
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Dangling Sunflowers Caused by Sunflower Headclipping Weevil
It's not vandals or strong winds that broke the broken stem of your sunflowers. It may be the work of the sunflower headclipping weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus).
Dealing with Small Seeds
Carrots, lettuce, begonia and other small seeds can be difficult to plant at the proper spacing. Reduce wasting seeds and time spent thinning seedlings.
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Family Fun Feeding the Birds
Plants are the easiest way to bring birds into your landscape, but you may want to increase the number and diversity of winged visitors by supplementing with a few feeders.
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Fold Your Own Origami Paper Pots
Recycle your old newspapers into biodegradable pots for starting seeds this year. It is a money-saving activity the whole family will enjoy.
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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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Gardening on a Budget
We are all looking for ways to make our dollars go further. And that includes landscaping and gardening projects.
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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Growing Onions from Seed
Give them a chill and stop the tears. Cooling your onions and cutting into the root end last reduces the tear inducing impact of the onions sulfuric compounds. And consider improving the flavor and fun by growing your own onions from seed.
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Heat Loving Annuals for the Garden and Containers
Give summer gardens and container plantings a boost by incorporating a few heat-loving annuals.
Heat Stall: Caring for Non-blooming Annuals
As the temperatures rise many annuals slow down or stop flowering. Don’t let heat stall stop you from enjoying your summer garden.
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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National Garden Month
April is National Garden Month, so plan some fun gardening activities into this month's schedule.
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.
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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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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Prepare Ahead for Garden Center Shopping on Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is filled with parades, memorials, picnics, gardening and a trip or two to the garden center. All the new and beautiful plants, stacks of pots and bags of growing supplies can be overwhelming for both the experienced and new gardener.
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.
Sealed Lid Seed Sprouting
Increase seed starting success and fun with the sealed lid method my friend and horticulturist Bob Polomski learned from his father.
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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.
The Memorial Day Poppy
Memorial Day weekend may prompt visions of the red poppy known as Flanders or corn poppy. This beautiful flower inspired the poem In Flanders Fields and is now the symbol of the American Legion.
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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.
Move overcrowded seedlings to larger containers once they have two sets of true leaves.
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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