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Winter Watch – Prepare Your Garden

by Teresa Odle Winter’s on the way in most parts of the country. As the temperatures dip into the 40s or lower, it’s time to prepare perennials, bring in houseplants and do a little clean-up. There are two main considerations in preparing perennials. One is to help them remain hardy throughout the winter; the other is simple [...]

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Poinsettia: America’s Most Popular Flowering Potted Plant

Poinsettias are abundant over the holiday season. They make great hostess gifts and are often used in holiday decorating. The problem with poinsettias is that once the holidays are over they often end up in the trash with the wrapping paper and bows. But this doesn’t need to be the fate of this beautiful desert [...]

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Reader Question: Gnats on my African Violets.

Kim H. recently asked us a question that we thought we would share with all our readers. QUESTION: “I have gnats, I never had them till I potted 2 new African Violets this fall, and it was from a brand new bag of Miracle grow potting soil. Making me nuts!” ANSWER: African Violets are prone to Fungus [...]

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Maximize Growing Space with Intercropping

Gardening in small spaces can be a challenge and often gardeners result in choosing just a few plants to grow because of space limitations. This however does not need to be the case; a gardener can plant twice the plants in the same space using intercropping. Intercropping is when two or more crops are growing in [...]

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Gardener’s Agenda: February

Feeling the itch to sink your hands in the dirt? Well lucky for you spring is not far off and it’s time to get back in the garden. Here is a helpful list of gardening tasks to do this month. •  Keep bird feeders full until spring. You are their source of food while the ground is still frozen. •  Take inventory [...]

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Going to New Heights to Maximize Your Garden

One of the top trends in gardening for 2011 is vertical gardening. This space saving method is perfect for balconies, decks, patios, indoors, and gardens. Vertical gardening can also add privacy and is easy for those with arthritis or back problem, eliminating bending low to the ground. If your space is large or small you [...]

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Stem Coiling- A Leggy Tomato Solution

Last week in our company garden we transplanted the seedlings because they were outgrowing their seed tray. The onions and tomatoes were also looking a little leggy. The onions were easy to fix by just trimming the greens down to 3 inches. (You can use the greens in salads too!) The tomatoes were a little [...]

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Cash Crops: Getting the Biggest Bang For Your Buck in the Garden

Every gardening season there is always a debate on whether growing your own food really saves you money. The fact is that 84% of the price of your food goes to marketing. Gas prices are rising which effects all transported products prices. In turn food prices also get a bump up. Growing your own food is more [...]

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Don’t Be Found Guilty of Crepe Murder!

  Crape Murder We love getting questions here on our blog, through our website or on Facebook! Recently, Donna Leonhard Zimmerman asked us a question on Facebook page which we thought deserved its own posting: “Can anyone there tell me if my Crepe Myrtle will come back after my son cut it down to the ground earlier this [...]

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Rhubarb Mania: Catch the Fever

I don’t know about you but I have seen a bit of a trend in recent weeks. – Rhubarb! It’s everywhere I look. My rhubarb isn’t ready for picking yet but I like to be prepared so I have been collecting up rhubarb care tips, recipes and more. Rhubarb is a great spring vegetable that is [...]

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