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Watering Tips

by Teresa Odle I live in New Mexico, and our average annual rainfall is less than nine inches. The high desert air dries out plants quickly, especially when temperatures reach the 90s. Watering plants and lawns is essential, although also controversial. So the first rule of watering in dry climates is to select xeric plants for certain [...]

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Container Enthusiasm

By Teresa Odle It’s not just that I love pots, as I say every spring when I shop for herbs and ornamentals to fill the decorative containers that scatter our patios and lawn.  Container gardening has so many benefits that if I could, I’d grow just about everything in containers.  Here’s a partial list of the [...]

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Top 10 Most Wanted Garden Pests

by Teresa Odle Each year, American gardeners face frustrating problems with their edible or ornamental gardens. Many of these are caused by likable critters and others by creepy crawlers. Controlling pests requires a little knowledge and attention. Here are MasterGardening.com’s Top 10 garden pests and a few control tips: Deer can destroy an entire season of hard work in [...]

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Trellis Tips

by Teresa Odle If you’re like me, you prefer looking at a beautiful flowering vine to your neighbor’s garbage can. Even  when  you know and like your neighbors, you enjoy privacy in certain areas of your home and yard. A well-placed trellis can help provide privacy and it’s a practical tool for controlling growth of certain [...]

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Extend Your Growing Season

by Teresa Odle I don’t know about you, but I always have mixed feeling this time of year. Fall is my favorite season and probably the most beautiful one in most parts of the country. But it also signals the end of the season, time to bring in delicate plants and watch summer bloomers fade and [...]

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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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