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    Pruning, Deadheading, Pinching; Oh My!

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    Pruning For many gardening enthusiasts, pruning non-woody, herbaceous plants like annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables is not a common practice. However, a little “haircut” at planting time can make a huge difference in the health and vigor of your plants. Pruning influences growth, the abundance […]

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    Container Planting, Freedom to grow anything!

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    Planting above ground containers affords gardening aficionados tremendous flexibility in what can be grown verses in the ground garden beds that may be limited by location and light exposure. Anything that grows in the earth can be grown in containers of suitable size. You have […]

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    Hydrangeas: To Prune or not to Prune

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    When it comes to hydrangeas, the one questions most frequently asked is: why do my hydrangea not flower? Your hydrangeas may look healthy and full but still do not bloom. Many homeowners think it’s a soil nutrient or pH problem. More times than not, it’s […]

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    Amazon Warriors of the Insect World

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    Last week we talked about the tiny “sap sucking” spider mites and how to control them; this week we’ll tackle one of the more interesting group of insect pests. When things get hot, Aphid populations explode! They’re the Amazon Warriors of the insect world. During […]

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    It’s a Buggy Season

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    This summer’s excessive heat and the accompanying arid conditions (our home in Gates has had a major rain deficit this summer) that many people are experiencing is really stressing us out; it’s stressing out our plants as well. Plants that are under stress will have […]

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    Watering: A Goldilocks Dilemma

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    Proper watering is just about the most difficult challenge that gardeners face; especially this year with summer weather bringing record breaking heat and arid conditions that has lasted several weeks.   How a rain event works! When asked how often to water, or how much, I […]

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  • Vegetable Garden Talk

    The Time Has Finally Arrived To Plant Your Summer Vegetables

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    Memorial Day weekend is upon us and as everyone will tell you this is the time to plant your tomato and other vegetable seedlings. There are several important items to remember when planting tomatoes as well as other fruiting vegetables. Always plant into warmed soils. […]

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    The Name Says It All – Stink Bug

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    Chances are good that Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have overwintered somewhere in your house and you’re just starting to see them. May be your attic, basement, closets, or crawl spaces, almost any place they can hide where it’s dark and cool.  This nuisance pest originated […]

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    Herbs: Are You Going To Scarborough Fair?

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    I’m sure you remember the famous Simon & Garfunkel version of the old English ballad Scarborough Fair. It contains the refrain “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme” which was also the title of their well received 1966 album. These famous lyrics immortalized these four widely grown […]

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    Got Moss in Your Yard?

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    A yearly spring problem that virtually everyone has is an explosion of moss and other like weeds in lawns, ornamental beds, flower and vegetable gardens. This is due to the previous years above average precipitation. The reports of a moss invasion were everywhere last year […]

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