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Winterizing Strawberries

Guest blogger Karen Weiland tickles our fresh fruit fancy by instructing us on how to winterize our strawberries.

Oh my…fresh berries…can’t wait for them to arrive!

Read on for Karen’s instructions….

Applying a protective layer of mulch to strawberries is probably one of the last gardening chores to be done before settling in to the winter season.

Next year’s buds have already been set by the plant and risk being destroyed if not properly protected from the harsh winter conditions that can occur in our zone 5 growing area.  Fully dormant flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 degrees F.  Not only can the buds be destroyed by the cold, but the alternate freezing and thawing that can occur can cause the roots to break and the plants to be lifted right out of the ground.  Applying a layer of mulch to strawberry plants will insulate them from the critically low temperatures which will minimize the soil heaving and decrease the desiccation of ...

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Seeds of History about Topeka Seed and Stove

Last week I wrote about local business Topeka Seed and Stove for our Business of the Month. This retailer, like so many in our area, is special because, not only does it reflect the long-held American ethic of hard work paying off, it also shares a long, vibrant history with its local culture. Topeka Seed …

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