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Animal Damage in the Winter Landscape

There is a lot of work that gardeners put into planting and caring for trees and shrubs in the landscape.  One of the most annoying things you can see in the spring is plants that have been gnawed by mice or chewed on by deer and rabbits. It’s not too late to put into action a few things you can do this time of year to help protect plants from winter time feeding by animals.

Nutrients and water are shuttled through the plant in the bark, so when it is chewed off the plant suffers.  The more a trunk or branch is “girdled” (bark being removed) the less chance the plant has for survival.

Mice tend to live in tall grass or mulch around plants, so an easy fix would be to keep the mulch away from the trunk of a tree and to mow down the tall grass.  Mouse baits can be used but it is best to keep the bait contained in a small box with a 1 inch opening or an empty soda can so that larger animals and children cannot get to it.  Keep in mind that it is possible for pets to ...

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The Jolly Holly

During the bleak cold of winter, an evergreen can be a bit of colorful sunshine in an otherwise dreary landscape.  The Holly plant with its bright red berries has a long tradition of being used in holiday décor both inside and outside the home. In order to have red berries on your Holly bush, a …

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Knowledge to Grow – Spider Plant

During a visit to my daughters’ apartment last spring I noticed “Spidey” was looking a bit under the weather.  Droopy, brown leaf tips and rather pale, she asked me if I would take it home for some plant doctoring.  I said I would of course as I cannot take seeing a plant in pain.  “Spidey” …

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November Gardening Reminders

Mixed feelings abound this time of year for many of us gardeners as we look forward to a break from the work of pruning, watering and weeding, but are also sad to see the end of our beautiful flowers and fresh produce.  While cleaning up my garden yesterday some other fall “things to do” came …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: “Wake Up America”

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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Differences Between Tubers, Corms, Rhizomes and Bulbs

Many people use the word bulb as a type of “blanket term” to include tubers, corms and rhizomes.  Botanically speaking, they are not all the same.  Actually the term “geophyte” refers to all of those different kinds of “bulbs”. They are all underground storage units ready to come to life when the time is right.  The …

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Garden Sanitation

After cold temperatures set in, most gardeners are nestled in their warm homes thumbing  through gardening magazines and dreaming of next years’ garden.  If good sanitation is not done this fall, the nasty’s that are left in the garden may come back to wreak havoc next planting season.  Pull on the thermals and get your …

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