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Scale Insects

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Scale insects are sap-feeding insects named for the scale or waxy, shell-like covering that hides their bodies.  There are more than 60 different kinds that occur in Indiana and yet are many times not noticed or ignored until tree or shrub branches start to die.  When …

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Compost Tea

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Any gardener worth his or her salt knows the many benefits of a good compost.  But what about this stuff called compost tea?   Well, it is something you can use on your plants as a foliar application or as a soil drench and it’s a way …

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Anthracnose and Shade Trees

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     One of the duties of a Master Gardener is to volunteer to answer questions that are received by the Extension office during the absence of the Extension Educator.  I have taken on that job in the past and received quite a few questions to answer.  One …

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Managing Squash Bugs

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     An infestation of squash bugs (Anasa  tristis)can inflict quite a bit of damage in the garden.  They feed primarily on fruits such as pumpkins, melon and squash and can destroy the plant by sucking its sap from stems and leaves, causing the leaves to wilt and …

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Growing and Using Sunflowers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     In my opinion, the happy-face of the plant world is a big, beautiful, yellow sunflower.   They can be grown as a cash crop for their edible seed and oil or for the sunshine they add to a floral arrangement. Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) grow rather rapidly producing …

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Organic Pest Control in the Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I have come into contact with gardeners who are seeking information on organic pest control for their gardens.  Their reasons range from wanting healthier options for their own consumption to environmental concerns. There are chemical free control methods that can be used to keep chemical use …

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Vertical Vegetable Gardening

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Whether your garden is large or small, you can make good use out of every inch of it by using vertical gardening techniques. Vertical vegetable gardening is simply the process of growing vining and climbing vegetables on an upright structure instead of horizontally on the ground.  …

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Creating a Cutting Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I like to grow flowers for the display of color they add to my landscape and I also like to grow them to cut, arrange in bouquets and bring into my house.  So therein lies my dilemma – I want cutting flowers but I do not …

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Supporting Peonies

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Peonies are a perennial favorite in my flower garden and were named the official flower for the State of Indiana in 1957. They grow and flower regularly, some for over 50 years and are quite capable of outliving the gardeners who plant them.  Have you ever driven …

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