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Gardening Gifts

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you have an interest in gardening, you’ll want the best possible tools for all of your garden tasks.  Gardening can be easier, more fun, efficient and maybe a bit safer with the right tools in your hand. Maybe you are looking for a gift for …

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Floating Row Covers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     While you are leafing through your seed catalogs this winter, check out what they have to offer in floating row covers.  Gardeners can satisfy their itch to get plants in the ground earlier in the spring and extend the growing season in the fall by using …

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Protecting Plants During Winter

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I know many of you are not thinking much about gardening this time of year, but winter weather has the potential to cause much damage to landscape plants. Here are a few steps that can be taken to prevent or minimize winter damage. Branches that normally …

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Growing Herbs in the Winter

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Even when our gardens are enjoying a winter nap beneath a blanket of snow, we can still enjoy the taste of fresh herbs right from our own kitchen. Herbs are plants that are used whole or in part for their flavor.  Cooking with herbs has taken …

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Overwintering Perennials in Containers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Growing perennials in containers is a very popular practice.   Containers do not provide the roots with the protection they need during cold weather.  A layer of mulch and snow can act as a blanket that protects perennials in containers during the winter months.  Snow in the …

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Garden Tools

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     No matter how large or small your garden, there are certain things you should know about garden tools.  First, do not skimp on quality.  Generally, the more pricey tools will last longer unless you accidentally throw them out with the weeds.  Believe me, at that point …

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DIY Portable Watering System

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Getting water to remote garden areas can be a real pain.  Unrolling and rolling up 150 to 200 feet of garden hose is not a fun job, especially if you have to do it several times a week.  I use a portable watering system at work …

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Toad Lily

  by Karen Weiland, Advacned Master Gardener       Tricyrtis is a genus in the lily family more commonly known as toad lilies.  They are native to Asia, and of the sixteen to twenty species, only two (and their hybrids) are commonly grown as garden plants.  They are an herbaceous perennial that will lend …

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Storing your Apple Harvest

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” a fruit vendor said to me as he was trying to get me to purchase a bushel of his red beauties.   I thought to myself that I would never be able to eat all of those apples …

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