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Tips for the Fall Fruit Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Not only is fall a time for harvesting fruit, it is also a time to perform activities to keep your fruit plants, trees and bushes healthy and productive for the coming year. Unless it is a must because of disease, damage or for removal of dead …

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Tomato Troubleshooting

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Cracking fruit, yellowing foliage and wilting leaves.  Sound familiar?  These are just a few common challenges to growing tomatoes, but oh the taste of those homegrown beauties right off the vine is so worth going head to head with the challenges.  Consider these tips when growing …

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Window Box Gardening

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Window boxes can add cheer to the exterior of your home no matter what season of the year it is.  They can be amazingly versatile, cuttings of evergreens with some berries and pine cones during the winter, daffodils for the spring, chrysanthemums and pumpkins in the …

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Growing Chives

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Chives are a member of the lily family and are grown for the many uses of their leaves and flowers.  Both onion and garlic chives are grown and used much alike.  The hollow, round leaves of onion chives, as the name implies, gives an onion …

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Grow Some Garlic

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Garlic, a member of the onion family, has been grown for thousands of years to be used as a food, a spice and a medicine. There are two varieties, softneck and hardneck.  The neck in the name refers to the stalk that grows up from …

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Late Blight

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Late blight is a major foliar disease caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans.  It was responsible for the devastating potato famine that occurred in Ireland in the mid 1800’s.  This disease is not seen very often but if it is left unmanaged, it can completely destroy potato …

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Crabgrass or Quackgrass

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       No matter what the differences are in these two weeds, they are both a pain in my lawn and although they look somewhat alike, there are differences. Quackgrass is a cool season (cold hardy) perennial weed which means it will grow back every year.  It …

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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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