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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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Winterizing Strawberry Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     As temperatures move closer to freezing and below, don’t forget to protect next season’s strawberry crop by giving those plants a nice cover of mulch. The main threat to strawberry plants during the winter months are cold temperatures, excessive drying of the crowns and the repeated …

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Autumn Reminders

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Well it is that time of year where we gardeners look forward to a break from the work of watering and weeding but are also sad to see the end of our beautiful flowers and fresh produce. While harvesting the last of my tomatoes yesterday many …

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