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Preparing Garden Soil for Spring

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by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

 

As I have been cleaning up my garden recently the thought came to me that I need to plant a cover crop before cold weather sets in.  It is important,prepping-soil that to have a healthy garden, you need to take good care of the soil in it that works so hard to grow all the great veggies it  produces.  Fall is an excellent time to prepare garden soil for spring for several reasons.

There is a chance that in the spring soils remain too wet to “work” for long periods.  Amendments added in fall have time to incorporate before spring.

Removing the ...

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Cover Crops

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you would like to increase the amount of organic matter in your garden soil, planting a cover crop would be a good beginning.  A cover crop can be small grains, legumes or grasses and are usually planted in the fall and then tilled under in the …

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Fall Lawn Care

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Applying fertilizer is one of the most important procedures done as far as lawn care goes as it influences grass color, helps it deal with stress and prevents weed invasion and disease. Two important factors to consider when applying a fertilizer are when and how much.  Use …

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Fungi in Mulch

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Each spring I like to spread a fresh layer of mulch on my flower beds.  As you may know mulch helps conserve moisture in the soil, keeps weeds at bay, keeps the soil temperatures lower in the summer and insulates the plant roots in the winter. …

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Fall Webworm, Bagworm and Tent Caterpillars

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       People have nothing on bugs when it comes to using bags and tents for protection while sleeping.  Some caterpillars have similar methods to protect them from the elements and from the voracious appetites of birds. The Eastern Tent Caterpillar appear early in the season, usually in …

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42 Signs You’re From Shipshewana, Indiana

1. You know how to pronounce “Shipshewana.” And it’s not “Shipshewan-ee” or “Sip-se-wana.” 2. You don’t have to pinch your nose at the smell of manure. To you, it’s just “good, fresh country air.” 3. Your driver’s education training included learning how to pass buggies and bicycles. 4. Rush hour is on Tuesdays & Wednesdays during …

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The Basics of Tomato Flavor

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   There are plenty of fresh tomatoes to be had this time of year.  What makes the best tasting tomato?  Well, that all depends on what your taste buds prefer and a blend of plant chemistry and garden variables such as temperature, soil, rain and sun. Tomato flavor …

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End of Season Color

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Your flower gardens may tend to not look their best by mid to late August.  It’s hot and dry and many perennials may be finished blooming now.  The coneflower may just be what you need to perk up that garden.  They all have a similar type of flower …

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Japanese Beetles

by Karen Weiland       Japanese beetles are one of the most aggressively damaging insect pests of landscape plants and turf grass.  Japanese beetle(Popillia japonica) larvae are a type of white grub that feeds on the roots of grass and the adult Japanese beetles eat the leaves and flowers on more than 300  plant …

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