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6 Myths to Keeping Group Travelers Happy

By Lora Gates


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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Don’t know what to do with that Christmas tree?  Recycle it!  If you have used a live tree this Christmas, take the time to give it another use.  Live trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled. Most Counties have free drop-off …

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Protecting Pollinators Publications

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       For many of us gardeners, the winter season is a time of rest, planning and reading.  We settle ourselves   back into the easy chair with a throw across our lap, a warm beverage in our cup and a stack of seed catalogs and gardening books to …

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Hold The Salt Please

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Too much salt in a person’s diet can cause problems. Here in our northern climate the same can be true for plants located near sidewalks and roadways. While they all set out to do the same job, some of the deicing materials on the market today …

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When to Prune Hydrangeas

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       One of the questions I get asked the most is when to prune hydrangeas.  Hydrangeas do not need to be cut back to live a long, floriferous life, however, there may be times that it will need to be trimmed.  Knowing what type of plant you …

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Are You Throwing Away Gold?

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     By this time of year you are probably tired of raking and disposing of all those leaves.  Well, leaves do not have to be a burden as they can be turned into a valuable soil enhancing material through composting.  Believe it or not, there’s treasure to …

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Woolly Bears

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardner     The following article was written by my fellow master gardener (Gold Level), Gwen Rinker. “These fuzzy caterpillars are famous for crossing roads and your driveway in autumn and for their alleged ability to predict the weather.  As soon as the weather gets chilly you can usually …

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Winterizing Roses

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Roses are one of the oldest and most popular garden flowers grown.  Even though there is a plethora of information available on growing roses, my experience has been through trial and error.  When winterizing, your main concern is protecting your roses from extended periods of weather …

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Bringing Houseplants Indoors for the Winter

    by Karen Weiland     If you place your houseplants outdoors for the summer, it’s time to be bringing them indoors.  A gradual reintroduction to the indoors is best as conditions differ widely between indoors and out.  The sudden changes that take place with humidity, temperature and light can have detrimental effects on …

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