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Knowledge To Grow – Japanese Beetles

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 species.  The adults are about 3/8” …

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Courtyard of Arts: Life in the Hen House

“Once upon a time, a cat and a dog and a mouse and a little red hen all lived together in a cozy little house….” When the hen asks her friends to help her plant some grains of wheat she had found, they all refuse: “Not I!” said the dog. “Not I!” said the cat. …

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Knowledge To Grow – Protecting Fruit from Bird Damage

Talk to any fruit growing gardener about bird damage and you will likely hear a variety of solutions to deter them.  Birds can do so much damage to fruit, especially once it is ripe.  Crows, starlings, grackles and blackbirds, to name just a few, are notoriously destructive to fruit.  Yes, they are just doing what …

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Knowledge To Grow – Monarchs and Milkweed

Lite and airy butterflies flitting about are a nice addition to any garden area.  To attract butterflies to your garden, it’s important to understand what it is that they most want out of life…food!  Well and a place to sun themselves out of the wind and a source of water. In recent times the Monarch …

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Knowledge To Grow – Using Native Plants in the Garden and Landscape

Plants that have lived naturally in our area for hundreds of years are adapted to our climate and landscape.  These plants are called natives and have existed for such a long time because of a complex set of checks and balances in our ecosystem. Some of the plants we see in our landscapes are brought …

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Knowledge to Grow Columbine Leaf Miner

The Columbine is a perennial plant which is available in a variety of flower colors, some even being bi-colored. After they are established, columbine plants are drought tolerant which makes them a good choice for rock or woodland gardens and require little care. These plants will tolerate a relatively sunny area but prefer to be …

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Knowledge To Grow – Growing and Using Sunflowers

In my opinion, the happy-face of the plant world is a big, beautiful, yellow sunflower.   They can be grown as a cash crop for their edible seed and oil or for the sunshine they add to a floral arrangement. Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) grow rather rapidly producing large, rough leaves and seed laden heads.   The yellow …

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Knowledge To Grow – Powdery Mildew

I would venture to guess that every gardener, at one point or another, is going to have an infestation of powdery mildew.  It is one of the most widespread and easily identifiable plant fungal diseases out there.  Fortunately, the symptoms of powdery mildew are usually worse than the actual damage and is rarely fatal to …

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Amish Weddings

During the first part of June, I happened to be driving past an Amish home on a dirt county road, on my way to visit Mahlon, my Amish friend who sometimes contributes to our blogs. At this house, dozens of buggies were parked in a field, and in the distance near the home, a huge …

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