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Managing Squash Bugs

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     An infestation of squash bugs (Anasa  tristis)can inflict quite a bit of damage in the garden.  They feed primarily on fruits such as pumpkins, melon and squash and can destroy the plant by sucking its sap from stems and leaves, causing the leaves to wilt and …

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Growing and Using Sunflowers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     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 …

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Organic Pest Control in the Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I have come into contact with gardeners who are seeking information on organic pest control for their gardens.  Their reasons range from wanting healthier options for their own consumption to environmental concerns. There are chemical free control methods that can be used to keep chemical use …

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Vertical Vegetable Gardening

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Whether your garden is large or small, you can make good use out of every inch of it by using vertical gardening techniques. Vertical vegetable gardening is simply the process of growing vining and climbing vegetables on an upright structure instead of horizontally on the ground.  …

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Creating a Cutting Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I like to grow flowers for the display of color they add to my landscape and I also like to grow them to cut, arrange in bouquets and bring into my house.  So therein lies my dilemma – I want cutting flowers but I do not …

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Supporting Peonies

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Peonies are a perennial favorite in my flower garden and were named the official flower for the State of Indiana in 1957. They grow and flower regularly, some for over 50 years and are quite capable of outliving the gardeners who plant them.  Have you ever driven …

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Monarchs and Milkweed

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     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 which is food, a place to sun themselves out of the wind …

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Seedling Damping Off

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     So you have selected the seeds, carefully planted them in their pots, watered them, kept them warm, watched them germinate and start their growing process and then, one by one, fall over, shrivel up and die.  This horticultural disease is called damping off.  It is caused …

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Hellebores

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Most Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, are an easy care plant and are a must have in my garden.  They are very hardy plants, grown in zones 4 – 8 and will survive some of the worst weather Mother Nature can throw at them.  Hellebores …

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