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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     While artificial Christmas trees can be dismantled and stored in a box until next year, a live Christmas tree will need to be disposed of somehow.  Don’t know what to do with that tree?  Recycle it!  If you have used a live tree this Christmas, take …

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Cole Crops vs Cold Crops

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Garderner     Have you ever listened to a garden speaker and heard he or she talk about cole crops…or was that cold crops?  The two words sound so much alike.  Did you leave wondering what the difference was?  Well, to clear up the confusion, there are both. Cold …

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Gardening Gifts

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you have an interest in gardening, you’ll want the best possible tools for all of your garden tasks.  Gardening can be easier, more fun, efficient and maybe a bit safer with the right tools in your hand. Maybe you are looking for a gift for …

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Floating Row Covers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     While you are leafing through your seed catalogs this winter, check out what they have to offer in floating row covers.  Gardeners can satisfy their itch to get plants in the ground earlier in the spring and extend the growing season in the fall by using …

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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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