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Viral Diseases of Raspberries

 

 

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

Red and black raspberries are vulnerable to a number of viruses and an infection can reduce yields by as much as 70 percent.  Mosaic, streak, leaf-curl and tomato ring-spot ...

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Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Plants, like people, influence each other and some get along better together than others.  Companion planting is when two or more crops are planted near each other with the theory that they help each other in nutrient uptake, better pest management, better pollination and higher yields. …

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Trimming Your Garden and Your Figure

by Karen Weiland, Master Gardener Many gardeners spend hours reading and researching how to make a healthier, more beautiful and productive garden.  But have you ever given any thought to how gardening can produce a healthier you?  I think the idea of gardening for exercise is one of the best kept secrets.  I enjoy it, …

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Garlic Mustard

by Karen Weiland, Advance Master Gardener Garlic mustard is considered one of the most invasive, non-native plants in Indiana.  This plant is self fertile and very hard to get rid of once it has established itself.  Non-native, invasive species are organisms brought to an area that have become serious environmental pests.  One reason for their …

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Tree Planting Basics

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener Arbor Day is on Sunday, April 28th an I cannot think of any better way to celebrate it than to plant a tree or two.  Along with adding beauty and value to ones home, trees also provide shade and wind protection for many years if given the proper start.   …

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Surfacing of Tree Roots

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       I’m sure all of you have witnessed, at one time or another, the buckling of concrete sidewalks and paved driveways due to roots from a nearby tree.  Tree roots will also sometimes surface in lawns, causing a nuisance when trying to mow the grass. There a …

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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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