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African Violet Care

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       African violets are one of my favorite houseplants.  Their care takes little effort, they do not take up a lot of space and they bless me during the winter with beautiful blooms. A pleasing temperature for these houseplants is 65 to 80 degrees.  Anything above or …

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Ornamental Grasses

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       For me ornamental grasses rank at the top of the easy to grow list.  Most grasses require minimal care, are very adaptable and will grow in poorer soils.  Grasses are so easy to use in many different areas of the landscape and garden as screens, accents …

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Sour Mulch

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Wood chips and bark nuggets have been used by gardeners for years as mulch around landscape plants.  Mulch is very beneficial to plants in that it prevents weed growth, evaporation of moisture in the soil, keeps the roots cool during the hot summer months and …

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Controlling Bindweed

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Many a gardener has had the displeasure of trying to rid their garden of a frustrating weed called bindweed.  Some people call it creeping Jenny or wild morning glory because, well, it looks like morning glory.  It can be rather difficult to control or even …

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Eliminating Weeds in the Garden

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       What is a weed?  People have different views on what is and is not a weed.  I see mullein as a beautiful plant with its fuzzy, silvery leaves and tiny yellow flowers.  I like to use them in my landscape around my potting shed.   My farmer …

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Shade Lovers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Say goodbye to dull shady spots and hello to wonderful color, texture and shape.  Not all shade is the same and can be broken down into 5 different categories. Dense shade means that no light reaches this area.  Full shade will last all day, such …

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Luring Winged Wonders

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Welcome butterflies to stay in your garden for every stage of their development.  Develop places for sunning, laying eggs, plant host plants for hungry caterpillars, add water sources and a safe place for metamorphosis. Most flowers or plants that attract butterflies need about 6 hours of …

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Pruning Tomato Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     The main goal of pruning and staking tomatoes is to keep the fruits off the ground and protect them from sunburn.  Pruned plants produce bigger and earlier fruits because more of the plant energy is channeled into the fruit production and ripening and not into the …

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Caring for Petunias in Hanging Baskets

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     A hanging basket of petunias is sure to reward you with a bounty of colorful blooms all summer, that is, if you take care of it properly. Watering and fertilizing is critical when it comes to caring for petunias in a hanging basket.  Keep in mind …

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