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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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Garden Tools

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     No matter how large or small your garden, there are certain things you should know about garden tools.  First, do not skimp on quality.  Generally, the more pricey tools will last longer unless you accidentally throw them out with the weeds.  Believe me, at that point …

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DIY Portable Watering System

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Getting water to remote garden areas can be a real pain.  Unrolling and rolling up 150 to 200 feet of garden hose is not a fun job, especially if you have to do it several times a week.  I use a portable watering system at work …

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Toad Lily

  by Karen Weiland, Advacned Master Gardener       Tricyrtis is a genus in the lily family more commonly known as toad lilies.  They are native to Asia, and of the sixteen to twenty species, only two (and their hybrids) are commonly grown as garden plants.  They are an herbaceous perennial that will lend …

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Storing your Apple Harvest

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” a fruit vendor said to me as he was trying to get me to purchase a bushel of his red beauties.   I thought to myself that I would never be able to eat all of those apples …

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Chrysanthemums

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I love when the leaves start to change color and the fall weather brings us cooler temperatures.  Although I enjoy the warmth of summer, the change from heat and humidity feels good.  Speaking of fall color, the chrysanthemum is prized for infusing the landscape with vibrant …

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