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How to Handle Suckering Plants

Lilacs are known for what is called “sucker growth”.  This is when the plant sprouts new growth from the root system.  Some varieties are more prone to this than others, so to minimize suckering, choose varieties that generally sucker less.  Do some research before making your purchase. Generally, most trees and shrubs have the capability …

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Dealing With Spider Mites

Spider Mites  are 8 legged pests that can seriously threaten the health of plants.  They feed on plant leaves by piercing the tissue and sucking out the green liquid inside.    Spider mites are not fussy about what they feed on as they like both indoor and outdoor plants. There are many different kinds of spider …

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White Grub Destruction in Lawns

Does your lawn show wilting and browning of irregularly shaped areas?  If so you may have an infestation of white grubs.  There could be many reasons for lawn browning, especially in late summer when rainfall is not abundant.  White grubs feed on the roots of grass.  Check the root zone of affected areas by carefully …

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Controlling Bindweed

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 get rid of, but with some time and patience it …

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Rejuvenate an Old Asparagus Bed

I was recently asked how to rejuvenate an old, neglected asparagus bed. Asparagus beds, if taken care of properly, can produce for fifteen or more years. One of the biggest issues of poor producing asparagus beds is the competition for water and nutrients with weeds. Pull them, mow them off and/or spray them. Soft, moist …

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Vegetable Gardening Tips

Healthy soil, 8 to 10 hours of sunlight a day and having a plan will get you started out on the right foot when planting your vegetable garden. Organic gardening and using “green” practices are a popular part of many gardeners plans. Plants such as marigolds can deter pests in the garden.  Try planting borage …

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Growing Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potato is a warm weather vegetable and a native to Central and South America. The orange fleshed varieties are most commonly available in our area however some cultivars are white and red and are rich in vitamin A. Although they look a lot alike, the sweet potato is not related to the yam. …

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Growing Asparagus

Rich in iron, calcium, vitamin C and B vitamins, asparagus is one of the first crops to be harvested in the spring and if given the proper planting and care, an asparagus bed can be productive for 15 years or more. The asparagus bed should be located in a sunny area. It can tolerate a …

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Springtime Tent Caterpillars and Fall Webworm and Bagworm

People have nothing on bugs when it comes to using bags and tents for protection while sleeping.  Some caterpillars have similar methods to protect them from the elements and from the voracious appetites of birds. The Eastern Tent Caterpillar appear early in the season, usually in late April.  The egg masses are easy to spot …

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