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Caring for your Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a popular holiday gift and also a subject of discussion amongst gardeners as to how to care for it and what it takes to make it bloom.  It always helps to know the origin of a plant to understand what makes it tick. This plant is a succulent, tropical type of …

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Stokes Aster Flowers

When giving some thought recently about fall-blooming, perennial flowers the ever-popular chrysanthemum or mums as they are usually called, was the first to come to mind. However, there is another flower that is a fall bloomer called Aster. There are many different kinds with varying heights and flower colors. They are easy to grow and …

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Asian Lady Beetle

Is Something Bugging You?                           Gardeners, farmers and orchardists consider lady beetles to be a beneficial insect because they feed on plant pests.  While there is no doubt that the Asian lady beetle is helping to control aphid and scale infestations outdoors, home owners are not as enchanted by the little pest finding their way indoors.  …

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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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