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Knowledge To Grow – 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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Knowledge To Grow – Managing Crabgrass

Crabgrass, a summer annual, appears in the lawn as a light green, weedy plant and can be eliminated with or without chemicals.  One of the best non-chemical lawn care practices to prevent the invasion of crabgrass or any other weed is to mow at the correct height.  Setting your mower to a height of 2 …

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Water Wicking Potted Plants

Watering seems like such a simple task, however if it is not done correctly the plant will suffer.  Wick watering reduces the number of times a pot will need to be attended to each week and it provides vacationers with ease of mind when gone for a period of time. Wick watering is done by …

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Knowledge To Grow – African Violet Care

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 below this will reduce blooming. They like strong, bright …

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Knowledge To Grow – Hellebores

Most Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, are an easy care plant and are a must have in my garden.  They are very hardy plants, grown in zones 4 – 8 and will survive some of the worst weather Mother Nature can throw at them.  Hellebores are primarily European natives, growing in open meadows in …

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Knowledge To Grow – Seedling Damping Off

So you have selected the seeds, carefully planted them in their pots, watered them, kept them warm, watched them germinate and start their growing process and then, one by one, fall over, shrivel up and die. This horticultural disease is called damping off.  It is caused by soil borne fungi and it can occur before …

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Winterizing Strawberries

Guest blogger Karen Weiland tickles our fresh fruit fancy by instructing us on how to winterize our strawberries. Oh my…fresh berries…can’t wait for them to arrive! Read on for Karen’s instructions…. Applying a protective layer of mulch to strawberries is probably one of the last gardening chores to be done before settling in to the …

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