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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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Fertilizing Perennials

Fertilizer supplies your plants with mineral nutrients which are “fed” to the plant through the soil.  Plants growing in soils that do not contain all the necessary minerals show nutritional deficiency symptoms such as yellow leaves, floppy stems and brown leaf margins.  One very important thing that I always stress when it comes to adding …

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Fairy Rings in Turfgrass

During the spring or summer you may have noticed rings of lush growing grass in the lawn. This ring is a turf disease called fairy ring. There are three kinds of fairy rings. One kind appears as lush growing grass, another as just a ring of mushrooms and the third one combines the lush grass …

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Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

Plants, like people, influence each other and some get along better together than others. The same kind of thing happens with plants in the garden with companion planting. Companion planting is when two or more crops are planted near each other with the theory that they help each other in nutrient uptake, better pest management, …

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Spring Gardening “things to do”

Spring is here and if you haven’t already begun, it’s time to get busy! The weak, diseased or damaged canes from raspberry plants should be removed before new growth starts. If you did not remove them last year, remove the old fruiting canes and shorten the remaining canes of they need it. Grapes need to …

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Harvesting Holiday Greens

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I like to add to the festive mood of the holidays by using some of my landscape greens to decorate my planters and window boxes.  Wreaths, swags, and garlands can all be made from plants that are commonly found in the home landscape. Some of the …

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10 Steps to Garden Success

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I’m sure many of you will be making seed choices for the upcoming garden planting season as you thumb through the pages of the gardening catalogs that will be landing in your mailbox soon.  Making good seed choices is but one of the many steps that …

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