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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Animal Damage in Winter Landscape

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     There is a lot of work that gardeners put into planting and caring for trees and shrubs in the landscape.  One of the most annoying things you can see in the spring is plants that have been gnawed by mice or chewed on by deer and …

Spider Plant

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the easiest houseplants to maintain.  They have long, arching leaves, some reaching up to 18 inches long and the color can range from being plain green to a variegated green and white stripe.  They also produce stems with …

Late Winter Pruning

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Like most people, once March rolls around I am itching to get outdoors and get my hands in some dirt or on some tools. Late winter or early spring, before new growth appears, are considered the best times to prune most plants.  During this time a …

Preparing Garden Soil for Spring

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     As I have been cleaning up my garden recently the thought came to me that I need to plant a cover crop before cold weather sets in.  It is important, that to have a healthy garden, you need to take good care of the soil …