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Bulb Planting and Care

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Fall is the best time to plant hardy, spring blooming bulbs and properly preparing the planting site is a must.  Good soil drainage is important to healthy bulb life so if your soil contains clay, amending it with some compost, peat moss or other organic …

Dividing Perennials

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       One of the maintenance chores of growing perennials is that of dividing them when needed.  There is no set time to do it.  Some may need it every 3 – 5 years, some 8 – 10 years and some would rather not have you touch …

October Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Some may think that, with the arrival of the cooler weather of fall, garden duties become less.  I find that not so true.  There are still many things to do, including some planting for the next   growing season.  Planting garlic for next years  harvest, sowing …

Using Cover Crops in the Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you would like to increase the amount of organic matter in your garden soil, planting a cover crop would be a good beginning.  Nearly all garden soils need organic matter to  maintain the bacteria, fungi, earthworms and other forms of life needed to make it …

The Fall Lawn

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     A deep green, lush lawn is nice to look at but unfortunately does require some care to become that way.  Applying fertilizer is one of the most important procedures done as it influences grass color, helps it deal with stress and prevents weed invasion and disease. …

Tips for the Fall Fruit Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Not only is fall a time for harvesting fruit, it is also a time to perform activities to keep your fruit plants, trees and bushes healthy and productive for the coming year. Unless it is a must because of disease, damage or for removal of dead …

Tomato Troubleshooting

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Cracking fruit, yellowing foliage and wilting leaves.  Sound familiar?  These are just a few common challenges to growing tomatoes, but oh the taste of those homegrown beauties right off the vine is so worth going head to head with the challenges.  Consider these tips when growing …

Window Box Gardening

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Window boxes can add cheer to the exterior of your home no matter what season of the year it is.  They can be amazingly versatile, cuttings of evergreens with some berries and pine cones during the winter, daffodils for the spring, chrysanthemums and pumpkins in the …

Growing Chives

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Chives are a member of the lily family and are grown for the many uses of their leaves and flowers.  Both onion and garlic chives are grown and used much alike.  The hollow, round leaves of onion chives, as the name implies, gives an onion …