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DIY Succulent Soil

Succulents are very popular plants with their wonderful shapes and colors and they are drought tolerant to boot. I have found that not just any soil will make them happy. Ordinary potting soil holds too much moisture for these plants so I have taken to making my own mix. It is cheaper than purchasing commercially …

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Fall Lawn Care

Applying fertilizer is one of the most important procedures done as far as lawn care goes, as it influences grass color, helps it deal with stress and prevents weed invasion and disease.  Two important factors to consider when applying a fertilizer are when and how much.  Use Labor Day and Halloween as a guideline for …

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August Gardening

I consider August as the last month of summer. A time when the gardens are overflowing with produce and almost everything is lush and beautiful.    Late July and early August can be a bit dry due to little, if any, rainfall. There are some perennials in my gardens that tend to look a bit ragged …

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Pruning Tomato Plants

The main goal of pruning and staking tomatoes is to keep the fruits off the soil and promote air circulation within the foliage of the plant. Pruned plants produce bigger and earlier fruits because more of the plant energy is channeled into fruit production and ripening and not into the branches and leaves.  Pruning is …

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Anthracnose in Tomatoes

Anthracnose can be a major problem in growing tomatoes.  There are three steps to understanding and managing this disease.  First, you need to understand how the disease cycle works.  Second, you need to know how to recognize the symptoms and third, you need to know how to apply good cultural practices to avoid this disease.  …

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