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Vegetable Gardening Tips

Healthy soil, 8 to 10 hours of sunlight a day and having a plan will get you started out on the right foot when planting your vegetable garden. Organic gardening and using “green” practices are a popular part of many gardeners plans. Plants such as marigolds can deter pests in the garden.  Try planting borage …

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. …

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.  …

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 …

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 …