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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Fall Webworm, Bagworm and Tent Caterpillars

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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