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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Grow Some Garlic

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Garlic, a member of the onion family, has been grown for thousands of years to be used as a food, a spice and a medicine. There are two varieties, softneck and hardneck.  The neck in the name refers to the stalk that grows up from …

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Late Blight

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Late blight is a major foliar disease caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans.  It was responsible for the devastating potato famine that occurred in Ireland in the mid 1800’s.  This disease is not seen very often but if it is left unmanaged, it can completely destroy potato …

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Crabgrass or Quackgrass

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       No matter what the differences are in these two weeds, they are both a pain in my lawn and although they look somewhat alike, there are differences. Quackgrass is a cool season (cold hardy) perennial weed which means it will grow back every year.  It …

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