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    Impatiens Downy Mildew

    Last growing season, you may have experienced difficulties growing impatiens in your garden. You were certainly not alone.   After much speculation and a great deal of research, it was determined the cause was a fungal disease called Downy Mildew.The problem originated a few years ago in the southern region of the country and is […]

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    Applying Mulch

    Applying mulch around trees, shrubs and other plants in your yard keeps the soil cool and moist and helps plants grow. Mulches also help control weeds by denying light to their seeds. They reduce the speed of water evaporation, simultaneously insulating plants from drastic temperature changes. Mulches can be great for providing a tidy, uniform […]

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    Attracting Butterflies

    Butterflies can be seen in a variety of bright colors, making them a welcome guest in any garden. They are attracted to any garden with brightly-colored flowers that are rich in nectar. When possible, locate flowering plants in a sunny, protected area as butterflies need sunlight to stay warm. Also, avoid using pesticides in that […]

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    Attracting Hummingbirds

    A hummingbird garden can be as simple as a flower box or several containers on a deck, or as elaborate as a large perennial border. The height of the plants chosen is important to vary the space around blooms, allowing the hummingbirds to hover. The goal is to have some flowers in bloom at all […]

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    Beneficial Bugs

    There are many insects crawling around in our gardens which perform vital duties and help them grow. These naturally beneficial bugs perform valuable services such as pollination as well as pest control. Using these insects to control pests has been a common practice for many years now and is regularly implemented by many experienced gardeners. BENEFICIAL […]

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    Beneficial Nematodes

    Nematodes are tiny worm-like organisms, most of which are found living naturally in soil. They attack and kill soil-dwelling and boring insects such as weevils, grubs, beetles, maggots and cutworms. Nematodes are desirable to use since they do not endanger people, pets or even earthworms. Using living, natural biological control agents sustains and augments the […]

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    Cactus Care

    How much should I water my cactus? During the growing season, a cactus should be watered thoroughly and allowed to completely dry out between watering. The easiest way to check for soil moisture is to extend a slender object to the bottom of the soil and check for any damp soil clinging to it as […]

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    Composting

    Adding compost to any garden bed will dramatically enhance the fertility, texture and aeration of the soil and feed the billions of critters living in it whose activities create plant nutrients. The process of composting is achieved by combining organic waste such as dead leaves, grass clippings and vegetable scraps which are then broken down […]

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    Deer

    Deer are creatures of habit. Once they establish a feeding area, it is very difficult to keep them away. It is therefore important to take preventative measures so that deer don’t get in the habit of visiting your yard and/or garden. Some common methods include putting up fences, homemade and chemical repellents, and planting things […]

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    Forcing Bulbs

    Forcing bulbs is a popular way of stimulating them to bloom out of season. Among the most commonly forced bulb flowers are amaryllis, paperwhite narcissus and hyacinths. Although there are specially-designed containers for bulbs such as hyacinths and paperwhites, almost any container will suffice. The best soil mix for forcing bulbs should contain equal parts […]

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