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Easter Lily

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Did you get an Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum) and want to see if you can grow it in your garden?  Though not always reliable, you may have success with the following guidelines. Set out in the garden after the flowers have faded, remove the flower stalk so it does not go to seed. Choose a…

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Is It a Product of Genetic Engineering (ge) or a Genetically Modified Organism (gmo)?

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The terms Genetic Engineering (GE) and Genetically Modified Organisim (GMO) are often used interchangeably in the media.  However, there is a difference.  GE refers to a high-tech genetic engineering processes that are used to incorporate genes from one organism directly into another.  This is done by using recombinant DNA techniques that bring together genetic material…

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Forcing Woody Plants for Indoor Bloom

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There are a number of plants that you can force into bloom for indoor display. Three of the easiest are forsythia, pussywillow, and flowering quince.  Prune branches that you wish to force on a day that is above freezing.  The branches should be 3 feet long or less and placed into a bucket of water…

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Earth Kind Roses

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Hybrid tea roses are the darling of avid rosarians because of their spectacular blooms, rich, deep green foliage and repeat blooming qualities.  At the same time, they are the bane of the casual home gardener who sees them as a maintenance nightmare requiring a rigorous regimen of watering, fertilization and pesticide application. Rose beauty and…

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Ornamental Pepper

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An annual that you might want to check out for your garden this coming season is the new Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Olive’, (Capsicum annuum ‘Black Olive’)  It went through nation-wide testing last year in All America Selections trial gardens and was reported as a standout, especially in southern gardens where heat was a major factor. …

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Year of the Tomato and Zinnia

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The National Garden Bureau has recently announced that 2011 is the Year of the Tomato for vegetables and the Year of the Zinnia for flowers. Each year since 1982, the National Garden Bureau has selected a flower and a vegetable for its “Year of the” program.  Selection is based on the ease of growth of…

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Twig Girdlers

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About this time of year you will begin to see damage from twig girdlers.  Oak is usually the primary host although other trees include elm, linden, hackberry, apple, pecan, persimmon, poplar, sour gum, honey locust, dogwood and some flowering fruit trees.  There will be fallen twigs, sometimes up to 3 feet long. The most likely…

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Dividing Daylilies

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For the healthiest growth and most abundant bloom, you should divide daylilies every three to four years.  They can be divided in early spring growth starts, but it is more common to divide them in late summer.  Daylilies have a tough root system that can make them difficult to divide.  Although plants can be divided…

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Tomatoes and High Temperatures

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The color of your tomatoes can be affected by high temperatures.  Red pigments don’t form properly when temperatures rise above 95 degrees F.  The orange and yellow pigments are not similarly affected.  The result is often orange-colored tomatoes rather than the usual “tomato red”.  There is no reduction in the edibility or taste of the…

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Tomato Cracking

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Tomatoes cracking, which usually occurs on the upper part of the tomato can be either concentric (in concentric circles around the stem) or radial (radiating from the stem).  The problem is often caused by pressure inside the fruit that is more than the skin can handle.  Although a definitive reason for cracking is not known,…

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