Horticulture News

Fertilizing Annuals

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Today’s summer flowering annuals have been bred to produce blossoms over an extended period of time. Because of this, if can be very beneficial to provide additional fertilizer throughout the growing season. This can be done either by the application of liquid fertilizer or by sidedressing plants with granular fertilizer. Sidedressing is simply adding fertilizer…

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Lawn Mowing Height

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Most individuals mow their lawns when it gets “too high” or when it starts looking shaggy.  Have you ever wondered how to determine the best to mow the lawn?  Ideally the lawn gets mowed when no more than one third of the grass blade will be removed.  This means that if your lawn mower is…

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Butterfly Magnets

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Watch Les Parks as he shows you what plants are magnets for butterflies. Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Butterfly House is amazing.  Visitors can have an up-close encounter with caterpillars and butterflies. it’s also a great compliment to the Bristow Butterfly Garden.  Come see for yourself!


Fireflies

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Have you seen the fireflies, or lightning bugs depending on which part of the country you are from, flying around your yard recently? They are quite fascinating, even magical appearing, having inspired all types of legend and lore. Fireflies are a beetle in the order Coleoptera. There are many different species and their defining characteristic…

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Pokeweed

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Here is some information about pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) that was recently posted by the Kansas State University Extension Horticulture Division.  These plants are becoming increasingly apparent at this time of year in gardens and along roadsides.  Some of you may remember when this plant received a fair amount of airtime when Elvis Presley recorded 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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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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