Horticulture News

Spring Bulb Care

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Spring flowering bulbs are one of the true joys of this time of year.  In order to keep them as healthy as possible here is a simple three-step procedure for proper care. Remove the spent flowers so that the plant’s resources will go into bulb growth and energy for bloom next year rather than into…

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Fungus Gnats

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Do your house plants have little mosquito-like insects occasionally, or regularly, flying around them?  If you experience these little plant pests, your potted plants most likely have fungus gnats.  Fungus gnats are small insects (1/8 to 1/10 inch long) that are common in high-organic-matter houseplant soils that are kept moist. These insects do not bother…

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Companion Planting

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Have you ever wondered if companion planting really works?  In case you are unfamiliar with the concept, companion planting is a procedure that consists of planting two types of plants close to one another with the belief that it can naturally reduce pest problems.  One example is planting catnip with cabbage to reduce worm damage…

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Planning for the Spring

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Despite ice on the bird bath and the ongoing cold temperatures, spring is on the way.  You should be receiving the spring catalogues in your mailbox soon, if you have not already, and dreams of the “perfect” garden may already have you completely forgetting about any less than bumper crops and fully floriferous flower gardens…

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Winterizing Power Equipment

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Late fall and winter weather brings the end of using most gasoline powered garden equipment.  Mowers, tillers and garden tractors should have their engines winterized if you plan to store them unused until next spring. Winterizing is a fairly straightforward process.  First, run the equipment out of gas or treat the existing gas with a…

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Cicada Killers

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Have you seen any flying insects lately that look like giant yellow jackets?  If you have, they are most likely the eastern cicada killer, Sphecius speciosus.  Actually it is considered a beneficial insect because it helps to regulate cicada populations. This wasp gets its common name from the fact that it hunts cicadas, which becomes…

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Leaf-Spot Diseases on Tomato

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Septoria leaf spot and early blight are two leaf-spot deases on tomatoes that start showing up about this time of year.  Both of these diseases are characterized by brown spots on the leaves. Despite their names, Septoria leaf spot usually appears earlier in the season than early blight. Septoria produces small dark spots whereas the…

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Carpenter Bees

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Carpenter bees may very well be swarming around outside your homes about now.  They resemble bumble bees but have bare abdomens that are a shiny black to iridescent green. In the spring these bees, which overwinter as adults, are emerging and looking for mates. The male bees can be rather aggressive and may “dive bomb”…

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A Better Tasting Tomato

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We can all agree that some tomatoes certainly taste better than others.  Science has now apparently determined why – a compound known as furaneol.  Not only has this compound been identified, it is in higher concentrations in tomatoes that taste better – particularly heirloom varieties, but the gene that controls the level of furaneol has…

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