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Fall is for Planting

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Most people are thinking of winding down their gardening for the season at this time of year.  For herbaceous annuals and perennials that is pretty much the case. However, the months of October and November can be a very good time to plant trees.  The main reason is that during the fall the warmer soils…

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Acorns are Edible

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Acorns are a favorite food of many wild animals including deer and squirrels.  Have you ever tried eating one?  If you have, you immediately become aware of the difference in the definition of edible and palatable!  Because of the high levels of tannin, they are quite bitter.  The acorns in the red oak group with pointed leaves…

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Leaching Houseplants

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Leaching Houseplants Fertilizers provide plants with the necessary nutrients for proper growth. The actual chemicals used are “plants foods” that are taken up by the roots are in the form of salts.  And, if too much fertilizer is applied it will “burn” plants by pulling all of the water out of the individual plant cells….

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Crabapples

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Crabapples Did you know that the difference between an apple and a crabapple is simply its size.  Crabapples, have fruits that are 2 inches or less in diameter.  Apples, often referred to as eating apples, dessert or table apples, are larger than 2 inches in diameter.  Crabapples, also referred to as “wild” apples, are the…

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Garden Spider

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Have you accidentally walked into a large sticky spider web recently? Or, have you seen a large yellow and black spider weaving an elaborate web somewhere in your garden or yard? Getting a web across the face is an uncomfortable inconvenience, but the spider is considered beneficial as it feeds on various insects and provides…

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Buttonweed

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This is the time of year that a weed, which has been there all along in your lawn, really becomes apparent.  It is Virginia buttonweed,  Diodia virginiana.  The leaves are 3/4” to 1 ½ ” long and the flowers look like small, four pointed stars.  Some of the leaves may be yellowed.  This is caused…

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Basil Plant

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Basil Plants Are your basil plants healthy and still producing dark green leaves for seasoning your food and making pesto? Or are they rather weak looking with yellowing leaves? If the former, be thankful and hope that they continue their good growth. If the latter, you are most likely experiencing a relatively new pest –…

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American Pokeweed

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American Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana August 2014 Have you come across a tall plant with large leaves and purple-black berries that hang in a clusters almost like grapes? It is American Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana. Pokeweed, which is native to the Eastern US, is an herbaceous perennial that can grow up to ten feet high, almost appearing…

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