Is It True Peonies Need Ants To Bloom?

Peonies have been especially beautiful this year. They make a great cut flower, except for a few ants that hitchhike indoors. You don’t have to search far to locate ants on the plump, round flower buds of peonies. Is it true that ants are required for peony flower buds to open normally, or is it…
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Garden Weeds – If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em

I’ve always hesitated to eat weeds, although I was told they’re delicious. I’ve spent the better part of my life eradicating purslane, pigweed and lamb‘s quarters. Even if they’re edible, I’ve considered them dietetically unclean. Who knows where those weeds have been. Everyone knows dandelions can be eaten, and many of us have given them a…
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New Hardy Perennial Mums

Well, I certainly can’t keep mum about this. A new series of perennial mums (short for chrysanthemum) has proven winter hardy in our USDA Zone 4, and possibly into Zone 3. Mums are the most spectacular of fall-blooming perennial flowers, often blossoming until the snow flies. But winter hardiness has always been such a problem…
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Boost Tomato Growth With These June Tips

Would you eat a new fruit if someone told you it was poisonous? How about just a little taste to check out its flavor? No? I wouldn’t either. Neither did our European ancestors when confronted with the new-fangled Central American fruit called the tomato. For over 200 years it was grown in European gardens as…
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What’s Causing The Bumps On Area Maple Leaves?

Homeowners are finding bumps and tumor-like growths on their maple leaves. Although we see this disorder every year, the problem started earlier than usual this season. The green, reddish-green or red bumps are symptoms of maple leaf gall, caused by the feeding of tiny mites. Adult mites become active as leaf buds open in spring. As mites feed on developing leaves, hormones…
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