Do You See Yourself In These Quirky Gardening Traits?

Artist Claude Monet said his greatest masterpiece was his garden. Mark Twain was more homespun when he suggested a cauliflower is nothing more than a cabbage with a college education. Much is said about gardening. Have you ever wondered if other gardeners have similar thoughts and idiosyncrasies as you? Maybe you’ve experienced the old adage…
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Preventing Vole Damage To Lawn And Landscape

What destructive creature attacks the widest range of plants around the yard and garden? No, it’s not rabbits – they’re destructive, but they don’t bother the lawn. It’s not deer either – they’re annoying to gardeners, but they rarely eat the roots of perennials, seldom chew potato tubers and don’t upset lawngrass. Slugs nibble leaves,…
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My Favorite Fall-Colored Landscape Shrub

There are so many landscape shrubs that brighten autumn with rich colors, that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Sumac is a classic. Viburnums are great. Shrub forms of Amur maple color up richly. But one stands out for me: burning bush. Burning bush has several other common names, including winged euonymus. When talking about…
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The Importance Of Autumn Apple Tree Sanitation

The health of next year’s apple crop begins now. An important item on the autumn to-do list is apple tree sanitation. Here’s what to do: All fallen apples should be picked up and removed as soon as they drop from the tree, or as quickly as you can. Rake up and dispose of apple leaves…
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Can We Reuse The Same Soil In Next Year’s Outdoor Planters?

Now that killing frost has blackened the plants in outdoor containers, pots and planters, it’s time once again for fall cleanup. But what do you do with the potting soil that’s in the containers? Can it be left in the pots for next spring’s planting? Used potting soil can be spread on the vegetable garden…
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