How To Prune Apple Trees In Early Spring

The best season to prune apple trees is early spring, after winter’s coldest weather is likely past, but before ‘bud break’ when spring growth begins. February through early April works well most years in our Upper Midwest region. Knowing when to prune is easy; knowing what to prune is trickier. Why it’s important to prune…
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Best Garden Carrots For Flavor And Sweetness

Have you ever stood in front of a garden seed rack and wondered which to choose? Take carrots. There are usually several choices. Maybe you buy a packet of each. But without turning your garden into a test plot of carrot cultivars, have you questioned whether there’s something better out there? Are the seed rack…
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Calendar For Starting Flower And Vegetable Seeds Indoors

It’s fun to watch seeds grow indoors, whether we grow all our own flower and vegetable transplants, or just start a few tomato plants of a special variety we can’t buy locally. It’s not just about getting plants on the cheap; most of us will always buy most of our plants at our local garden…
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Fertilize And Prune Wintered Hibiscus, Mandevilla In March

Plants are highly intelligent. While humans are wishing for spring while whining about winter, indoor plants are silently and wisely responding to the increasing intensity of the March sun and sensing the lengthening daylight. Plants sense the longer days and increasing light and know that it’s time for a spring revival. Houseplants, and especially plants…
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