Tips For Successful Pots And Planters

Springtime’s not complete until gardeners have potted up planters and containers at entry doors, garage fronts, decks and patios. Several tips can increase success and make container grown plants flower more abundantly. Containers should preferably have one or more drainage holes in the bottom. If no drain is possible, watering must be done very carefully to avoid…
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Great Gardening Book Available Locally

Among the greatest impacts on many of our gardening lives were the weekly newspaper articles by longtime Forum garden columnist, Dorothy Collins. During the years I was growing up, on the way home from church we’d stop at the Lisbon Creamery and Dad would buy a copy of the Sunday Forum. The part I was most interested in was seeing…
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Is It Safe To Use Rhubarb After A Spring Frost?

  After our region’s recent spring cold snap, there have been many questions about rhubarb plants that were exposed to freezing temperatures. Many homeowners’ rhubarb was up and growing, and there’s a rumor that circulates every spring about the dangers of eating rhubarb after frost. Is this true? Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, which can be a toxic substance if…
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How Will Late April Cold And Snow Affect Plants?

Looking on the positive side, our recent end-of-April cold and snow remind us that April is a transition month, and May is the main planting month. Old-timers had it right when they cautioned not to be fooled by a few April warm spells. In late April most gardeners haven’t planted tender annual flowers, tomato plants or…
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Is It Crabgrass Or Quackgrass In Your Lawn?

Coarse, weedy, wide-bladed grass whose appearance mars the uniform texture of lawngrass is often all mistakenly referred to as crabgrass. Crabgrass preventer is widely sold in springtime at national chains, hardware stores and garden centers. Here’s the problem: crabgrass preventer only works on what is truly crabgrass, when actually much of the weedy, wide-bladed grass in our lawns…
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