Harvesting And Storing Garden Squash

There’s something very satisfying about raising squash, potatoes, onions, carrots and other garden vegetables that keep for the winter. Maybe it’s a carryover from being raised by Depression-era parents. Having food in storage is comforting and reassuring. Gathering squash in the fall adds to the charm of autumn. Squash that store well are called “winter…
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Hot New Class Of Peonies

Every once in awhile a plant comes along that hits the region by storm like Wave petunia and Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea. What’s the latest? Itoh peonies, and we’ll be hearing a lot more about them as word spreads. Most of us are very familiar with beautiful old-fashioned peonies (called herbaceous peonies) that have been popular…
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September Yard And Garden To-Do List

September is a busy month around yard and garden. Here’s a monthly checklist of recommended activities. Lawns Surprisingly, September is the most important month for lawn care, more important than spring. Research proves grass is more active in fall, and promoting its health in September has the greatest impact on vigor next spring and summer.…
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My Favorite New Hardy Shrub Rose

When my wife, Mary, and I operated our greenhouse business 30 years ago, hybrid tea roses were the rage. Their picture-perfect, heavenly perfumed blooms in rich colors rivaled florist’s long-stemmed roses. Growing roses was a fine art, and the more you fertilized and fussed, the more spectacular they grew. Successful rose growers were held in…
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Dealing With Above-Ground Tree Roots

Tree roots are supposed to stay in the ground, right? They aren’t supposed to be surfacing up in our lawns, ridging partially out, making it difficult to mow. Well, not necessarily. A walk through the woods teaches us to be on the lookout for large horizontal surface roots of old trees, protruding enough to make…
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