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Tomato Troubles

You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. Don't worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season. Blossom end rot is a common problem on the first set of fruit. The...

 

Preserve Your Garden Produce for Delicious Winter Meals

All your hard work is paying off with a bountiful harvest. Fresh produce is filling your garden, countertops, and refrigerator while the garden keeps producing more. Preserve some of your harvest to enjoy throughout the winter with some...

 

Debunking Hot Peppers Myths

Enjoy the spicy heat hot pep­pers add to your meals without concern for the many myths surrounding these garden veg­etables. Here are a few you may have heard but are not true. Growing both hot and sweet peppers in the garden will not add spicy...

 

Support Native Bees and Enjoy the Many Benefits

Pollinators are responsible for about 75% of the food we eat. The European honeybee is the most well known but our native bees are also critically important. We can help our native bees and gardens by reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides...

 

Healthy Plants, but No Tomatoes?

No fruit on your tomato plants is likely due to the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm, sunny conditions, but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting fruit. When daytime temperatures rise above 90 degrees and night...

 

Tips to Help Your Landscape Beat the Heat

Summer has arrived and for many so has the heat. High temperatures and dry conditions often lead to watering bans. This is not only hard on gardeners but also our gardens and lawns. Fortunately, there are ways to help plants thrive despite stressful...

 

Keep Your Landscape Looking Good with Less Effort

Keep your garden looking its best and reduce your workload by enlisting practices that provide multiple benefits. Your garden will flourish and you’ll have more time to enjoy its beauty. Put your yard waste to work in your garden. You’ll save...

 

Bold, Beautiful, and Healthful Cabbage

Cleanse the toxins out of your body with the help of fresh vegetables. Cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts are a few of nature’s detoxifiers. You can add variety to your garden and diet by including green, red or Savoy cabbage. It’s fun and...

 

Safely Manage Insect Pests in Your Gardens

You plant and tend your gar¬den hoping to enjoy a bountiful harvest and beautiful blooms. Despite proper planning and planting, insects can move in and wreak havoc on your gar¬den. The good news is you can manage problem pests without harming the...

 

Protect Your Landscape from Hungry Critters

While you’re busy filling your landscape with beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables, the deer, rabbits and other wildlife are watching and waiting to move in to dine. Don’t lose your beautiful investment to hungry animals. Be proactive in...

 

Three Ways to Help Your Gardens Thrive with Minimal Care

So, you filled your shopping cart and gardens with lots of new shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Now what? Keep your plants looking their best with minimal effort so you can enjoy them and your summer even more. Watering is one task where I find even...

 

Manage Mosquitoes for a Safer and More Enjoyable Summer

Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick. Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper...

 

Bring in the Birds with These Winning Plant Varieties

Fill your gardens with beautiful plants that produce an abundance of seeds the birds will love. You’ll enjoy the flowers as well as the birds that visit to dine on the seeds. Best of all, there is no feeder to refill or clean. Sunflowers are...

 

Boost Your Landscape's Curb Appeal in One Weekend

Create a front garden that is sure to boost your mood and welcome visitors all year round. All you need is one weekend and a bit of paint, flowers, décor and edging material to boost your landscape’s curb appeal. Add a splash of color by painting...

 

Protect Your Skin When Gardening

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Garden-ing provides many benefits but like any outdoor activity it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. More than 5 m...

 

Get Maximum Yield from Minimal Garden Space

Growing on a deck or balcony is a great way to bring the garden to your backdoor. You can attract butterflies and hummingbirds into easy view and grow edibles within close reach when cooking. For some, it may be the only available space to garden....

 

Mother's Day Gifts Sure to Please

Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers. And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care. Cut flowers are one of the most popular gifts. No dusting and maintenance required, and they are sure to generate a smile. Behav...

 

Lush Peonies Add Beauty and Fragrance to Early Summer Gardens

Set aside a sunny spot in your garden or landscape for a few easy-care, herbaceous peonies. These traditional favorites are treasured for their bountiful early summer flowers, vigorous, shrub-like habit and amazing longevity. Peonies blend nicely...

 

Take the Hassle Out of Watering Container Gardens

Growing flowers and vegetables in containers will allow you to expand planting space, grow plants right outside your door and elevate them for easier access and maintenance. Unlike growing in the ground, the smaller volume of soil in containers is...

 

Garden Your Way to Better Health

Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit. Gardeners know and research proves that getting outdoors, digging in the soil and gardening help strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, reduce stress and elevate our...

 

Extend Your Garden Season

No matter where you garden there never seems to be enough time to grow all the fresh vegetables desired. Planting earlier or just providing plants with some added warmth on chilly days and nights can reduce the time from planting to harvest. Southern...

 

The Best Dahlias for a Backyard Cutting Garden

Dahlias are bold and beautiful flowers that are easy to grow in any sunny garden. They are also spectacular in summer flower arrangements. With just a few dahlias, you can enjoy picking your own fresh-cut flowers every day from July through September...

 

Designing a Beautiful Garden for You and the Pollinators

You don’t need a prairie or large lot to attract and support pollinators. A meadow or informal, formal and even container gardens can bring in bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to help pollinate plants. It’s just a matter of selecting the right...

 

Early Spring Preparation for a Beautiful Summer Garden

As winter fades into spring, gardeners can’t wait to get busy in the garden. Pruning, cutting back perennials and ornamental grasses and preparing the garden for spring planting are just a few of the tasks. Keep yourself and the pollinators...

 

Create Your Own Low Maintenance Relaxation Garden

Create an outdoor space to relax and recharge. Transform a corner of your landscape, deck or balcony into your own escape from everyday deadlines and stress. Use decorative fencing, sheer curtains or plantings to define the space and create a bit of...

 

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