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Lady Beetle Invasion

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

Just this past week I began to notice an increase in the number of Asian lady beetles flying about. Each fall, as temperatures diminish and day length gets shorter, these insects begin to accumulate around larger buildings. They're getting ready to go into their winter habitat, which in their native Asia, is sheltered areas along a mountain side. It's hard to find very many mountain sides in we...

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Fabulous Fall Plants

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

The other week I presented to a group of Master Gardeners about Fabulous Fall Plants. There are amazing plants that spice up our landscape in the fall when so much else is worn out and tired. Most of us are probably familiar with the typical pansies, mums, and ornamental kale, but what other plants are great for fall interest? There are plenty of perennials, trees and shrubs that provide us gre...

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Steam Sterilization

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

For over a century growers have been using steam to heat the soil to help eliminate many pests of soils. Many greenhouses utilized this method of sterilization in the early 1900's and before. Back then there weren't very many alternatives to eliminate pests other than steam heat. Today there are far fewer users of steam sterilization, but to those who do it can be a great tool to manage insects...

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