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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

What's Your Favorite Holiday Gift Plant?

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator If you said the poinsettia, you would be in good company as do most of us. Since 1825 when the poinsettia was introduced from Mexico, it has been the traditional Christmas holiday gift plant. With good care inside the home, poinsettias can last for several weeks to several months in our homes. Just like our oth...

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Out in the Yard in Late November

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator By now most outdoor gardening activities are completed or nearly so. The weather has been pretty good if we pick the right day to finish up. There may be the need to mow again, not so much for the lawn itself, but to mulch up or collect the leaves that have ended up back in your yard from the neighborhood after the las...

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Winterizing Your Home Orchard

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator We winterize everything else, why not the home orchard? Now is the time to prevent problems later, by spending some time with your fruit trees. Rodent damage to the trunk at the soil line happens when grass is left to grow tall next to the trunk. Remove the grass and weeds using hand clippers, not the string trimmer, a...

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Just for the Birds

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Bird feeders are part of many backyards during the winter months. We enjoy the activity around the feeder, by the birds themselves and the additional wildlife that feed on the leftovers tossed to the ground by the birds at the feeder. We can attract specific birds by choosing an appropriate feeder. One of our f...

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Spruce Trees Having Problems

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Spruce trees really seem to have taken a bigger hit from the summer drought than pines this summer. There are our usual suspects when it comes to needle diseases and now we can add yet another needle disease to our list. The newest disease is called Sudden Needle Drop or SNEED for short. Plant Pathologists are still de...

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