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Over the Fence

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

Weather and Plant Diseases

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator We all know how different the weather pattern has been this year. Foliar plant diseases develop when weather conditions are right, allowing the pathogens to grow and infect our plants. Our extended cooler spring temperatures and rainfall allowed those early spring foliar diseases more time to show up. Disease resistant...

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Scale Insects and Watering

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Some insects seem to just appear on our plants overnight and this past week the Master Gardeners have fielded calls and identified Euonymus scale many times. Right now the scale is easy to spot as the young crawlers are white in color, very numerous and contrast well against the green of the leaf. Mixed in with the imm...

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Composting is Great, but Those Seeds

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator July 12, 2013 Composting yard waste is a great way to recycle plant parts from our yard and reuse them in the home landscape. It is surprising how quickly the compost bin can fill up as you move from bed to bed in the landscape. Once you get started and see all that wonderful organic matter that can be used in...

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Plenty of Time to Plant

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator The spring bloom season has just about finished, yet there is plenty of time to plant. Gardeners have all of July, August, September and into October to establish plants. Assuming we get the typical August heat, try to avoid August for planting as that is pretty hard on the plants and difficult for the gardener to mana...

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