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Over the Fence

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

Vine Crops – Bugs and Disease

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Cucumbers, Squash, Zucchini, Pumpkins and Melons are all considered vine crops out there in the garden. Cucumbers are known for attracting cucumber beetles and a disease called cucumber wilt. Squash attract the squash bug and squash vine borer and a disease called powdery mildew. Pumpkins have issues with the squash bu...

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Cool Weather and Plant Development

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Plants in the garden (and insects too) develop based on something called "Growing Degree Days" or GDD for short. This is an accumulation of heat units using a base of 50 degrees. For every degree above fifty goes towards the growing degree-days and plant development. Most of us do not follow GDD, but rely on the catalo...

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Where Did All The Weeds Come From?

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator In China it is the year of the snake, but here in the Midwest most gardeners will agree it seems to be the year of the weed. Weeds are everywhere and are not even slowing down as summer moves along. Master Gardeners have been very busy with clientele bringing anything from a single weed to an entire bushel bask...

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Storm Damage in Your Landscape

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Storm damage can now be added to our list of what has happened to our landscape plants. The drought of 2012 started things off creating lots of stressed trees, shrubs and evergreens from recently planted to very mature plants. Jump ahead to the winter of 2013 - 2014 and the very cold winter temperatures above ground an...

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