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Over the Fence

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

Keeping Insect Cocoons and Pupae Cases Over the Winter

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Caterpillars are frequently collected by students for science classes, parents to show their little ones the amazing change from caterpillar to butterfly or moth. It is how they are handled after being collected that makes the difference in how successful your project is. Most of our caterpillars are found this time of year, late summer and early fall, being nearly full grown out in the yard....

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Spring and Summer Bulbs

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Let's start with a few confusing sentences this week. You plant spring flowering bulbs in the fall and summer flowering bulbs in the spring. You dig up summer bulbs in the fall. You divide spring bulbs in late summer. Your favorite spring bulbs are winter hardy and for them to bloom in the spring they need to have the cold soil temperatures to trigger them to sprout and bloom in the spring. Th...

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Everyone is Thinking It, No One is Saying It

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Seems like summer took so long to get here with weather that was enjoyable and now those unspoken words have begun to enter our everyday lives, heard on the TV, references to it on the radio, thinking about ordering hot chocolate or hot cider instead of coffee, farm stands offering more than just summer veggies. Yes, FALL is on the way, there I said it. There are so many more days to enjoy yet...

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First cool weather of the season

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Recent cool weather and the temperatures especially at night are beginning to trigger changes in our home landscape and vegetable gardens. There has been a little bit of fall color beginning on some shade trees, mostly red maple cultivars and some on burning bush. It will be our cool nights and warm daytime temperatures that really kick in the strong colors as pigment content in the leaves sta...

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