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Raised Bed Gardening

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Master Gardeners receive calls over the phone and visits to the office about growing vegetables in a raised bed frequently from gardeners that have experienced bad luck growing in a traditional garden bed and wonder if a raised bed will change the color of their thumb from a brown to a green again. Raised beds have som...

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Blooms way ahead of schedule

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Cleary our blooming plants are ahead of schedule since we had such a warm March. Horticulturists rely on a system called Growing Degree Days (GDD) for plant development, for monitoring for insects and disease. The GDD system uses a base temperature of 50 degrees to begin to calculate how many GDD we have had. Last week...

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What to do with Spring Bulbs After Bloom

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator With our spring weather, every spring bulb has long ago finished blooming and now only the foliage tops remain. Our early and long spring has left lots of time for the bulb foliage to grow and actually be taller than it normally would be. For some gardeners this poses no problems at all depending on where in the beds t...

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Planting Potted and Balled and Burlapped Trees

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

Down the Garden Path Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers carry a great many kinds of trees for our home landscape. There are understory trees for established landscapes that already have large growing shade trees. You can find ornamental trees that provide great fall color, a flower and later a fruit or seed pod of interest and are typically of a smaller size than the shade tree. Once...

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