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What's Your Favorite Holiday Gift Plant?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

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 severa...

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Out in the Yard in Late November

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

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 last windy weather we had. Some trees dropped their leaves early while others have...

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Winterizing Your Home Orchard

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

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, as that can cause more problems. Rodents love to hide in the vegetation and will...

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Just for the Birds

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

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 favorite ones seems to be the thistle feeder since it will attract a number of differ...

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