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What do Bird Seed, Dry Pet Food and Flour have in Common?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

The obvious answer is birdseed; dry pet food and flour are all something that gets eaten. The not so clear answer is that each of these three foods can also be attacked by one of our common pantry pests, the Indian Meal Moth. I bring this up because between January and early spring, Extension gets many calls of a small two toned moth flying around in the kitchen or pantry or the bulk bird seed...

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Holiday Plants and the Tree

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Our usual daily routine during this time of year is often interrupted with time away from home, having family and friends stop by, planned or unplanned. One of those pleasant interruptions is the live holiday tree and the many gift plants you give or receive. Taking care of the tree once it is up and decorated really means making sure there is plenty of water in the reservoir. There are products a...

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Protecting Tender Perennials with Snow Cover

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Everyone is talking about the 180 days plus we have had since the last measurable snow fall. It has been nice not to have to shovel or slide down the driveway to get the mail. Yet everything has a downside and that is your perennials and more importantly your tender perennials will have more winter damage without the snow cover protecting them. Besides tender perennials and sensitive plants lik...

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Care of your Living Christmas Tree

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

A living Christmas tree will need to be planted outdoors soon after Christmas day and hopefully was not brought indoors but just a few days before. These needle evergreens go dormant like other plants and need to be kept dormant. This is the reason for the short stay indoors. You can purchase your living tree at Garden Centers and Retail Nurseries. Commonly available are spruce, fir and pine. L...

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