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Planning the Vegetable Garden

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Last year this time we were already enjoying well above normal temperatures, well ahead of schedule. This year we are for the most part looking at a more normal spring planting season for our vegetable garden. Although most of us don't, we could be planning for at least two complete gardens in our yards. Our usual efforts combine a bit of spring and summer garden together and then give up the g...

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Got White Pines, Spruce and Arborvitae?

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

Extension offices are already getting calls about needle evergreens that are not looking healthy. If you drive your neighborhood right now you can spot those evergreens that died late last fall and those that are failing now. Arborvitaes are standing dead in many locations in the Fox Valley. Those that were planted in the last two years and especially in 2012 are the m...

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How the Weather Changes our Lives

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

A year ago on March 14, 2012 we were having temperatures in the high 70''s and low 80's. Not the case this year. Spring of 2012 was certainly confusing for us and our landscape plants. Spring last year was early and rushed with the heat pushing our spring bulbs and early perennials to grow and flower quickly. For many landscapes the spring flower show was over in 3-4 weeks. No one is talking a...

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Pantry Pests Are Showing Up

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

We all enjoy a good meal, including those insects that like our grains in the pantry or cabinet. This topic was covered just before the holiday since that seems to be the time when lots of flour and baking goods are brought into the home for baking pies, cakes, cookies and more. If you used up all your flour products or stored them in air tight containers, kept them in the refrigerator or freezer...

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