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Tomato Problems We Can Prevent

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Tomatoes are by far the most popular vegetable planted my gardeners. Tomato fruits come in a variety of sizes and colors these days to fit our varied taste buds and uses. They can be well developed hybrids or heritage types. As we continue to plant tomatoes in the garden and on the patio and balconies in containers, there are a couple of conditions that tomatoes get. I call them conditions beca...

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Rain and Cool Weather Really Makes the lawn Grow

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

With all the cooler temperatures and frequent rains over the last week, the lawn is really growing rapidly right now. Kentucky bluegrass lawns really prefer this kind of weather. This is good for the lawn as it can quickly fill in the bare spots and begin to thicken up from last season's drought. It is always easier to say than to do at times, yet mowing the lawn more frequently to keep up wi...

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Emerald Ash Borer in the Fox Valley

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Now that spring is well underway and all of our trees have begun to grow, it is pretty clear as you look around your neighborhoods, that ash trees are really suffering the impact of the Emerald Ash Borers. Our locust trees are some of the slowest to leaf out and those are showing good signs of growth, but not any heavily infected ash trees. While all our trees were dormant for the winte...

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Flooded Garden Soils and Rain Barrels

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Recent flooding of fields, back yards and garden beds has raised some concerns with home gardeners about using the vegetable garden this season. It is pretty clear that we do not know what was in all that water that saturated our soils. Was it just the rain water itself, was it from a nearby creek or stream, water from over taxed storm water systems, or a combination of sources. There is really...

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