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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Got White Pines, Spruce and Arborvitae?

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator 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...

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How the Weather Changes Our Lives

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator  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 an...

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Pantry Pests Are Showing Up

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator 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 o...

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Snow is a Good Thing and Other Stuff

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Good to see the white stuff in the landscape over the past days. Snow is a natural insulator for young tender perennials and small fruits like strawberries. The wind can howl, the temperatures drop, but under the snow remains around 32 degrees. . If the snow stays with us then they will not be heaved out of the soil by...

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