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Over the Fence

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

Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear and How to Help

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Young fruit trees in the home orchard should begin to fruit once the tree has become established. Several conditions will need to be met before that happens. The four big factors are tree health, weather, typical age for the tree to bear and proper pollination.  Fruit trees that are moderate growers will often...

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Forcing Branches into Bloom

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Most of the spring blooming shrubs and small ornamental trees in the home landscape already have their flower buds ready to go right now. The flower buds were created last summer and have overwintered protected by insulating bud scales. As cabin fever has just about hit the peak for a lot of us, consider bringing a bit...

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Winter Temperatures, Flower Buds and Rabbits

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Cold weather has already given peach trees in the home orchard a knock down punch for 2014. When temperatures reach 10 degrees, peach flower buds start to die. For every degree below -10 degrees, we lose another 10% of what was left until all the peach flower buds have been killed. The foliage buds are able to withstan...

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Insects Vacationing In the Home

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Now that the Holidays and Super bowl Sunday are over and pretty much our lives have returned to a more normal routine, there may be some insects beginning to show up in the pantry or kitchen. Leftover baking goods are usually the culprit and enough time has passed that we should be on the lookout. There may be...

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