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Over the Fence

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

Magnolia Scale

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

This summer has been exceptional for magnolia scale. Master Gardeners at the help desks have constantly been addressing this situation with homeowners for the last 5+ weeks. A typical life cycle of a scale is an overwintering female producing eggs under her protective scale covering. The eggs will hatch into very tiny crawlers that may resemble an aphid. These crawlers then move farther out on...

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Still Time to Garden in All the Beds

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Successive plantings in the vegetable garden can still be done when home gardeners pick the right vegetables. Late summer into early fall is a great time to make additional plantings of those vegetables that we consume as the whole plant. Mustard greens, a variety of the leaf lettuces, and spinach are good examples. The very late plantings may not make it to a large size, yet harvesting those youn...

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Yellow Jackets and Hornets

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

While there is a lot of summer left, now is the time homeowners are discovering nests of a variety of flying, swarming and potentially stinging wasps and hornets in the home landscaping. In nearly all cases, homeowners have been unaware that a nest even exists in the yard until one day when foliage starts to change color or the nest itself grows in size and becomes much more visible. The more comm...

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Hope for the Vegetable Garden

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Vegetables can still be productive for a couple more months depending on what crops you have been growing. Certainly long season crops like tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard are there now and will continue to produce till frost for the tender vegetables and Chard will tolerate quite a bit of cool or cold weather. Root crops like turnips, carrots, beets, parsnips, potatoes and onions can be harvested...

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