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Over the Fence

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

Degree Days and Chilling Hours

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Wonder why sometimes the vegetables in the garden don't grow or produce as well as they should have? Besides the usual influences of our general weather conditions like too much or too little soil moisture, another factor is something called growing degree days. This is based on heat units collected as the spring, summer and fall weather moves along. We usually start to add up those heat units on...

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Early Warm Weather Out In the Yard

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

What a treat to have some early warming weather the last few days. Of course it is way too early to be doing much other than a little debris pick up out in the yard. This weather does allow us to see what has been happening outdoors though. It is pretty easy to see what the rabbits have been feeding on. Herbaceous plants will have been eaten down to the ground, while woody plants will be showing a...

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Vegetable Gardening This Early?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Gardeners growing their own vegetable transplants always begin their gardening season much earlier than the rest of us, especially if putting in that early spring garden. The decision of when to start those seedlings to be turned into vegetable transplants has everything to do with our traditional interpretation of "the average frost free date" Our average frost fee date for our area can be as...

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Getting Some Early Spring Bloom

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

It is way too early to be doing anything outside to brighten our view from inside, yet you can bring some of that spring color indoors by forcing blooms on a number of flowering shrubs and ornamental trees in your home landscape. Early spring flowering shrubs produce their flower buds the summer before and after enough winter weather, those flowers are ready to bloom. It is the combination of warm...

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