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Over the Fence

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

Edging and Mulching Landscape Beds

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Here we are at the end of May and maybe the beds in the backyard look ok or maybe not. We love our lawns, yet grass can move into our landscape beds in a stealth like manner, while we are waiting for better weather for bed weeding and edging. Putting a strong clean line on the landscape beds really makes a difference in how they look, bringing out the strong curves that make the bed f...

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Tender Vegetables, Successive Plantings and Weeds

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

This column has not addressed vegetables for a while and now is the time to consider the next round of transplants or seeds to go in the garden. It wasn't but about 7-10 days ago the weather was threatening a frosty night which would have us out covering up tender perennials and some of our vegetables. The next group of vegetables to be planted are those considered "tender", ones that...

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Why Things Happen When They Do

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

This column has covered growing degree days, chilling hours, planting based on our average frost free date and growing season extender methods. One more to add to the list when it comes to insect infestations on our favorite plants is something called Phenology. What a plant looks like and very specifically what stages their flowers are in can tell us it may...

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The Magical Frost Free Date

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Gardeners whisper about it hoping there is some truth to what your parents told you about when to plant your vegetables. Others will devise their own way to determine when it is safe to plant in their yards. In other cases the gardener will join the gardener's anonymous club, being a real gambler on setting out transplants early and hoping for the best. So how did we get where we are with our...

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