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Over the Fence

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

Training Dogs and Fruit Trees

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

What do fruit tree experts mean when they say "you need to train" your fruit trees?" Many of us have trained our dogs, but how do you train a tree? Homeowners and orchardists need to train their trees for structure to encourage fruit production and to have a productive, high-yielding home orchard. Just like with dogs, proper training makes a difference. It gives you a tree that can hold...

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Planning for the Home Orchard

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

It has been a couple of years since I used the month of January to address starting a home orchard. The fruit and vegetable catalogs have begun to replace the holiday flyers in the mailbox and January is not too early to begin planning for a home orchard or expanding the one already there. There are several different kinds of fruit trees to consider – apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum. A...

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2018 Gardening Resolutions

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

We have all made them, kept some, unsuccessful with others. New Year's resolutions for your gardens are a little easier to keep. For starters, they are months away and can be more thought out and with time to prepare, more easily accomplished. Here a few to consider: Add more mulch where it can prevent weed growth, retain more moisture in your shrub beds and tree rings. Mow the...

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Houseplant FAQs

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Although most Master Gardener help desks are on hiatus right now for the winter, questions still come into the office. It is interesting to see the seasonality of the questions this time of year, and this month, there is a thread among most of them – houseplants. Q: I love my succulents in the summer, but they are already getting leggy. Can I stop that?...

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Pantry Pests After Holiday Baking

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

This is that warning shot over the bow of the ship or in this case the holiday bow. Homemakers are in full swing, baking our favorite cookies and other holiday treats we enjoy so much. With all that baking, comes the potential for pantry pests to show up. Leftover baking goods are usually the culprit, especially any flour or flour-based cooking and baking product. This is a bit more tro...

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Warmer Weather and Ants

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

There are some 8,000 ant species around, and on occasion, ants can become an annoyance in the home. Most often they are a bother in the spring of the year when soils outdoors begin to warm again. Right now, in this particular December, our soils next to the home are still warm. We may be bothered by those ants, when colonies in the soil within the footprint of our home venture inside. Ants coul...

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Winterizing Your Home Orchard

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Now is the time to spend some time with your fruit trees before the season shuts us out. A few actions now can help prevent problems later. Rodent damage to the trunk at the soil line happens when grass grows tall next to the trunk. Remove the grass and weeds using hand clippers, not the string trimmer, as that can cause more problems. Rodents love to hide in the grass, and they will ha...

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