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Weird happenings in the garden

August brings some unique questions to the Master Gardener help desk. Here are some that have been fun to answer: I planted my garden sweet corn next to field corn and now my sweet corn isn't so sweet, what is happening? Unlike other vegetables that get cross pollinated and still taste as they should, sweet corn is the exception. When an apple or cucumber gets c...

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Garden Hose

Hot Weather Gardening

If you are wondering if the hot weather is impacting the home landscape and gardens, the simple answer is, it sure is. With the high daytime temperatures and above normal night time temperatures, it is becoming increasing hard for plants to keep up with the natural moisture loss from foliage. Every plant in your yard loses moisture through the leaves. Remember the recent news story that tried to t...

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What's in your bag?

Extension offices have gotten quite a few calls about bagworms feeding on evergreens and deciduous plants too. By now they have gotten big enough to be easily seen, yet have been with us since eggs have hatched about mid-June or so. As just hatched larva, they have a unique way of leaving home to look for new digs. They use the wind and a strand of silk they produce to float away and land on n...

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Plants in decline

For a Horticulturist, this month has not visually been a good one. Sure there has been abundant and beautiful flowers from annuals and perennials and the spring bloom from our ornamental shrubs and trees was spectacular. What I am writing about this week is the visual decline out in the landscape, both residential and community with our larger older trees, shrubs and evergreens. The heat this...

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Yellow leaves on the shade trees

In the past couple of weeks some of our large shade trees have signs of chlorosis showing up. The leaves are not the medium and deep green they normally and can have darker veins that fade out into the surrounding leaf tissue. Chlorosis is most of often caused by a nutrient deficiency, not because there is not enough nutrients in the soil, but the plants inability to take up the nutrients. The...

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