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Composting with Worms

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Has this cold weather been making you wish you could get outside and play in the dirt? Or perhaps you're looking for ways to improve your garden soil during the winter. Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is a good way to get both of these accomplished. In addition to producing compost, it's also a great way to put those kitchen scraps to use. Getting started with vermicomposting is re...

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How to Get Rid of a Mouse in the House

How to Get Rid of a Mouse in the House

Is your house full of visitors that annoy you, eat your food, and can lead to great exasperation and hollering? In-laws and extended family members aside; what I mean are the mice that have decided to move into your home for the winter months. In the wild, these creatures would look for shelter to survive the winter, and your house is a lot cozier than that dead log in the woods. It rec...

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Watermelon Cal Sweet Bush. Photo by All-American Selections, all-americaselections.org

New Garden Plants for 2019

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Every year garden catalogs advertise new, exciting varieties of our favorite plants. Sometimes the options can be overwhelming, with each new addition sounding better than the previous. So how do you go about deciding which new variety to select? Fortunately, All-American Selections (AAS), an independent, non-profit organization tests these new plant varieties and names the best performers as A...

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Garden Resolutions for 2019

A new year brings the opportunity for a fresh start. For a gardener having the year switch in the middle of winter can be difficult. Right now, I am full of ideas and goals as I am once again missing my near-daily commune with soil. If it were in my power to change when we celebrate New Year's, I would suggest March 1. I can make all the plans in the world, but it's cold outside, so tho...

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Poinsettia Care After the Holidays

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Congratulations, you've made it through Christmas and managed to keep your poinsettia(s) alive! As Chris  mentioned last week , poinsettias are the most popular potted plant in the U.S. If you're anything like me you have a hard time throwing perfectly (and sometimes not so perfect) good plants away. Alas, most people dispose of poinsettias after they finish...

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Pain in the Poinsettia: How to keep your Poinsettia alive over the holidays

Have you dodged the bullet this holiday season? You know what I am referring to, right? Poinsettias! Allow me to explain. All of your friends know you are an avid gardener. With all the vegetables you give away each summer, you hold the status of Gardening Guru. You have likely responded to plant emergency calls, and resuscitated an ailing house or garden plant. It seems only lo...

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Caring for Christmas Trees

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Selecting a live Christmas tree is a tradition for many families. Whether you get your tree from a retail lot, direct from the farm or cut your own here are some tips for keeping your tree looking great throughout the holiday season: After purchasing your tree, place it in an unheated garage or some other area out of the wind and cold (freezing) temperatures until you're ready to...

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