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Moth crystals can prevent indoor whiteflies

To rid your houseplants summering outdoors of whiteflies before bringing them indoors, use moth crystals, because in my experience, insecticidal soap will not work! In the evening, drape a clear plastic bag over the whitefly infested plant, and place a small Styrofoam...

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Teach yourself to harvest seeds

August is in many ways a transitional month. Many perennials are still blooming and need care, but other plants such as herbs are due for harvest and seed collection. Harvesting, drying seeds, herbs Harvest seeds that are ripe but not so ripe the seed heads drop or...

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Time to pinch off geranium flowers

Let’s start with a few quick summer tips: When geranium flowers wither, pinch off the flower with your fingernail about an inch below the blossom. A few days later, tug out the dried, brownish stem at the top. A replacement stem and flower will grow quickly because...

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Water those vegetable plantings

Summer weather has finally arrived and if you’re like me, you’re eager to get outside more and get work done. With a lot more people getting into gardening, see my recommendations for watering vegetables. The grass is growing fast as ever but that doesn’t mean it...

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Plenty of gardening work needed in spring

A lot has changed in the last two months, but plants are still growing and will need your attention. Here are some tips for cutting, pruning and maintaining some common plants for spring. Harvesting Roses • Harvest roses early, before the sun bakes them (before 10...

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Keep a lookout for boxwood twig blight

Boxwood Twig Blight! The fungus Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum first presents itself as leaf spot followed by rapid browning and leaf drop starting on the lower branches and moving upward in the canopy. The fungus can remain in fallen leaves, so be sure to rake up...

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This is the best time for pruning trees

March is the month of preparation. Taking the time to prepare your garden for the growing season by checking soil pH and cleaning up winter debris is a perfect way to start. It is the best time for pruning trees and shrubs, especially for fruit and shade trees. If you...

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Brace yourself for weather swings

February is a month where the weather can vary widely. Even though it may still be cold, damp, snowy and sometimes miserable outdoors, occasionally Mother Nature will bless us with a day or two of sunshine, which inspires us to go outside and work in the yard. Pruning...

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Drive out insect pests with more humidity

Indoor insect pests occur because indoor conditions are too dry for most tropical plants. Humidifying your home (by 30 percent or more) will help prevent these pests from returning. Another method would be to get trays of pebbles and adding water and setting the...

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Forcing paper-white bulbs in soil? Read this

When forcing paper-white bulbs in soil, you need seven to nine weeks to allow them to come into bloom. Choose bulbs that have not yet sprouted and plant them within four weeks after purchase. If you have to wait before planting, store the bulbs in a dry warm room...

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