Ken-do Attitude

This is the time for preparation

March is the month of preparation. Take 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. March is the best time for pruning trees and shrubs, especially for fruit and shade trees. If...

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Remember to stay flexible this month

February is a month with weather that 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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Stay ahead of your spring chore list

The hustle and bustle of the winter holidays are behind us, and though there may not seem to be much happening in your garden or landscape, here are some things you can do inside and outside to stay ahead of your spring chore list and plan for a successful garden...

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Keep this month’s list, and check it twice

Here’s your list of December gardening tips. Check it twice. • Try to keep your holiday cactus in the coolest possible room. This will help delay the opening of the buds until Christmas. Always feed your plant with Super Bloom when watering while the plant is...

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Try creating a cold frame

Cold frames can give plants a head start on the seasons and sometimes even extend the season, and are great for starting plants from seeds. A cold frame is nothing more than a bottomless box sunk into the earth and roofed over with glass or plastic. The ideal position...

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Fallen leaves are assets, but wisdom needed

Leaves are assets to your lawn. Not one should leave your property. However, matted leaves rob the grass of the sunlight it needs as it continues to grow through fall. Grass will continue to grow as long as the soil remains warm, which in our region is at least...

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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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