26
Apr

May Gardening Tips

GENERAL TASKS & GARDEN MAINTENANCE Beware treacherous late frosts and keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night if frost is forecast. Don’t be tempted to put out tender bedding until the middle of the month and even then be prepared to cover it if necessary.Continue with the spring cleaning. Hoe your borders to get rid of weeds before

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20
Apr

Thatch & Lawn

Thatch and How to Manage It Thatch in lawns is often misunderstood; both its cause and control. Some lawns have serious thatch problems while others do not. Thatch is a layer of living and dead organic matter that occurs between the green matter and the soil surface. Excessive thatch (over 1/2 inch thick) creates a favorable environment for pests and

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16
Apr

Gardening Tips

SNAP HOOKS FOR BASKETS: Like cheap solutions to common gardening problems? Anyone who’s grown a hanging basket or pot knows that unless you regularly turn the container, your plants grow better and fuller on the sunnier side and sparser on the shadier side. It’s fairly easy to rotate pots a quarter of a turn every few days to keep the

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3
Apr

Wheat country – An Amazing Landscape design

In wheat country in the Columbia River basin, they gathered to celebrate dryland farming MORO — The rolling hills of the Columbia Basin, the expanse just east of the Cascade Range, must have looked all right to the homesteaders who arrived in the 1870s. The lush land along the rivers and in the Willamette Valley was snapped up decades earlier

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3
Apr

Japanese Garden Design

The garden, like any art form, has evolved over most of the world. As with other art forms, the landscape garden has developed in many different directions. In England, where much of the American gardening heritage hails from, clipped lawns and formal rose gardens rule the day. Across the channel, France has given us the parterre and the allee, sure

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30
Mar

Lawn Aeration Benefits

Lawn Aeration Benefits Semi-annual aeration is advised for all lawns on heavy clay soils, those with a thatch buildup, and any lawn that needs to be “thickened up. Controls thatch Promotes thicker turf growth Strengthens turf against weeds Prevents excess compaction Improves the soil structure Helps create growth pockets for new roots Establishes deeper and healthier root system Allows more

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29
Mar

Proper Mulching

Proper Mulching Mulching is one of the best things you can do for the health of trees, shrubs, and flowers, especially newly planted ones without strong root systems. But it’s important to do it right! To correctly apply organic mulches, such as shredded pine bark, to trees, start at least three inches from the base working out to the desired

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13
Mar

Farmers Almanac Spring Forecast

TWO MONTH WEATHER FORECAST MARCH 2012: temperature 45° (2° below avg.); precipitation 3″ (1″ above avg. north, 3″ below south); Mar 1-4: Rain and wet snow, cool; Mar 5-11: Sunny, then rainy periods, mild; Mar 12-23: Rainy periods, cool; Mar 24-27: Sunny, nice; Mar 28-31: Rain, then sunny, seasonable. APRIL 2012: temperature 46.5° (3.5° below avg.); precipitation 2.5″ (0.5″ below

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6
Mar

Gardening Tips for March 2012

Patience, Provisions,and Planting for Beneficials I. TIPS ON TIMING Love those early warm spells, but don’t be in a rush to plant warm season vegetables. Warmer soil temperatures are important for the success of veggies like corn, beans and squash. If the soil is too cold and wet, germination will be slow and, worst case, seed may rot. Tomatoes, peppers

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28
Feb

When Does Spring Begin?

THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC The seasons are determined by changing sunlight (not heat!)—which is determined by how our planet orbits the Sun and the tilt of its axis. On the first day of spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few

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