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Don't Slack Off Now!

October 19, 2014 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The time will soon come for gardeners to take a well-deserved rest, but it’s not here yet. Much work still needs to be done, but it can be accomplished without the rushed pace of the beginning of the season. Annual plants should be pulled up and removed from both flower and vegetable gardens.  Most can […]

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Advice for fall clean-up

September 18, 2011 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Some gardeners are scrupulous about pulling everything out or cutting everything back before winter comes. Others leave the entire job for spring. The ideal is probably somewhere in between. You should pull up and compost all annual flowers and vegetable plants. As an alternative to adding plant debris to the compost bin, dig big holes […]

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When to plant

April 17, 2011 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Gardening books recommend planting peas “as soon as the soil can be worked.”  But what does that mean?  This week, many of our vegetable garden plots are still under water and it’s going to be quite a while before they dry out.  Perhaps you are fortunate enough to have well-drained, sandier soil, or raised beds […]

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Some plants need winter protection, some don't

November 3, 2010 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Like it or not, it’s time to start getting your yard tucked in for winter.   There are two main things plants need protection from in winter – rabbits and the weather.             Fencing is the only sure way to protect plants from rabbit damage.  A roll of chicken wire is inexpensive and easy to cut […]

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September is a busy month in the garden

September 1, 2010 lawanda Newspaper Columns

            There is much to do in the September garden!  Vegetable gardeners continue to harvest tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and beans and are busy canning, freezing and dehydrating.  Potatoes and carrots are ready to be dug and apples and pears are ready for harvest.  Just a reminder that local food banks welcome any extra produce.             […]

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A few last minute tasks before winter

November 19, 2008 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Take the time now to prepare your yard and garden for winter.  When spring comes you’ll be glad you did.       Cut the grass short to discourage voles and mice from making nests below the snow.  Rake leaves out of areas where they pile up and shred them with the lawn mower for free lawn […]

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Plant bulbs in October

October 15, 2008 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      You may be ready to hang up your gardening tools for the year, but there is one more task to complete yet this year if you want a beautiful early spring garden.  Mid-October is bulb-planting time.        Flowers like tulips, daffodils, crocuses, muscari, hyacinths, alliums and scilla all grow from bulbs.  They can be […]

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Make next year's garden great by getting ready in fall

September 3, 2008 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Make next year’s garden great by getting ready now       Now is the time to make plans for next year’s garden.  There are many things you can do in fall in ensure that your next garden is the best ever. *    Find a source of cow or horse manure and spread it on the garden […]

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Take care of weeds in June

June 12, 2007 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The recent rains have been like a mega-dose of multi-vitamins for flower and vegetable gardens.  Unfortunately, the weeds have taken the vitamins also and are proliferating.  The good news is that weeds pull easily from rain-soaked soil.  Spend the time in June to keep ahead of the weeds and you can relax in July and […]

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Ordering from seed catalogs

February 13, 2007 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      February brings the excitement of the almost daily arrival of seed catalogs in the mailbox.  Now is the time to plan for this year’s garden and place your order for plants and seeds.  Page through the catalogs and make a list of everything that catches your eye.  Then, get realistic and pare the list […]

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