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In praise of summer’s cherries
In praise of summer’s cherries

July 5, 2019

Cherries. Plump Bing cherries. Fat wild cherries almost blueberry blue. Neighbor children giggling high on a limb of the old cherry tree, lips and small hands stained a sticky fuchsia. The soles of our bare...



Myers: Keep gardens looking their best all summer long
Myers: Keep gardens looking their best all summer long

June 21, 2019

A bit of grooming and care will keep your flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall. Remove the flower stems of salvias, veronicas and similar flowers as the blooms...




Ann Wright: Geraniums, the bright stars of summer
Ann Wright: Geraniums, the bright stars of summer

June 14, 2019

There are so many lovely, bright flowers with summer bloom, and Geranium are among the blooming beauties of late spring into summer. Brightening up garden beds, decks, window boxes or Miss Mayella’s slop jars (from...


JoAnne Skelly: Sapsucker damage to an old birch tree
JoAnne Skelly: Sapsucker damage to an old birch tree

June 7, 2019

Our big birch has finally given up after decades of bronze birch borer and sapsucker damage. Rows of regular horizontal holes about one-quarter-inch in diameter cover the trunk from bottom to top. These are caused...



Soil solarization: Solar energy for weed control
Soil solarization: Solar energy for weed control

June 7, 2019

Eradicating annual and perennial weeds for a new garden is the first step in good soil preparation. Soil solarization is a terrific nonchemical solution for this challenge. I have even been able to eliminate Bermuda...


Melinda Myers: Taking the hassle out of daily watering
Melinda Myers: Taking the hassle out of daily watering

May 31, 2019

Proper watering is key to gardening success, but untangling and dragging heavy hoses across the yard, smashing delicate flowers and young vegetable plants along the way is a common occurrence in many yards. If this...



Ann Wright: The wonders of weeds
Ann Wright: The wonders of weeds

May 31, 2019

In a previous article, Integrated Pest Management was described to help home gardeners deal with undesirable pests in the garden — both of the insect variety as well as weeds. A simple definition by University...


Dianne Miessler: Spring into the soil food web
Dianne Miessler: Spring into the soil food web

May 24, 2019

It’s spring! It’s finally spring! I can tell because the tulips are blooming and I’ve painted my toenails. You’re probably thinking it’s time to plant a garden; I would agree. Here are some tips for...





Melinda Myers: Landscape structures provide function, beauty
Melinda Myers: Landscape structures provide function, beauty

May 17, 2019

Incorporate arbors, trellises and other structures into your designs when planning new or updating existing gardens and landscapes. These structures help form the framework of any garden, add year-round interest and provide years of beauty...



Carolyn Singer: Tempted by tomatoes
Carolyn Singer: Tempted by tomatoes

May 10, 2019

Of course I know better. Soil isn’t even warm yet in my garden. And based on 42 years of gardening at the elevation of 2,600 feet, there could be a May frost. Or even a...