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Monthly archives for June, 2012

It’s Not Too Early for Late Blight

tomato leaf with late blight

Late blight, a disease that strikes tomatoes and potatoes, can quickly ruin an entire crop — and provide a source of infection for other plants. So far this growing season, the disease has been confirmed in Florida and up the East Coast up to Pennsylvania and New York, as well as in California. It is […]

Got Lily Beetles? Share the Larvae

larvae-beetle

Gardeners in the Northeast are getting to know the lily leaf beetle, a destructive pest that attacks Asiatic and Oriental lilies — as well as similar species. One of the best hopes for control at this point is a parasitic insect, which has been released in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. To test […]

To Drink or Not to Drink?

To Drink or Not to Drink?

Our Super Slim Hose, left, and Super Slim Coil Hose, right, are made from drinking water-safe polyurethane. A spate of recent news stories have cited a May 2012 study by the Ecology Center that recommends that homeowners seek drinking water-safe garden hoses. The study highlights the potential health hazards of drinking water from some types […]

In Praise of Raised Beds

In Praise of Raised Beds

Before: A 4×8 raised bed after a long winter and spring, filled with weeds from wind-blown seeds. How long does it take to weed your garden? In just 12 minutes, I was able to take a weedy 4×8 raised bed and make it ready for planting. The before-and-after photos show one of the big benefits […]

Hey gardeners: be sure to thank the pollinators

bee covered in pollen

It’s National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate the hardworking bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects and animals that promote healthy ecosystems. Protecting pollinators isn’t just good for the planet; it’s good for you, too — because about one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. […]

Raised Bed Gets Cold Frame

Raised Bed Gets Cold Frame

The Elevated Cedar Raised Bed, augmented with a cold-frame top. Another great idea from one of our customers: Rose Deskavich, who gardens in western Massachusetts, modified her Elevated Raised Bed, adding a custom cold frame so she could grow greens, parsley and chives through the winter. “During warm weather, I do not take the top […]

A Banana Grows in Burlington

A Banana Grows in Burlington

The staked stem of our Himalayan banana tree, growing in Burlington, VT. For many years, we have grown banana trees in our garden. Not for the fruit, but for the large, tropical leaves and the unlikely accent they add to our Vermont gardens. In fall, I dig up the plants and drag the heavy clumps […]

Watch Out for Ticks

Watch Out for Ticks

Dog tick. Photo: Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control’s Public Health Image Library Bug Ankle Guards have fine, hexagonal mesh that excludes ticks and all but the tiniest insects. In addition to their disease-transmitting capacity, ticks are just plain creepy. These bloodsuckers attach themselves leechlike to your skin while they gorge on your blood. […]

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