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Jennifer’s Journal: TubTrug Innovations

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4 x 4′ Elevated Grow Shelter Monday, April 29 Planted Bloomsdale spinach, Pot of Gold Swiss chard and Strawberry Blonde calendula in what I imagine to be the most captivating pattern ever. Started seeds in our Grow Shelter. In addition to lettuces and various greens, I included a few flowers, as well as Burgundy okra, birdhouse gourds, [...]

After the (Drought, Flood, Fire, Pest Outbreak)

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5 Steps to Creating Resilient Gardens and Landscapes Record-breaking droughts, floods and wildfires, as well as outbreaks of diseases and insects, have taken their toll on garden and landscape plants nationwide. Although it’s impossible to fully insulate your gardens and landscape against damage, there are steps you can take to rejuven [...]

If Not Impatiens, What? Shady Solutions

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This combination features New Guinea impatiens, a type of impatiens that is not affected by the disease. Featured plants: Infinity White New Guinea impatiens, variegated sweet flag (Acorus gramineus), white licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) and Green spice heuchera. Photos: Courtesy of Proven Winners Have you heard about the new disease [...]

It’s Not Too Early for Late Blight

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Late blight on tomato foliage. Photo courtesy Meg McGrath, Cornell University 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 Yo [...]

A Mosquito Lure in Your Laundry Basket?

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Using a lure made from a blend of eight chemicals that mimic the odor of smelly socks, a researcher in Tanzania recently built a trap to attract and kill mosquitoes. It turns out that human foot odor is irresistible to mosquitoes. Using a lure made from a blend of eight chemicals that mimic the odor of smelly socks, a researcher in Tanzan [...]

Bedbugs are Back

A great alternative to chemical pesticides
Organic Bed Bug Spray works with clove and peppermint oils. Also available: Organic Bed Bug Spray Travel Pack. Back when I was a kid, bedbugs were relegated to quaint good-night rituals. These nocturnal noshers were pretty much eradicated in the developed world by the 1940s. No one can say for sure why, but there’s been a rising inciden [...]

Critter-Proofing Fall Bulbs

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Foil bulb-eating critters by planting daffodils, grape hyacinths (muscari) and other bulbs that deer, chipmunks and rabbits tend to avoid. Spray tulips with Liquid Fence repellent to keep deer and bunnies from eating them. Shown here are two early blooming varieties, Stresa and Scarlet Baby. “I’ve tried bulbs, but the squirrels di [...]

Worst Pest Scenario

Worst Pest Scenario
Swarms of biting black flies dampen my gardening enthusiasm from mid-May to September frost. I’m often asked, “What’s the worst pest in your garden?” After cultivating this plot of land for 20+ years and coping with potato, asparagus and Japanese beetles, deer, voles, chipmunks, slugs, snails, and every known borer, caterpillar, and curculio [...]
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