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Meet the Overcompensators, Plants That Get Tougher and Meaner When Attacked – New York Times

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Ken Paige, an evolutionary ecologist also at he University of Illinois and principal investigator of the study, first observed overcompensation in the scarlet gilia in 1987. He described plants that would make more flowers, stems and seeds when their main stems were cut off or eaten. At the time, being eaten was believed to be bad for plants — always. It took a decade’s worth of seeing the contrary for…

Garden Docs: How to help plants damaged by fire heat and ash from Sonoma County wildfires – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Several readers have asked the same questions in the wake of the devastating wildfires that did so much damage in the Wine Country. One is “What can be done to remove the wildfire ash that has coated plants?” The other question on many people’s minds is, “What can be done for suffering plants and trees in neighborhood that were hit by wildfire or are very near the fire zones? The…

Spray or drip irrigation: Which way is best for your garden? – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Experts tackle readers’ garden questions. Q: Wife and I are arguing about proper way to water our plants. We have a small orchard, garden and extensive landscaping with palms and sagos. When I water late in evening or early morning, I spray the whole plant. Wife says to only direct water to base or ground and not water branches or leaves. Which is better? I’m especially concerned about our sago…

Galactic Gardening Can Relieve Stress in Space – Geek

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

In space, no one can hear you stress. As we prepare for the future of galactic travel, researchers are looking into ways to help astronauts cope with the anxieties of space missions. A new study from the University of Florida suggests the psychological benefits of gardening. Master’s student Raymond Odeh and horticulture professor Charles Guy determined that plant-human interactions can provide astronauts the same serenity they do on Earth. The…

This year’s Desert Gardening Community Day will be bigger than ever – The Desert Sun

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Learn which Chilopsis hybrids produce these fabulous red blooms.(Photo: Maureen Gilmer/Special to The Desert Sun) If you’re new to the desert, forget everything you knew about gardening back home. You’ve entered a counter-intuitive climate that breaks every rule you ever learned about gardening. Fortunately for all of us, two great entities have teamed up to create an event greater than the sum of its parts. They’ve consolidated horticulture in the…

Gardening: Paton brothers smashing records with their pumpkins – Sunderland Echo

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Everyone loves monster veg and last weekend four British records were broken, including the biggest pumpkin ever grown in the UK. Gardeners from all over the country converge at The Jubilee Sailing Trust Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton, which is well-known for its mammoth veg. The event, sponsored by Thompson & Morgan, ended in triumph again for the superstars of the monster pumpkin growers, twins Stuart and Ian Paton,…

These seven gardening issues have readers stumped – Fort Worth Star Telegram

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Questions have boiled out like fire ants these past few weeks. Everywhere I’ve turned, these are the things people have been asking. Odds are quite good that one or more might even have passed your lips in recent days. Take a look.  “What is this obnoxious little weed? It looks like moss when it’s growing, then all of a sudden, tiny lavender-white flowers erupt all over the place. How can…

Winter-blooming plants help bees overwinter in your yard – The Daily Advance

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Winter and early spring are lean times for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage. Adding clusters of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed nourishment. Bees take in carbohydrates from floral nectar and protein from floral pollen. Being aware of bloom times and providing flowers that overlap the seasons are important for beekeepers who want to successfully overwinter their…

Gardening: Frost doesn’t put an end to garden chores – The Providence Journal

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

For me, hard frost is a day to mourn a little, to spend a few moments missing the summer that passed, for the tomatoes that brought me such great pleasure and the flowers that graced my table. By Henry HomeyerSpecial to The Journal Frost was late this year. It was nearly mid-October before we had a hard frost, one that murdered the zinnias and blackened the…

Space Gardening May Treat Astronauts’ Blues – Space.com

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Many people step into their home gardens for a bit of DIY therapy. A new study suggests that astronauts could also reap the psychological benefits of gardening. In short, space missions are stressful. In addition to suffering the physical effects of living in microgravity, astronauts spend long periods of time in close quarters to one another and isolated from the rest of the world. The weightless environment…

Gardening with Allen: It’s never too soon to prune most plants – The Columbian

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Allen Wilson is a Vancouver gardening specialist. Email Allen Wilson at allenw98663@yahoo.com.

In Your Garden: We say goodbye – The Willits News

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Enjoy fall color in your garden with colorful trees and shrubs. Photo by Bob Dass Editor’s note: This is the last ‘In Your Garden’ column Jenny Watts will have for The Willits News. We want to thank Jenny for all the wonderful columns she has shared with our readers over the years and wish her health and…

The Garden Coach: Now’s the time to repot and prune semi-woody shrubs – The Mercury News

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Dear Garden Coach: Can I prune my perennials, like salvias and penstemons? What about other semi-woody shrubs like California native sages and a shrub called cream bush. We cut off the brown flowers in August. What about repotting plants at this time of year? — Joan DeMarco Dear Joan: I am often asked this question from late summer into early autumn. The Chinese refer to this time of year as the fifth…

Gardening: Frost doesn’t put an end to garden chores – The Providence Journal

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

For me, hard frost is a day to mourn a little, to spend a few moments missing the summer that passed, for the tomatoes that brought me such great pleasure and the flowers that graced my table. By Henry HomeyerSpecial to The Journal Frost was late this year. It was nearly mid-October before we had a hard frost, one that murdered the zinnias and blackened the…

Gardening with Allen: It’s never too soon to prune most plants – The Columbian

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Allen Wilson is a Vancouver gardening specialist. Email Allen Wilson at allenw98663@yahoo.com.

7 Simple Steps To Winterize Your Garden – Prevention.com

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

If you have cannas, dahlias, elephant ear, or other sensitive bulbs and tubers like these, then you need to dig them up before winter. You’ll want to place them in a dark, cool location like the basement—but research the best storage recommendation based on plant. Then in spring, you can replant them for another season. If you don’t do this, you risk losing the plant altogether. Since many of these…

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