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Gardening: Making most of rain will help your backyard and beyond – The Columbus Dispatch

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

By Diana LockwoodFor The Columbus Dispatch Along with sunlight, soil and water are vital resources for all life — as gardeners well know. If your yard includes healthy soil and receives clean, plentiful water, then your job is easy. If not, it can become a never-ending battle. “We have interrupted the water cycle,” Sara Ernst, conservation implementation specialist at the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District,…

Master gardening: Enjoy a morning at the award-winning gardens of Rudy Park – York Daily Record/Sunday News

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Visitors check out a stand at last year’s Open House at Rudy Park.(Photo: Rich Silverman) All spring and summer, gardeners have been working and are now enjoying the fruits of our labors – beautiful flowers, fresh vegetables, birds, butterflies and other wildlife that we have attracted to our gardens. Meanwhile, Penn State Master Gardener volunteers, along with York County Juvenile Probation and the York County Department of Parks and Recreation, have…

Gardening tips and tricks – The Daily Times

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

<!– SHOW ARTICLE –> Dear Heloise: Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for me. I’ve come up with my favorite gardening hints: ≤ My spade and shovel get a quick spray of silicone lubricant — this allows the dirt to slide right off. ≤ A good way to add nutrients to the soil is with Epsom salts, which are made of magnesium and sulfate. A small amount (less than…

Credit Gardening 101 – WBRC FOX6 News – WBRC.com

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

You may be a whiz at vegetable gardening or flower gardening, but how are you at credit gardening? That may sound like you are buying plants on credit, but in this case, good credit is the product of your gardening. Instead of harvesting fresh vegetables or springtime flowers, your harvest will be an improved credit score. Your objective is to remove items that drag down your credit score the “weeds”…

A tail-wagging garden – Omaha World-Herald

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Your pets love to spend time outside in the yard, but your garden might not be the friendliest place for them to explore. There are hazards in those gardens, such as poisonous and thorny plants, deep-water areas and a garden that’s sprayed in pesticides. “Just as you would puppy- proof your house, you should do the same for the garden, which can be just as full…

Rock the Garden returns to the Walker in familiar, Revolutionary form – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

To paraphrase Rock the Garden’s 2004 headliner, David Byrne, this year’s installment of the big Walker Art Center outdoor gig was essentially same as it ever was. The perennially sold-out music fest — a marketing event for the Walker and 89.3 the Current — returned to its usual location beside the art museum on Saturday after a year away during construction on the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It also returned to…

Weekend: Protect your plants with proper pest control – The Courier

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

By KARLA DENNIS For many people, having a home garden is a way to have fresh foods without the use of conventional pesticides. A quick internet search for organic gardening will bring up many tips and tricks to combat pests. However, do the recommendations for the use of insecticidal soap, neem oil, companion planting, and other ideas really work? Much of the nonconventional small-scale gardening practices rely on trial and…

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Wicked Local Norwell

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Every growing season has its joys and disappointments. Forty years of dirt digging have taught me to expect and accept yearly extremes; too cold, too hot, or too dry, too wet, and rarely, if ever, the ideal growing conditions in any given season for all those delectable plants we passionate gardeners endeavor to cultivate. The long-term effects of our weather extremes in recent years may still…

This week’s gardening tasks should include deadheading and digging – The News Tribune

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

The third week of July is when perennial gardeners can cut back early blooming Shasta daisies, delphiniums and other plants to renew them for a second flush of flowers later in the season. Garden cleanup begins this month for many plants as flowers fade and new growth begins to block pathways or shade neighboring plants. Keep a pair of kitchen scissors handy to use when deadheading flowers and getting snippy…

Girl Scout creates butterfly garden for church – Times Herald-Record

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

By Jessica TalmadgeFor the Times Herald-Record My name is Jessica Talmadge and I am going to be a senior at Middletown High School. I am an Ambassador (which is the highest level in Girl Scouts) in Troop 101, in Middletown. I have just completed my Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts. The Gold Award can be achieved by any Girl Scout who is…

Gardening At American School For The Deaf Fosters Life Skills – Hartford Courant

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sifting through dirt in a raised planter bed, four students at the American School for the Deaf on Friday saw the fruits of their labor first-hand, or in this case, the potatoes of their labor. Starting in April, students Caleb George, Luis Mandato, Chatel Roberts and Daniel Schevchuk, started working in a garden off to the side of the school property, planting a variety of different vegetables, and some strawberries,…

Pick, then prune: Give blackberries some TLC after harvest – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer blackberries are a joy of July. But after picking those backyard berries, give their canes a little TLC. That will help assure a good harvest next summer, too. Blackberries and other berries bear fruit on second-year growth, so the canes sprouting now will yield next year’s crop. To avoid creating a thicket, older canes are removed after fruiting. (For most varieties, they will not bear again.) After harvesting berries,…

Perspectives: Growing a soul-filled garden, life – Greenwich Time

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Caption Close “A sower went out to sow a seed…” This is the beginning of one of the “word pictures” or parables that Jesus of Nazareth told as reported in Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus used this rich Hebrew tradition of parables to express ideas and images of the sovereign love and rule of God. During these summer weeks, the lectionary used by so many Christian churches takes us parable by parable…

These hungry bug eaters put on a show – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

They look like they’re from another planet, and that’s part of their allure. With neon bright hues, these unworldly plants twist their foliage and branches into strange shapes – tubes, pitchers, even snakes. Others are covered with dewy, sticky hairs; the better for killing prey. They all have one thing in common; they “eat” bugs. And that makes carnivorous plants endlessly fascinating. “The No. 1 question I get from kids:…

Say Hello to WW’s New Pot Plants, Which Were Generously Donated After We Accidentally Killed Our Last Ones – Willamette Week

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

About Dana Alston Dana Alston is an intern at Willamette Week. A native of the Bay Area, he moved to Oregon seeking an education and clean-tasting water. David Fincher and Michael Haneke are his deities of choice.

Say Hello to WW’s New Pot Plants, Which Were Generously Donated After We Accidentally Killed Our Last Ones – Willamette Week

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

About Dana Alston Dana Alston is an intern at Willamette Week. A native of the Bay Area, he moved to Oregon seeking an education and clean-tasting water. David Fincher and Michael Haneke are his deities of choice.

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