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Garden Reports

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‘Dead’ Flowers May Extend The Life Of Your Garden

Maybe you don’t want to dead-head or clean up everything in your garden after all. And, conveniently, certain plants are better left alone.

08/13/2014

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Simple Solution To Prevent Weeds

Here’s a trick for preventing weeds without using herbicides or weed killer.

08/12/2014

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Philadelphia Honey Festival Hosts Cooking Contest

Show off how you cook with honey at the upcoming Philadelphia Honey Festival, the first weekend in September.

08/11/2014

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Popular Plants Enable Further Spread Of Disease

Any disease that attacks popular plants is scary. It’s ugly to see plants dying, expensive to remove and replace them, and it also hurts nurseries and garden centers.

08/06/2014

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Pollen Is In The Air

Ragweed tends to grow in places where you may not be paying a lot of attention, like along the road, or at the far edge of a property. It’s pollen spreads easily.

08/05/2014

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Control Soil By Gardening In Raised Beds Or Containers

One reason I don’t plant vegetables in the ground – you can never really know what’s been buried or spilled there over the years before you arrived.

08/04/2014

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Garden Pests May Serve A Purpose

For devastating infestations on a precious plant or big tree, I’d call a professional. Otherwise, I prune out obvious damage and let Nature fight it out.

07/30/2014

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Don’t Wait For Dead Tree To Kill Someone

If a tree has no leaves, or lots of deadwood and bare branches, you want to take action to keep people, pets and property safe.

07/29/2014

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Don’t Let Potted Plants Go To Pot While You’re Away

Spend a few minutes the next time you’re out watering to reinvigorate your potted plants for the rest of the summer.

07/28/2014

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Two Tempting Trees

Imported from Asia, tree peonies, seen here, are shrubs with strong woody branches that keep their big blooms upright, but there’s a native alternative as well.

07/23/2014

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Bottle Makes Watering Hanging Baskets Easier

A one or two liter plastic bottle, even full of water, is light enough that I can lift it up over my head to reach hanging baskets and it’s easier to pour more precisely than a hose.

07/22/2014

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Visit Barnes Arboretum Medicinal Garden

With just a glance at the tags, see how all kinds of plants have been used around the world across the centuries to treat a myriad of maladies.

07/21/2014

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Mint Knows No Bounds

Mint likes to wander. It won’t be contained by a pot – or a fence. It just keeps going and may start to smother other plants.

07/16/2014

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Multiflora Rose Serves As Host For Rose Rosette Disease

It was already a weed problem, invading gardens and natural areas, but now, Multiflora rose is also known to be the host plant for Rose Rosette Disease.

07/13/2014

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Disease Knocking Out Roses

There’s a devastating disease threatening roses – yup, even those reliably rugged ‘Knock-Out®’ roses you see everywhere, they can get it too.

07/13/2014

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