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PHS Fall Festival A Bounty Of Family Fun

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Fall Festival, this Saturday at the Navy Yard, offers seasonal fun for the whole family.


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Freeze Herbs Before Mother Nature Does

While lots of herbs won’t survive winter outdoors, many herbs freeze very well inside.


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Fall Flower Bed Is Dream Come True For Hungry Birds

As flowers die back, many turn into bare brown knobs atop dry tan stems. Not much to look at but birds see it as a buffet.


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Protecting Your Plants From Pests

Someone down the street planted a quince shrub this summer, surrounded it with a low chicken wire cage and put up pinwheels discourage visitors. Will it work?


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Aster Offers Carefree Groundcover

What do you plant in those places that get a lot of sun, where you’d also like to suppress weeds? Try a low-growing native aster.


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A Bloomin’ Hardy Hydrangea

If your big leaf hydrangeas didn’t bloom much this year, after the long winter, what you can do this fall to have more hydrangea flowers next summer is plant our native hydrangeas.


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HoneyFest Kicks Off Friday At Wagner

If you’re free this Friday, you can kick off the first day of the Philadelphia Honey Festival at the Wagner Free Institute of Science.


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Prune Only Hydrangea’s Bare Branches

Other than bare branches, don’t start snipping and pruning your big leaf hydrangeas now or you’ll cut away any chance of having any blooms next year.


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Philadelphia Honey Festival Is The Place To Bee This Weekend

The Philadelphia Honey Festival is this weekend with three days of events at three locations, Friday through Sunday.


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Managing Garden Pests

Hoards of beetles seemed to hatch in my garden almost overnight. When it comes to garden pests, If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.


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Rich Soil May Be Poor Choice For Morning Glories

Like people, some plants are picky eaters and simply don’t thrive on a rich diet.


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Plant Now For Fall Harvest

There are plenty of foods you can plant now, to harvest all through autumn and even into December


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Late Summer Plant Sales Begin

Late summer plant sales are a sure sign Fall is fast approaching.


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A Little Glory For Morning Glories

Some morning glories can be very weedy, and the ones in my garden are certainly ‘volunteers’, I never planted them. So, I enjoy a few, and weed the rest.


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Seeds Grow To Flowers With Little Effort

I’ve never really started many plants from seed because doing it indoors always seems so fussy and labor intensive to me. But, seeds sprinkled outside grow with little effort on your part.





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