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Roy Diblik

Nationally known plantsman Roy Diblik has been studying and growing plants for more than 30 years. Author of Roy Diblik’s Small Perennial Gardens: The Know Maintenance Approach, he is also a consultant, speaker and co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington.

 

 

What’s All the Buzz About?
by Douglas A. Spilker, Ph.D. - posted 09/04/13

Not everything that buzzes in your garden is a “bee.” One of the biggest concerns for many is whether these insects will sting. Being stung is most likely when you disturb their nests or make an extra effort to provoke them. Stinging insect identification is actually relatively easy. There are both visual and behavioral cues that can help you determine who is buzzing in your garden ...   >> read article
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Support for Big Tomatoes
by Patsy Bell Hobson - posted 08/28/13

This sounds like a vegetable self-help group, but it is really all about keeping tomatoes off the ground.

Long-time gardeners have usually tried several tomato trellising systems in search of a heavy-duty solution ...   >> read article
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Taking Care of Irises
Late summer is prime time for planting and dividing bear
by Carole Howell - posted 08/23/13

Sometimes called the poor man’s orchid, the bearded iris, with its myriad of colors, puts a new box of crayons to shame. These diverse, drought-resistant garden beauties provide an elegant centerpiece for many Southern gardens, with their magnificent spring blooms. But the plants are great in the garden even after the blooms have faded, thanks to their lush green stalks.   >> read article
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Rock On
by Ron Kushner - posted 08/21/13

Want to create a new kind of small-space garden that is the perfect venue in which to try a new palette of plants? Start a rock garden! Here’s how.
Rock gardens can be created easily and are ideal for gardeners with limited space. Exposure should be full sun for at least five hours but partial shade, especially in the afternoon, is fine ...   >> read article
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Oh, Bother Leave Me Alone
by Douglas A. Spilker, Ph.D. - posted 08/16/13

Most pests in the home garden can be managed, but I don’t like it when they bother me! Insects may bite or sting — but they don’t do it to be mean. Biting and stinging behaviors are survival mechanisms for many insects and arthropods, and are generally related to obtaining food or for defense ...   >> read article
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