Deadheading Details

by Nina Koziol

If only all our perennials performed like blanket flower (Gaillardia). It’s one plant that’s flush with flowers, burgeoning buds and attractive globe-shaped seed heads from early summer until frost.   >> read article
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Stiff Bluestar
Amsonia rigida
by Barrett Wilson

Stiff bluestar is an easy-to-grow, but underused, addition to the Pennsylvania garden. Native to open woodlands of the Gulf Coast region, stiff bluestar is much hardier (Zones 5 to 9) than its natural range suggests.   >> read article
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Double Barrel Drought Busters
by Gloria Day

Re-purpose a bedraggled bed to become a rainwater harvesting area with two linked rain barrels. Just be sure to pick the right site (out of sight, preferably) and properly link them together.
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Appreciate the Beneficials
by TC Conner

About 96 percent of all bugs you see are beneficial insects. These insects provide plants with protection, help with pollination and keep the bad bug population in check. They’re not only beneficial to plants but they’re also beneficial to gardeners.   >> read article
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Three Ways to Celebrate Fall with Pumpkins
by Karen Atkins

Maybe I always wanted to be Cinderella, but who knows? It could take a therapist several years and thousands of dollars to unearth the root cause of this obsession. Whatever the reason, I am hopelessly enchanted by pumpkins each fall. If you suffer from the same condition — and you know who you are — here are some ways to satisfy your pumpkin lust this season.   >> read article
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Gardening When it Hurts
by Ilene Sternberg

After a day of gardening, do you crawl into bed with a heat pack, an ice pack or maybe even a six-pack? Do you have special pillows for knee pain, neck pain and a pair of wrist splints for carpal tunnel pain? When you limp to the kitchen for a midnight snack of aspirin, are there so many magnets strapped to your body that you stick to the refrigerator door?   >> read article
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Thousand Cankers Disease Arrives in Pennsylvania
by Tom Butzler

Plant pathologists are usually not the most imaginative bunch when naming plant diseases. For instance, the rose disease caused by the fungus Diplocarpon rosae, causes a black spot on the foliage. This disease was given the name “black spot.” Another example is the fungal organism that causes a leaf spot on strawberry. In this instance, it was given the colorful name “common leaf spot.”   >> read article
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Mudcrete
Tips on Building an Attractive Retaining Wall
by Gerald Klingaman, Ph.D.

The only sunny, level piece of ground on our lot is in the front yard, next to the driveway. Despite my well-reasoned and insightful explanation of why my new greenhouse should go there, my wife vetoed the idea. So, the only other location ...   >> read article
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