Rainy Days for these Carpenters can mean saying goodbye to wood in homes

May 15, 2024 /

Ah, the ‘70s, the time of my (and maybe your) youth. I loved The Carpenters, the duo. But there is another duo of carpenters I…

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Garden Up! Space-saving structures for your garden

May 9, 2024 /

It inevitably happens every few years, I get a call from someone growing grapes or the perennial flower vines wisteria or trumpet vine. They lament…

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When your cabbages become cue balls and other spring pests

May 2, 2024 / Comments Off on When your cabbages become cue balls and other spring pests

It happens every year about this time. People point out their excitement about seeing those first butterflies of spring. Maybe it is the brown/orange Red…

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The Lawn Ranger Returns … but timing is everything

April 25, 2024 / Comments Off on The Lawn Ranger Returns … but timing is everything

Yesterday, when planting some onion sets with 40 K-2 students, several of them were more interested in picking dandelions than the task at hand. But…

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Don’t cry … Onion growing easy and delicious!

April 18, 2024 / Comments Off on Don’t cry … Onion growing easy and delicious!

Besides asparagus, there is nothing that signals spring vegetable gardening to me more than growing some sweet, mild green onions (scallions). And paraphrasing the old…

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Grow your own tacos: thoughts on themed container gardens

April 4, 2024 / Comments Off on Grow your own tacos: thoughts on themed container gardens

We are on the precipice of gardening season now, and gardeners are preparing for what I call our Olympics, ‘tis the season of garden center…

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Sugar snap, snow and shelling — Spring is time for peas!

April 4, 2024 / Comments Off on Sugar snap, snow and shelling — Spring is time for peas!

Each season has its signature vegetables. I can’t think of summer without almost tasting a just-picked tomato or that smell of cucumbers. For me, peas…

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Peek-a-boo, did frost get you? Bud blast

March 28, 2024 / Comments Off on Peek-a-boo, did frost get you? Bud blast

Ahhh, Mother Nature … you and your fickle thermostat. First, you lure us into this non-winter winter, then you dial down the thermostat radically, to…

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Just don’t do it …Turf under trees is a no-win situation

March 21, 2024 / Comments Off on Just don’t do it …Turf under trees is a no-win situation

There are a few questions that are considered “regulars” every year. One of the most common concerns turf and trees. The call will start with,…

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One for all, all for one — Insights on Plant Breeding

March 14, 2024 / Comments Off on One for all, all for one — Insights on Plant Breeding

It is meteorological spring, and Mother Nature is back at it using her thermostat like a roulette wheel. But she is tending to stay on…

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