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Top 10 List of Pests That Affect HouseplantsTop 10 List of Pests That Affect Houseplants
By paulgrow on November 24, 2015

As the outdoor gardening season is winding down in many parts of the country, a lot of us are bringing plants indoors or purchasing houseplants to keep our thumbs green during the winter months. Do you know that most pests that affect houseplants are brought in hitchhiking on other plants? I’ll help you identify many of those pests.

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Recycled Plant LabelsRecycled Plant Labels
By paulgrow on August 24, 2014

Don't throw away those canning lids after you empty the jars.

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Seed Saving TipSeed Saving Tip
By paulgrow on September 30, 2012

This is an easy way to sort seeds.

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Control Those Weeds: Poison IvyControl Those Weeds: Poison Ivy
By paulgrow on August 28, 2012

This is the fourth in a series that will offer descriptions and control measures for some of the most common weeds. For the most part I will be referring to weeds found in the Midwest because that’s where I live and these are the ones I’m most familiar with.

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Recognize the Signs of Heat Stroke Before It's Too LateRecognize the Signs of Heat Stroke Before It's Too Late
By paulgrow on August 15, 2012

Heat stroke is a serious condition that many gardeners are at risk of experiencing, especially during the hot, humid days of summer.

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Control Those Weeds: Garlic MustardControl Those Weeds: Garlic Mustard
By paulgrow on August 1, 2012

This is the third article in a series that will offer descriptions and control measures for some of the most common weeds. For the most part I will be referring to weeds found in the Midwest because that’s where I live and these are the ones I’m most familiar with.

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Control Those Weeds: Field BindweedControl Those Weeds: Field Bindweed
By paulgrow on June 27, 2012

This is the second article in a series that will offer descriptions and control measures for some of the most common weeds: Field Bindweed.

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Control Those Weeds: Creeping CharlieControl Those Weeds: Creeping Charlie
By paulgrow on June 13, 2012

The first in a series of articles on controlling weeds covers Creeping Charlie.

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Pesto Takes a New DirectionPesto Takes a New Direction
By paulgrow on June 3, 2012

Do you realize that there are many ways to make pesto besides using the traditional basil as the main ingredient? Almost any leafy green can be substituted for basil to make this culinary treat.

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Watering Tip for Newly Planted Trees and ShrubsWatering Tip for Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs
By paulgrow on May 28, 2012

Use a root feeder when watering newly planted trees and shrubs. It prevents runoff, gets the water to the root zone and saves water. These can be often picked up at a garage sale for a dollar or two.

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Taking the Mystery out of Soil pHTaking the Mystery out of Soil pH
By paulgrow on December 30, 2011

pH is a measurement of the power of hydrogen (hence “pH”). It is measured on a scale of 0-14, 0 being extremely acidic while 14 is extremely alkaline. Why is it important and how do we control it? I'll take the mystery out and explain exactly what pH is and what it does.

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All- America Selections for 2012All- America Selections for 2012
By paulgrow on December 23, 2011

Each year AAS judges get together to judge the “best of the best” flowers and vegetables. The panel is comprised of individuals associated with some of the premier seed companies in the country. These awards are not given lightly. Each entry must meet high standards in order to be considered for these prestigious awards. There are four winners for 2012, two each in the flower and vegetable categories.

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Make Finding Tools a Bit EasierMake Finding Tools a Bit Easier
By paulgrow on November 7, 2011

Use brightly colored electrician's tape or paint on the handles of your favorite garden tools. It makes finding them much easier when you lay them down in the garden.

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Diseases That Affect HouseplantsDiseases That Affect Houseplants
By paulgrow on November 7, 2011

Houseplants create a pleasant atmosphere in our homes; diseases can affect the health and vigor of our plants. Proper care and early detection of diseases will ensure healthy, good looking plants.

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Winterizing Garden ToolsWinterizing Garden Tools
By paulgrow on October 19, 2011

All of the leaves have been raked and added to the compost; frost has put all of the plants to sleep for the winter. The outdoor furniture has been covered or moved into the garage. We still have one final task to accomplish before completing our outdoor work for the season. We need to winterize those tools, both power and manual, to ensure they will be ready to go in the spring

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