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Nancy Donovan

WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MANY VEGETABLES

Barbara Porsch, Master Gardener There often is a time about now when the garden has been producing like crazy.   Your poor counter top hasn’t seen the light of day for weeks because it is covered up with squash, cucumbers and now maybe okra, or whatever is going crazy out in the back yard garden.   WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS? I feel you can never have too many tomatoes because they are so easy to handle.  Of course, you can make sauce or relish to can, but if y Continue Reading...

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MOON FLOWER

by Roger Corzine Datura wrightii is the scientific name for the plant in the picture but locally most of us know it as Moon Flower. I am guessing that the name, Moon Flower, was inspired by this plant’s large, white, moon-shaped flowers that are 4 to 6 inches in diameter that bloom at night and wilt and fade away not long after daylight. Moonflower or Moon Flower is only one of man Continue Reading...

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DAHLIA–A SOMETIMES FORGOTTEN FLOWER

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener The dahlia, in my book, is one of the prettiest and showiest flower in the family garden.  My mother could grow beautiful dahlias that would have taken prizes if she had ever entered them.  Me, I am not so fortunate, but that doesn't keep me from trying!  Dahlias are gorgeous heat lovers that provide color summer through frost. The dahlia was named in the late 1700s for Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl.  The dahlia began to be pop Continue Reading...

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ASSASSIN BUG

 by Carl White     Learning to recognize the insects of the garden is so helpful in order that we don’t destroy the beneficial predators which aid us. Now who, among us, would love to see this monster on our flowers? But actually, they do us no harm if left alone and effectively help us. This effective predator hunter uses the large rostrum, snout, to puncture and secrete tissue dissolving saliva in its prey, thusly killing in this manner. Too numerous to picture here Continue Reading...

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SWEET BAY

by Barbara Porsch Sweet bay is the familiar laurel in Greek and Roman mythology and history. It was dedicated to Apollo, the sun god, and boughs of the tree were circled into crowns to decorate war heroes, athletes, poets and scholars and was used as a part of weddings and funerals. The term baccalaureate comes from ‘earning laurels’ meaning honor and praise. In the 1600s, Nicholas Culpeper an English herbalist, botanist, physician and astrologer not only recommended sweet bay fo Continue Reading...

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CILANTRO

 by Barbara Porsch Today, we will look at Cilantro.  I love cilantro.  Have I not said the same thing about other herbs?    For many, the taste of cilantro is an acquired taste.  You either adore it or abhor it! The fresh green leaves are called cilantro or chinese parsley.  The seeds are called coriander.  Go figure!   So if you find a recipe that calls for fresh coriander or Chinese parsley, you know it is actually wanting cilantro.  Cilantro (Coria Continue Reading...

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GOING ON VACATION?  OH NO!!!

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener There are probably very few people that love to travel  more than I do.  In fact my family says my middle name should be "Go".  I do love to travel, but I love my yard and garden also.  You might have to bury me if I came home to a brown and dying yard!  But, I am blessed to have a neighbor and former Master Gardener that takes care of my yard while we are gone.  I do not worry when we go away as I know Don is taking care of things.  It wasn't always Continue Reading...

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PRAYING MANTIS-THE MOST REVERENT INSECT

Carl White, Master Gardener To observe this most beneficial insect, the preying stance in which the powerful forelegs are folded into a praying posture gives the appearance of prayer. While being quite gentle, some people actually keep the insect as a pet and feed it regularly with an array of bugs. But gentle may be misleading, as the Praying Mantis can be goaded into a self-defense mode in which it will bite. Though harmless and non-toxic, the larger female sometimes will eat the Continue Reading...

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EASY BLOOMS FOR SUMMER – BULBS!

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener When most of us think of planting bulbs in our garden, we usually think of spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, or crocus. These early bloomers do provide us with much needed garden color after a long winter but many gardeners overlook the large number of summer blooming bulbs that add interest to our gardens. Summer blooming bulbs can help fill the gaps in your garden when early flowering perennials have finished blooming. Just like th Continue Reading...

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