21 July 2021

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Plants survive gardener’s absence

Plants survive gardener’s absence


In the Garden
What a difference a week makes. Even with a lot of preparation for a trip, one comes home to a garden that has changed dramatically. That...
14 July 2021

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How to maintain a garden while on vacation

How to maintain a garden while on vacation


In the Garden
By Ralph Purkhiser Purdue University Master Gardener Summer vacations are hard for me. I love to travel and I also love taking my n...
23 June 2021

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Plenty of time to plant sweet potatoes

Plenty of time to plant sweet potatoes


In the Garden
One of the last summer crops to be planted is the sweet potato. Since sweet potatoes are very cold-sensitive, one should wait until the s...
16 June 2021

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Getting a rose cutting to root; extending blooms on fall flowers

Getting a rose cutting to root; extending blooms on fall flowers


The roses have been beautiful this year. It certainly has been a banner year so far for flowers, and rose season has been no exception....
09 June 2021

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A history of sweet-scented heliotrope

A history of sweet-scented heliotrope


Each year, I plant a variety of annuals and tender perennials to fill in the gardens and provide blooms for the summer. I like to try new things, and ...
19 May 2021

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All gardeners invited to annual plant exchange

All gardeners invited to annual plant exchange


In the Garden
The cooler-than-normal temperatures have made for an interesting spring in the garden. Since we have not had any major storms with winds,...
12 May 2021

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17-year cicadas poised to invade

17-year cicadas poised to invade


In the Garden
The cicadas are coming! We are all hoping and praying for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued us for more than a year, but w...
05 May 2021

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Mother’s Day perfect time for flowers

Mother’s Day perfect time for flowers


In the Garden
The spring Black Friday is coming this week. Actually, most florists and garden centers are expecting to have the biggest weekend of the ...
28 April 2021

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How to attract hummingbirds to one’s garden

How to attract hummingbirds to one’s garden


I am hoping that last week’s temperature plunge is the last for the season, but I will still wait until after May 10 to plant any tender transplants...
21 April 2021

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Plan to plant a tree on Arbor Day

Plan to plant a tree on Arbor Day


In the Garden
I am now in holiday preparation mode. Before every holiday, there is a time of planning the celebration and assembling all of the things ...