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How Your Garden Can Help the Honeybees

Honeybees are an important part of our ecosystem. More than one-third of the fruits and vegetables we eat rely on honeybees for pollination. In the garden, honeybees help pollinate your plants and flowers to keep them healthy and blooming. Honeybees do so much for us, which is why it’s alarming to...

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Roses in the Drought

As California enters its 4 th year of drought, we will be living under mandatory state water restrictions — the first ever for the state. The restrictions will affect mostly urban areas, and therefore what happens in the garden. Roses in the Drought was also the topic of a talk I attended a while...

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Excessive Rainfall and Its Effects on the Garden

By Kristen Pullen Are you tired of the rain yet? It’s safe to say that most of us here in southeastern Pennsylvania are saying, “Enough already!” The total rainfall amounts for the past few months in Philadelphia have broken the previously held records, with June totaling 10.49 inches and July...

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Small Space Vegetable Gardening Yields Big Results

Summer is officially here and all that spring busy work is finally starting to pay off. The soil of my small vegetable garden that was so carefully dug and enriched in March is finally starting to aid in producing some great stuff. A few leafy greens, spinach, and peas have been harvested and I’m...

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Beneficials in the Garden

Beneficials in the Garden

As we enter the months of July and August, the longer and hotter days will provide the ideal environment for pest populations to increase. However, not all the bugs calling your garden home are the enemy. These helpful bugs are known as beneficials. They are natural predators of garden pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and mites. While some beneficials are naturally present in the environment, there are certain steps you can take to attract more of these useful bugs to your garden.

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Leaning Tower of Peas-A

Okay, we’ll it’s not leaning and we are not in Italy, but…I couldn’t resist the catchy title for this blog post. We do have a tower of sorts and we do have peas. Loads of them! After a few years of experimenting with different trellises, towers, and tuteurs (you may remember the Tomato Steeple my...

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Small-Space Gardening

By Sarah Hammons Like many other twenty-somethings, I’m in that living situation post-parents’ house and pre-mortgage of my own; in other words, an apartment. At my parents’ house, I had the luxury of a decent sized yard to garden in, but my current apartment only offers a small concrete patio...

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Spotlight On: The Pink Knock Out® Rose

Single petals just like the original Knock Out® but in a beautiful shade of bright pink. And like the other members of the family, The Pink Knock Out® Rose is black spot resistant, drought tolerant and self-cleaning. It's a perfect companion to other shrubs, roses and perennials. What looks good...

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When Roses Go Dormant

Why do Roses go Dormant? Dormancy is an essential part of the life cycle of a rose. It is part of the natural cycle whereby the rose drops any foliage that could be damaged by freezing temperatures. In a way, the plant begins to create its own antifreeze. The cell sap begins to thicken, helping to...

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Fall is a Great Time for Planting Roses

Fall is not just a time to plant your spring bulbs and enjoy colorful foliage, it is also an excellent time to plant roses. The Knock Out® Family of Roses and Drift® Roses are perfect for fall planting. The sun is still able to nurture a newly planted rose and the cool nights are perfect for...

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