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Create a new garden bed by layering organic waste. Sheet composting requires no digging and results in a healthy environment for all plants.
Radio interview source: Cindy Wise, Compost Specialist Volunteer Program, Oregon State University Extension Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   When most people...
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When it gets really hot, we start shutting down. The same thing happens with tomato plants. If your tomatoes seem to be on hold and not setting fruit, blame it on the heat.
Radio interview source: Brad Bergefurd, Horticulture Extension Educator, Ohio State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   The heat is a real concern to...
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Not all bugs in the garden are harmful. Some are there to help you by eating the bad bugs.
It's normal to plant certain flowers because they're rumored to repel pesky insects. However, you don't want to scare them all away, because some of them eat bad bugs such as aphids...
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A creative gardener gives 10 tips for brightening up your shady yard.
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You can have pets in the yard and still have a beautiful landscape. Petscaping is landscape design with animals in mind to create space you'll both love.
Radio interview source: Scott Cohen, Garden Designer/Author\ Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Many dogs find their favorite spots in the yard. You can work your pet's...
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Everything greens up nicely in the spring – including weeds. Win the war on weeds with a healthy lawn, timing your weed attack, and using control methods.
Radio interview source: Rhonda Ferree, Extension Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Invasive spring weeds are nobody's friend...
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It's not necessary to spend hours in the garden. By choosing low-maintenance plants and gardening practices, your landscape will look great with little fuss.
Radio interview source: Denny Schrock, Garden Editor, Better Homes & Gardens Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Irises, lilacs, peonies, and lilies are among the low-...
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The USDA has released a new version of its plant hardiness zone map. You may be in a new zone, but this is no reason to upset your gardening plans
Radio interview source: Kim Kaplan, Spokeswoman, Agricultural Research Service, USDA Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   The USDA's plant hardiness zone map...
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Rain gardens will help drain collected yard water, prevent runoff, and beautify your landscape.
Radio interview source: Denny Schrock, Garden Editor, Better Homes & Gardens Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below If there's an area of your yard that collects water,...
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To find the right peony for your garden, consider color and length of season before you make a decision
Radio interview source: Laverne Dunsmore, Co-Owner, Countryside Gardens Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Peonies are a lazy gardener's dream. They're one of the...

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