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Edible Container Gardening in 8 Easy Steps

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Edible Container Gardening in Eight Easy Steps Nothing tastes quite as good as homegrown vegetables, fruits and herbs picked fresh from your garden. Not everyone has the space and/or time for a big garden. An increasing number of people living in townhouses, condos, and apartments have discovered how to enjoy growing edibles in containers. First; Choosing the Plants: some tried and true vegetables suitable for containers include tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, cucumbers and so on. No matter what you decide to grow it is a good idea to look for varieties that include

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Edible Gardens

Edible Gardens

Edible Gardens Blend your fruits, vegetables and herbs with the flowers in your garden to create a potager. Potage: is French for soup. Potager: a garden where soup ingredients and then some are grown. It is a style that is presently enjoying a revival. A potager is a series of growing beds intersected by paths as space allows. There are two ways to grow food plants with aesthetics in mind. One is to add suitable edibles to existing flower beds such as parsley or red-leafed lettuce bordering perennials or roses, a patch of Swiss-chard or

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Fall Clean-ups

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Did you know a well-planned fall cleanup will benefit your lawns and flowerbeds? While most homeowners think of fall cleanup as leaf raking and disposal, there are numerous ways to give your grass and plants TLC in preparation for winter. These helpful hints can provide wildlife with shelter and food, weeds become easier to control, and plant diseases can be minimized.

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Q: Where is the P (phosphorus)?

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The middle number on bags of lawn fertilizer seems to be disappearing. Why is that? Well, in addition to being one of the primary macro-nutrients needed to grow turf grass and most other plants, phosphorous (P) can be very harmful as a pollutant to surface waters. Phosphorous has very low downward mobility in soil and this low soil mobility can be further complicated by fine textured, heavy soils like clay (Richmond clay).

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Best Lawn Management Practices

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Right Product Use the correct fertilizer for your soil conditions. Your soil should be tested annually to determine what type of fertilizer nutrients are needed. Slow release nitrogen is preferable as an environmentally responsible choice Slow release nitrogen can be found in organic as well as synthetic fertilizers. Directions on the fertilizer bag should be followed to ensure the best results with that product for your lawn and the environment. Right Rate Use the right amount of fertilizer. Follow fertilizer rate recommendations. More is not always better. Too much fertilizer can result in burning and

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Gardening for Pollinators

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What are pollinators? Pollinators are organisms that aid in the transfer of flower pollen to allow for the fertilization of plants which is essential to fruit and seed production. Some plants such as most grasses have very light pollen which is easily carried in the wind but most plants (80% of flowering plants) are dependent on pollinators to transfer their pollen.

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Top Dressing Lawns

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Top dressing is the process of applying compost, top dressing soil, garden soil, topsoil or composted top dressing pellets over the surface of your lawn. Top dressing is a way to restore balance to your lawn, build good soil and increase your soil flora. Good soil is living soil which contains billions of microorganisms.

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Q What needs to be done in the fall for care of my lawn and beds?

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A: In late August to late September you should repair damaged lawn areas, monitor for insect damage when the lawn greens up with fall rains, core aerate in combination with seeding or top dressing, apply nematodes if grub damage present or as a preventative measure, re-seed or sod necessary areas, & de-thatching if there is a thatch problem.

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Q: What is pruned in the fall?

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A: Pruning is an important part of plant and shrub care that is performed for both aesthetic reasons and for plant health. Pruning is the cutting away of unwanted parts of a plant for more fruitful growth and shaping. You should prune a plant or shrub to remove crossed, damaged or diseased branches which will stress the plant. Anytime is a good time to prune away dead growth, broken or diseased limbs, and suckers as undesired growth drains energy from the plant.

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Q: Do I need to fertilize my lawn in the fall?

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A: Yes, fall fertilization is vital. Healthy soil provides nourishment to grow healthy grass. The soil itself needs to replenish its nutrients so it can continue to keep your lawn healthy. Keeping your soil healthy with the addition of the necessary nutritional elements is called fertilization. All fertilizers provide three main nutrients for the grass, which are listed by percentage weight on fertilizer packages. These are: nitrogen (N) which is necessary for stem and leaf growth; phosphorous (P) which promotes root, fruit and flower growth; and potassium (K) which assists other nutrients to function well

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Q: How can I take care of my roses?

A:  When planting roses, select resistant varieties, plant them with adequate spacing and give them plenty of compost. Roses thrive with fish emulsion fertilizers. Roses need to be pruned appropriately. All the alliums – garlic, onions, chives and shallots are beneficial to roses, protecting them against black spot, mildew and aphids. Companion planting or inter-planting the allium family with roses is a natural way to control disease and insect problems as well as naturally causing the roses to produce a stronger perfume.

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