SURPRISE LILIES

Surprise Lily, Magic Lily, Resurrection Lily or Naked Lady, whatever you call it, it is the lily that you see in bloom at this time of the summer with all stems and no foliage. Lycoris is its genus name and is actually grown from a bulb. This lily can be planted anytime, spring, summer or fall, whenever

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WHOOPS — EASY FIX

Last week I went on vacation and some of my plants got too dry without me there to take care of them. I know that this has happened to all of us.

Almost always the damage can be repaired and with very little effort.

First, get out the pruners or your favorite scissors and trim off everything that has

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KALE

Listed in Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 trending foods on the market, kale has taken its place as a great source of vitamins A, C and K with lots of iron, fiber and calcium. It’s easy to grow, fast and inexpensive and loves cool weather. In fact, it’s much easier to grow than tomatoes and

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RE-“POTTING SOIL”

With the weather going crazy this winter, we are all confused about what to do, what to expect and which way to turn. First let me tell you not to even think about tomatoes. All “warm weather” vegetables should be started in April or May, but never in February or March. “Cold crop” vegetables

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VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day comes every year on the same day, February 14th but it does not always fall on the same day of the week which could be good or bad, depending on your circumstances. If you are in the restaurant business Fridays and Saturdays are bad because they are already busy on those two days

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WARM, DRY & WINDY

Today is my birthday and believe it or not, the last time it was this warm was the year I was born, December 1952. While this weather is great for hanging up outdoor Christmas decorations it is not good for any of those live wreaths or live roping as they tend to dry up fast, especially if the wind

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HARVESTING ONIONS

I am sure that there is someone reading this that still has onions growing outside in their garden. Well, it’s time to harvest.

Onions do like to be cold when they go into storage but any temperatures below freezing (32 degrees) is just too cold so dig them up now and prepare them for storage. Usually

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HARDY-GARDEN MUMS

Forty-four years ago when I was only 18 years old, my first job was to grow 350-6” potted “florist-quality” chrysanthemums each week, 52 weeks out of the year. The difference between a florist-quality mum and a hardy-garden mum is that the hardy mum is a cold weather perennial that should come

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GARDENS & E. COLI

We have all heard of outbreaks of E. coli in spinach crops as well as other vegetables, fruits and meats and poultry. But can this happen to us in our own gardens? Absolutely, this can happen to you in your gardens and in your kitchens. So what are the problems that cause E. coli to be found in your

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HOME REMEDIES, ETC.

Over the years we have talked about some “home remedies” such as using a Pampers diaper in the bottom of a hanging basket or patio pot to retain moisture in the soil for a more even, watering technique. Also the use of Epsom Salts as magnesium sulfate either by mixing 2 tablespoons to

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NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

During the spring and summer gardening season plants seem to go through many changes due to the weather, soil pH, nutrient levels and air flow. How to determine the mysteries is mostly by examining the stems and the leaves of your affected plants. Look for veins that turn yellow or reddish/purple,

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NO SMOKING ZONE

Tomato Mosaic Virus is a virus that strikes not only tomatoes but also many other flowers and vegetables as well. Sadly, there is no cure for the virus so the only alternative is to dig up not just the infected plants, but also the ones on either side, then discard them. DO NOT through them into your

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SPRING FEVER

Normally I would say that all of this warm weather has us itching for a great spring but then I think, “What warm weather!?” We have hardly even experienced more than two days in a row of spring-like weather. As I recall, April is the month for spring and early garden plantings such as

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CONTAINER GARDENING

Container gardening has become more popular these days as we are so busy with vacationing, lake cottages, work and family events, that many of us just don’t spend a lot of time with the traditional garden. The container, or combination pot can be made in just a short time and then sat on the

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