• A Garden of Virtues

    Working at a local Cooperative Extension office means I get to see local gardeners and homeowners who come in seeking advice and answers to gardening questions. Recently, a family was concerned that they might have giant hogweed...

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  • Adult female and nymph deer ticks. Both can bite humans and animals. As we move towards fall, most tick nymphs will be reaching their adult size. Photo provided by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
    Tick populations on the rise

    Tick populations are on the rise and as we head into late summer, it’s important to be aware of the places where you are most likely to find ticks and how to prevent being bitten. Here in...

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  • Frogs are important garden helpers

    A recent letter from a reader prompted research into frog populations. The reader wrote that she is concerned because she has not seen or heard as many frogs this year, describing what could be called a “silent...

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  • Galvanized trash cans used as containers spotted during a summer road trip to Minnesota. Containers benefit from regular maintenance to keep them looking healthy and lush. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    Maintaining your container gardens

    Container gardens are very popular because they allow for growing flowers, herbs, vegetables and even fruits in small spaces. Container gardens do need regular maintenance, however, to keep them vigorous as the growing season progresses. The National...

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  • Choosing colors for your home landscape is fun.  Think about your favorite colors and use them as a starting point. Pink and gold is one of my favorite color combinations. Photo by K. Gabalski
    Color inspiration for the garden

    Picking a color scheme is one of the most important decisions when designing your home landscape. Deciding on a color scheme is fun, but there are more color options available in plants and flowers than ever before,...

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  • Tomatoes: Tips for successful crop

    Now that vegetable gardens are being planted, it’s time once again to focus on the most popular of vegetable garden plants – the tomato. Here are some tips for this year’s crop. According to the National Gardening...

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  • Of Mulches, Moss and Myosotis

    With the gardening season finally underway, here are a few topics of interest as you dig, weed, plant, dig and weed some more. Firstly, if you are preparing to plant your tomatoes – be sure to wait...

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  • A letter from a dear friend …

    A recent letter to “Get Out and Grow” inspired this column on Jerusalem artichokes – Helianthus tuberosus, also known as sunchokes. Jerusalem artichokes are a North American native perennial vegetable that adapts to most soil types, even...

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  • Spring lawn care

    Now is the time to start preparing for a lush, green lawn this summer.  Maintaining a lawn that is free from weeds and pests can be a labor intensive process and depending upon your yard care priorities,...

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    Purple in the garden

    If you love purple, 2018 is your year.  Ultra Violet was chosen as the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year and that means purple will be making its way into fashionable gardens. Pantone picked the purple hue...

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