• Growing Dwarf Alberta Spruce

    Evergreens are an important component of the home landscape. They provide color year round and formal shapes to the garden. Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca var. Albertiana ‘Conica’ is a dwarf cultivar of the Alberta White spruce...

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  • New seedless grape variety from Cornell will appeal to home growers

    Exciting news from Cornell University this month about the newest offering from their grape breeders.  Everest Seedless is a cold-tolerant, blue-colored Concord-type grape with berries that are roughly twice the size of the traditional Concord. The new...

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  • Zinnias peak in my garden in early September. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    September – Bounty and Blight

    September is a bountiful time of year with summer crops still being harvested and autumn crops almost ready for picking.  There is also an abundance of local fruit available at farmer’s markets including peaches and apples. I...

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  • Native Summersweet shrub, ‘Ruby Spice’ growing in foundation plantings outside Kendall Elementary School in Kendall. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    Summersweet, a fragrant blooming shrub

    Summersweet clethra (Clethra alnifolia) lives up to its name. The native shrub blooms in mid-summer and features nicely fragrant blooms. Summersweet, also known as Sweet Pepperbush, is native to the eastern United States, and is commonly found...

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  • 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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