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Protect your plants from freezing night time temperatures

Protect your plants from freezing night time temperatures

Protect your plants from freezing night time temperatures It doesn’t seem fair that Mother Nature blesses us with a few 70 degree, sunny days that wake up our “sleeping beauty” flowering trees and shrubs and then sends us nighttime temperatures below freezing for two...

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Get your garden started now!

Get your garden started now!

While the days are cold and dreary and maybe even a little snow on the ground; now is actually the time to start thinking about starting your own garden vegetable plants indoors from seed.  Many vegetables have suggested indoor seed starting dates in the date range...

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Fall Garden Planting

Fall Garden Planting

For the last few weeks, you've been (hopefully) enjoying some wonderful harvests from your summer vegetable, flower and herb gardens. You've been watching your tomatoes grow to the perfect size and the perfect shade of red or yellow, you're about to have more...

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Late to the party- our favorite “late” bloomers

Late to the party- our favorite “late” bloomers

In most cases, mid July isn't considered late summer- technically it's still the first month, but a gardener's calendar and mind can look at time a little differently. Even though there's a full two months until the first official day of Autumn, we're now in what can...

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From (A)pples to (Z)ucchini

From (A)pples to (Z)ucchini

Some of you may be lucky enough to be harvesting some crops from your home gardens by now. Namely, summer squash like straightneck yellow squash & zucchini. Zucchini & yellow squash have a shorter growing season than a lot of other crops, so even with the...

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Cedar Apple Rust- what is it, how to treat it

Cedar Apple Rust- what is it, how to treat it

To a gardener, juniper trees & apple trees are like oil & water- they don't mix. Well, they DO mix, but not in a good way. Cedar apple rust (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae) is a fungal disease that requires juniper plants to complete its complicated two...

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Jumping in June for pollinator perennials

Jumping in June for pollinator perennials

June is a big month for gardeners. Spring gives way to summer, it's National Pollinator Month and June is also Perennial Gardening Month. This month is a really great time get your perennials in the ground, and be sure to include some native pollinator plants to also...

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Don’t forget your medicine

Don’t forget your medicine

Most of us know by now how beneficial gardening, plants and growing your own food can be. First and foremost are the improvements to your mental and physical health. Improving environmental conditions, benefits to the economy (local and at large,) and strengthening...

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Squash (the) Vine Borer

Squash (the) Vine Borer

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cabbage worms, and squash vine borers. No, that's not how the old nursery rhyme goes, but it's how some of our gardens are. It's no wonder that while we are excited to reap the benefits of...

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Cabbage Worms & Loopers- what to watch for

Cabbage Worms & Loopers- what to watch for

Last week we locked horns with some deer issues. It's another week, and so another critter to wrestle. Are you noticing signs of pests worming their way in to your vegetable plants? If you're seeing some holes in the leaves of your Cole crops (cruciferous vegetables,...

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Oh, deer….

Oh, deer….

Picture it, 2020, Cincinnati, (not Sicily 😉 ) you're in your garden...it survived the post Mother's Day frost, it's surviving  COVID-19, and therefore, it's *probably*surviving you obsessively checking each sprout, bud, new leaf or growth every day, multiple times a...

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What to do with late season frost damage

What to do with late season frost damage

It's *almost* hard to believe we're still contending with frost warnings around and AFTER Mother's Day, but then we remember: we're in Cincinnati, it's 2020, we're in the middle of a global pandemic, and just about anything seems possible. It does seem like we're in...

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To Prune, or Not To Prune

To Prune, or Not To Prune

We'd like to chat about pruning your flowering spring bulbs, plants & shrubs for a minute. You may notice some of your daffodils, jonquils, hyacinths, tulips, and other spring bulbs have given you a few weeks of beautiful color, but are now starting to look a...

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National Garden Bureau’s 2020 Annual of the Year

National Garden Bureau’s 2020 Annual of the Year

And the winner is: Lantana Lantana has a rich history of being utilized in the garden for long-lasting, colorful blooms, superior heat tolerance and the ability to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Featuring clusters of bright colors, solid as well as...

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The Gardening Gear Guide

The Gardening Gear Guide

  No matter how much of a gardening master or novice you are, the right gear can make a huge difference in your ability to handle garden projects. From having the right outfit to having the perfect tools for the job, each piece of gear can help you save time and...

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Finding the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Finding the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to show your mom just how special she is to you. Your mom carried you, loved you, and has helped you through every step of your life. There may never be a way to repay the kindness she has given you,...

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Problems with your Rhododendrons?

Problems with your Rhododendrons?

Issues with rhododendrons are rare as they are relatively low maintenance plants. Rhododendron pests and disease harm plants that are stressed due to environmental conditions or injury. Common problems of rhododendron bushes can be avoided by providing the best...

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Is Lichen On Trees Harmful?

Is Lichen On Trees Harmful?

If you’re wondering what lichen is, why it’s on your tree, and whether it’s harming the tree, then here are the answers! WHAT IS LICHEN? First, although lichen grows and looks plant-like, it’s not a plant. Instead, lichen is the result of a symbiotic relationship...

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Attract Mother Nature To Your Garden

Attract Mother Nature To Your Garden

A beautiful and complete garden isn’t just attractive to people, it brings in all kinds of different animals from all around the area. The plants you choose to put in your garden will directly affect the kind of animals you attract to your yard. By planting bright and...

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Three Tips for a Beautiful Rose Garden

Three Tips for a Beautiful Rose Garden

Few flowers are as iconic and breathtaking as the classic rose. With blooms ranging from elegant white to bursts of pink, orange, and red, there is a rose that is perfect for any garden. Regardless of your experience level as a gardener, you can easily fill your...

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March Gardening To-Do List

March Gardening To-Do List

March is here and there are a few things that you need to do to make sure that your yard and garden are ready to thrive this spring. A little bit of prep work now will go a long way for your garden’s overall health. From simple lawn care to starting your seedlings,...

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Moss in my yard!

Moss in my yard!

Moss in my yard; are you kidding me? Warmer temperatures and sunshine seemed to have arrived, but unfortunately these desirable changes also start the annual battle with weeds in your lawn or garden. My personal battle this year started like this - I sowed some grass...

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Top 4 Tips to Get Your Garden Ready

Top 4 Tips to Get Your Garden Ready

Gardening and planting in the springtime are some of the most liberating experiences of the whole year. We get to access our inner child, play in the dirt, and make something beautiful and functional. Making sure that you are prepared for spring to come is the most...

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Do you have holes in your vegetable plant leaves?

Do you have holes in your vegetable plant leaves?

Do your vegetable plants look like this and you don't know what to do?         The holes in your vegetable plant leaves are most often caused by chewing insects and can be easily controlled with a safe and organic product from Bonide in a ready to...

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Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators!

Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators!

After more than 25 years of trialing plants, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden knows which plants grow and look best in our region. By focusing that list to the plants that benefit pollinators the most, they have created the Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators...

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Spring Time Pruning

Spring Time Pruning

How and When to Prune Which Plants BY MARIE IANNOTTI Updated 11/27/17 Chris Clinton/Digital Vision/Getty Images Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. It keeps them healthy and encourages fresh, new growth. The trick is in knowing when...

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Lenten Rose – Nature’s early bloomer

Lenten Rose – Nature’s early bloomer

Helleborus, aka Lenten Rose, are one of nature's early bloomers. These deer resistant perennials are perfect for some spring time beauty in your garden. They do well in full sun to partial shade locations and prefer well drained soil. If you would like to learn more...

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Getting ready for the Fall season

Getting ready for the Fall season

It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and fall is on the way in.  Fall fertilizing for your lawn is essential to developing good root growth, so now is a good time to put down Step 2 of the Fertilome Lawn Food with Iron.  Step 3 should be applied sometime...

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Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

Summer lawn care can be a bit stressful for you and your lawn.  Probably so far this spring and summer you've been very happy with how your lawn looks; especially if you've been using the Fertilome 3 step plan.  But now you could be seeing signs of distress in your...

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