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Posted Jul 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

“Do what we can, summer will have its flies."— Ralph Waldo EmersonSummer will also have its aphids, mites, earwigs, beetles ... I could swear I’m operating a bed and breakfast for bugs in my garden!It’s the time of year I feel utterly outnumbered by pests, and I’m tempted to grab the nastiest insecticide I can lay my hands on and really let those garden gobblers have it! Yet Integrated Pest Management, recommended by...

Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 8:13 AM

The art of layering a garden is a special talent. Rarely do you plant an entire garden bed all at once and then walk away. Truth be told, this is a process whereby you put down the first layer, walk away for a while and come back and add...

Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 7:55 AM

Fresh herbs are packed with delectable taste and aroma, adding piquancy and nutrition to your cooking. They are also fantastic as refreshing iced herbal tea or natural health remedies. Yet another advantage is that most herbs grow rapidly...

Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Reader question: We recently submitted an offer on a home. The seller’s agent wanted a 48-hour extension to allow the seller’s agent time to discuss our loan with our loan officer before extending a counter offer. Even though...

Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 8:56 AM

Coneflower (Echinacea), a fantastic native North American wildflower, has become quite popular in recent years, and for a good reason. These daisy-like flowers with raised centers have been tamed. Many breeders have worked hard to develop...

Posted Jun 27, 2015 at 11:01 PM

"There ought to be gardens for all months in the year in which things of beauty may be then in season." — Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) It may not seem like it in the middle of a heat wave,...

Updated Jun 25, 2015 at 9:36 AM

Home improvement can be a pricey proposition. Whether you are upgrading your master bath to an in-home spa or taking care of a much-needed roof replacement, you are likely to need a good chunk of change. However, it is possible to save...

Posted Jun 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Reader question: I just purchased a home and, after spending my first few nights there; realize that a gaggle of hobos are living in the driveway of the house next door. The Realtor had told me the heirs of the prior owners inherited the...

Posted Jun 20, 2015 at 11:01 PM

“Here’s your sweet lavender, sixteen sprigs a pennyThat you’ll find, my ladies, will smell as sweet as any.” — Lavender peddler’s cry, London,...

Updated Jun 18, 2015 at 7:13 AM

By Laura Firszt, NetworxThey are tiny but deadly — to your garden, that is. We’re talking about spider mites, a minuscule member of the arachnid family with an enormous appetite. Not to be confused with dust mites,...

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 8:34 AM

To an onlooker, gardening can be confusing. It appears that we gardeners spend a good portion of our time working to stimulate plant growth and almost as much energy controlling the growth that plants make. What is going on?Actually...

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