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Trowel Talk Newsletter October 15, 2021

 Trowel Talk Newsletter for October 15, 2021 is now available. This issue contains articles on:Do Not Disturb The Soil–Why “no-till gardening” is catching on.Growing Native Perennial Wildflowers from Seed and…

Houseplants Move Back Indoors

Linda Cornish Blank shares great tips on moving houseplants back indoors after a summer outside. Continue reading →

Succession Planting for Fall

In this week’s Ask a Master Gardener presentation, Susie Everding and Nancy Louwman reminded us that although summer days are over, the gardening season is not! There are still many…

Word of the Week: Verticillaster

verticillaster [ vur-tuh-si-las-ter ] noun: a mixed inflorescence consisting of two opposite dichasial cymes Continue reading →

Some Cures for Plant Blindness

By Laura Gardener, Master Gardener in Training I was recently reading about a condition called “plant blindness.” The phrase was coined back in 1998 by botanists Elizabeth Schussler and James Wandersee.[i] It is…

On Harvesting Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds

Seasonal tips on picking pumpkins and squash. For example, if you are picking squash, remember to let them cure for about a week. 

SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beauty-berry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lavender flower clusters appear on new growth on this shrub from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in…

Jumping Worms Are Here

These are NOT your garden’s friend. Cathy Kavassalis – Halton Master Gardeners I am sad to report that pheretimoid jumping worms have been confirmed in Ontario. These worms have been identified…

Grow a Forest in Your Backyard

Creating a backyard forest is a fast-growing movement, inspired in part by the desire to mitigate the effects of global warming. No doubt, another motivating factor is author Douglas Tallamy’s…

Word of the Week: Cyme

Critical to the definition of a cyme is understanding that there are multiple flowers in the cluster, but the first one to open in the center is at the end…

A Slimy Subject

by Lois Scott, Master Gardener I recently read the book “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. The author recounts her observations of a common woodland…

Between the Rows – October 2021 Edition

Welcome Veggie Gardeners!  Check out this month’s Garden Guide for tips on vegetable and herb gardening. Continue reading →

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