Gardening Tips

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Think like a plant when measuring soil pH
Think of yourself in a swimming pool. If the water is too cold, or the chlorine makes your eyes hurt, you don't want to be there.
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Spring is a good time to fertilize young trees and shrubs
When young trees soak up nitrogen fertilizer, they grow quickly, develop a dense canopy and stay green into the fall.
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How to make your own potting soil
Soil straight from your backyard just won’t do the job.
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It's time for spring cleaning in the garden
A few tips to help make your summer flowerbeds healthy and beautiful
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Purple tomato debuts as ‘Indigo Rose’
Indigo Rose is the first improved tomato variety in the world that has anthocyanins in its fruit.
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The subtle beauty of bark helps trees survive the winter
The basic function of bark is to help the tree survive drying winds and extremes of temperature.
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Drought-tolerant native evergreens give year-round interest
Drought-tolerant evergreens keep a Mediterranean garden green year round.
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Booklet explains grafting and budding techniques to propagate plants
The updated18-page booklet gives the best season to propagate fruit and ornamentals.
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A dead tree or shrub? Learn from a post-mortem analysis
There are many reasons for a woody plant to succumb and a "post-mortem" analysis can point out clues.
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How to test your stored seed for germination
You can discover the average rate of germination before the planting season begins.