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Gardening

Companion gardening can thwart pests

Master Gardener Barbara Sherrod White tells us how planting certain plants near each other can foster growth, repel bad insects and attract good insects in today’s Gardening column in today’s Oxford Living. (May 4, 2012, Page 3B)

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    Multi-purpose building deserves close look

    What do counties surrounding Lafayette have that we don’t? How about a multi-purpose building or center? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a proposal that Earl Babb is taking to the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors next week that makes the possibility of such a facility look like a win-win situation for the L-O-U community. (February 17, 2012, Page 4A)

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      Memorable marguerites

      Master Gardener Anna Haller talks about her new-found love of marguerites.

       (October 7, 2011, Page 3B)

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        Why aren’t my tomatoes doing well?

        Master Gardener Barry Whitehouse gives us tips on getting the healthiest — and yummiest — tomatoes off our vines.

         (July 1, 2011, Page 8B)

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          Taking a look at shade-loving plants

          Heuchera is a favorite shade plant.

          Master Gardener Donna Long and fellow Master Gardener Kathryn Clark share with readers their favorite shade-loving plants.

           (May 13, 2011, Page 2B)

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            It’s April – and time to get the mower running

            Did you hear all those small engines sputtering and running last weekend? It’s the sign that most of us are getting our mowers, trimmers and weed-whackers out storage and ready for use. Editor Don Whitten shares his opening-weekend experiences in the yard and plans for the upcoming grass-growing season. (April 7, 2011, Page 4)

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              Getting your garden ready for the warm weather

              Gardener Dicki King tells us that January is time to focus on getting ready for spring and we should take time to plan for the next few weeks. There is really much to be done.  The first of February is a good time to select new bushes and trees for planting. (January 28, 2011, Page 2B)

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                Bulbs should be planted now for springtime enjoyment

                After a long, dreary winter, fall planted bulbs fill the garden with bursts of floral sunshine in a celebration of spring. What could be a more welcoming sight! Bulbs produce a colorful display with little effort. Once planted, they give years of enjoyment with little care.

                For simplicity, the word bulb describes plants that store energy for their seasonal cycle in an underground storage organ. These include “true” bulbs such as daffodils and tulips, corms such as crocus and tubers, rhizomes and tuberous roots. The time to plant spring blooming bulbs is now (November) before the first frost as all bulbs need certain “chilling time” with temperatures below 40 degrees for at least 12-14 weeks in order to bloom. Buy good bulbs with no blemishes, bruises or soft spots — the larger the bulb, the better the bloom. Bulbs need plenty of sunlight and rich, well-drained soil with a PH of 6.0 to 7.0. Work the soil to a depth of about 12 inches and add a half-inch to one-third inch organic material or peat moss, compost or aged bark. The rule of thumb is to plant them twice as deep as they are tall. So if you have a 3-inch bulb such as a daffodil, plant 6 inches deep. You can even plant smaller ones above larger ones. (November 5, 2010, Page 5B)

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                  A weed by some other name just might smell sweet

                  Master Gardner Beckett Howorth III makes an argument for making the dandelion a part of your garden. (September 3, 2010, Page 4B)

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                    Hot summer months are a good time to re-evaluate your garden

                    After the Fourth of July, I usually say to Mother Nature: “Just let ‘er rip.”
                    This year, however, she started a wee bit too early for me. Granted, we have had nearly enough rain so far, but the next week bodes a really dry one.
                    So between sipping iced tea in the shade and dragging the snarled hose around, I leave a little time for pondering some of these truisms of nature. (July 23, 2010, Page 2B)

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