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Pruning Apple Trees

Pruning Apple Trees Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Late winter is the best time to prune mature apple trees.  If you’re buying young ones in the spring, they may or may not need pruning, depending on several considerations.  Trees need to be pruned for best yields and longest tree life.  How much to prune will depend on ... Read More »

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Garden Trends for 2015

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Health, nature, and living outdoors  are some of the key gardening trends nationwide for this coming year.  Each year, the Garden Media Group (– a marketing firm for the home and garden industry—identifies key trends for the coming season. For 2015 they’ve pegged nine of these, which you’ll no doubt see reflected ... Read More »

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Looking for Mites and Other January Gardening Tips

Leonard Perry, UVM Extension Horticulturist and Charlie Nardozzi, Horticulturist Checking houseplants for spider mites and other insects, cleaning bird feeders, and disinfecting seed starting containers are some of the gardening activities for this month. Aphids and spider mites may be multiplying like crazy amidst your houseplants, especially if they are grouped close together. Isolate each plant and inspect it closely ... Read More »

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Fun Facts About Poinsettias

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Do you like trivia, or at least learning more about the top-selling holiday plant? If so, perhaps you will be interested in a dozen fun facts about the poinsettia plants you buy and see everywhere each December. Fact 1: Did you know that the poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers, but ... Read More »

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Winter Squash

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Versatile, variety, and nutritious are all adjectives that can be used for winter squash. Whether you grew your own, or buy them from local farmers and markets, consider putting some up for winter. With proper storage of squash, you’ll benefit from their fresh flavors for months—often until next spring– as well as ... Read More »

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Winterize Your Garden

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Just as you make sure your car is ready for winter this time of year, so should you make sure your garden is ready. Cleaning up the debris in your garden, removing dead foliage, and cutting back dead growth on perennials are some of the ways to ready your landscape for winter. ... Read More »

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Recognizing and Handling Tree Hazards

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Trees are essential to life, providing significant aesthetic, environmental, and ecological benefits.  Yet trees can fall or shed branches, potentially injuring property or even people.  If you have trees in a landscape, or simply walk or work in public spaces with trees, it’s important to be on the lookout for potential hazards.  ... Read More »

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Fall Care of Roses

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Do you have some roses that you would like to have survive the upcoming winter, if at all possible, and particularly if new plantings?  Or, are you one of those who had roses going into last winter, only to have many die while those of your neighbor lived?  If either of these ... Read More »

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Spring at the Biltmore

Click here to view this article in the digital publication… It starts with the bright golden yellow of daffodils and forsythia emerging in the gardens, coinciding with an opulent display of potted tropical plants and lavish flowers inside Biltmore House. If you’re a lover of gardens and flowers, or if you’ve ever wanted to visit Asheville’s historic Biltmore Estate, then ... Read More »

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The Occasional Gardener: Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants

A picture perfect garden doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. The secret lies in choosing plants that thrive on neglect. Plant them in the spring, and they’ll survive hot summers with little or no care. Succulents, such as agaves and aloes, are among the most drought and heat tolerant plants according to Lisa Barrus of Herb ... Read More »

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