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Understanding Basil Downy Mildew

Understanding Basil Downy Mildew

  Herb growers and pesto lovers are feeling a bit stressed the past few years due to the increasing pervasiveness of basil downy mildew (BDM). Sweet basil plants, those most cherished by gardeners, are the most susceptible to the disease. …

Tips For Selecting Vining Plants

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  The same golden rule for selecting garden plants, trees and shrubs also holds true for vining plants: Choose the best plant for the space. Vining plants can be diminutive and comfortably grow in a large patio container, or they …

Attracting Birds Starts With Fresh Water

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In the summer, when food supplies are abundant, what birds need most is fresh, safe-to-access water for drinking and bathing. Traditional birdbaths look good in the garden, but are not necessarily the birds’ first choice. In natural settings, birds drink …

Watering the Summer Garden

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Watering in the summer months can be time-consuming and expensive. We have a few tips to help you manage this crucial garden chore.         Garden Beds Mulch Key to conserving water—mulch reduces water loss and keeps the …

6 MORE Deer-Resistant Herbs

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You told us you wanted more deer-resistant herbs and we heard you. Lemon balm Melissa officinalis Herbaceous member of the mint family White to pale pink flowers bloom June-August Attracts honey bees Edible, lemon-scented leaves are used in soup, pasta …

Easy Tips for Attracting Pollinators

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More than ever, gardeners are selecting plants to attract pollinators. If you are creating a habitat for migrating monarchs and other butterflies, or you want to maximize the yield of your vegetable garden, we have seven tips for attracting pollinators …