Some home gardening insecticides may lure bees and butterflies to their deaths

Many homeowners want to throw a lifeline to beleaguered bees and butterflies by planting pollinator gardens that will provide sustenance and habitat, but the unwitting use of insecticides may lure these beloved insects to their doom. The worry is that a common type of pesticide known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, will poison honeybees,…

Squash: Tiny is trendy, but big is good, too

Somewhere between the giant pumpkin and the tiny Sweet Dumpling squash there is a happy medium, though it's not always easy to find. Judging by what's in the catalogues this year, small is increasingly beautiful in the eyes of gardeners, and that's understandable, up to a point. We are a more urban country than we used to be, with small yards. We

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Spring in Vermont means muddy roads, the return of green to the landscape, farmers planting crops ... and Shiitakepalooza. At least 100 people are expected to gather at the Eddy Farm in Middlebury on Saturday to help two mushroom growers prepare logs for next year's crop and to learn how to grow their own shiitakes. At the

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I have spent the past two years trying to establish a modest but charming hedge of rosemary, not the waist-high, architectural walls of clipped rosemary that I once saw in the south of France, but a row of small, billowing evergreen herbs. You have to set your rosemary sights lower in a town with unpredictable winters and muggy summers. Rosemary

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Ever since I started gardening, I have been addicted to growing plants - especially edible plants. When I first got started, I had a 13-by-10-foot space to grow in. Before I started planting, I had multiple sheets of graph paper…

23 March 2016 [10:18 PM]
Rose Garden set for improvements and rose bush replacements

In 2014, a hard freeze killed more than 60 percent of the roses in the Tyler Rose Garden. Over the last two years, restoration efforts have been made with half of the rose bushes being replaced. Tyler Parks and Recreation…

11 March 2016 [01:10 PM]
Take measures to promote healthy turfgrass

While I get lots of emails and phone calls concerning plant issues, the issue I’ve had the most questions about involve diseased turf grass. While there are a number of fungicides that you can apply for infections such as take-all…

02 March 2016 [06:11 PM]
Need a shade-tolerant groundcover? Try Ajuga

Ajuga, a shade tolerant groundcover. Most gardeners will eventually have the issue of too much shade in their gardens, whether it’s from their ornamental shade trees or the pines towering overhead. One of the most common questions I’ve been asked…

24 February 2016 [09:14 PM]
Chickens are rewarding companions in the garden

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10 February 2016 [09:15 PM]
Learn some new things at the Garden Lecture Series

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27 January 2016 [11:01 PM]
Master Naturalist East Texas Chapter to offer 2016 classes

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