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What’s in Weed-n-Feed Lawn Products?

June 1, 2018

Many homeowners don’t realize that the “weed” part of “Weed-n-Feed” lawn treatment products relates to herbicides – weed killers such as 2,4-D, which can harm children, adults and pets.

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Steamed Weeds, Anyone?

June 1, 2018

An article on Fosters.com advocates for a $23,831 Weedtechnics steam machine to control sidewalk weeds. A licensed pesticide applicator is not needed to operate the machine.

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A Simple, Strong Fence Corner

June 1, 2018

I happened to meet a U.S. Forest Service engineer who worked on fences and structures for range lands. He introduced me to a fence corner that had been tested in both the United States and Australia that outperformed other designs with multiple posts and cross and angle braces.

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Bean Up

May 31, 2018

Looking for a long season of picking green beans? Try planting pole beans.

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Fall Orchard Sanitation Helps Control Pear Diseases

November 30, 2017

Fabraea leaf spot is a fungal disease that affects pear and quince fruit and foliage. It can defoliate trees and deform or destroy fruit when severe, according to C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, in his column in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The fungus overwinters on infected leaves and fruit, so orchard sanitation is the best cultural approach to minimize Fabraea presence in the spring. Removing all fruit from the tree and mowing leaf litter in late fall, combined with applying a nitrogen source such as fish hydrolysate or spreading finished compost, will increase decomposition of infected leaf matter, reducing fungal pressures come spring, Walke continues. The same can be done in early spring, if winter came too quickly or if disease pressure was high the previous year and you want to be thorough. Such sanitation practices can help control other pathogens, as well.

Greens That Overwinter

November 24, 2017

Looking for veggies that will overwinter in the garden with little protection? Roberta Bailey listed several in her MOF&G article, "Winter Greens Fill the Garden Palette" – "varieties that are very resilient and cold hardy and some that eat snow for breakfast." She includes 'Kolibri' kohlrabi, which frequently overwinters with nothing more than snow cover; 'North Pole', 'Hyper Red Rumpled', 'Dark Red Lolla Rossa' and 'Brun d'Hiver' lettuce, which survive with nothing more than row cover; and many more. Keep Roberta's list handy when you order seeds for your next garden.

 

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