Mystery Plant: There’s something cheesy about this type of grass | Home & Garden

Mystery Plant: There's something cheesy about this type of grass |  Home & Garden

John Nelson “I’m as cheesy as Kansas in August.” Nelli Forbush in “South Pacific”, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein Well, it’s not August yet, and this plant isn’t exactly corn. But it’s close. This is a weed that you can see basically everywhere in the eastern United States, from Florida and Texas well into the upper … Read more

Master Gardener: That’s why your tomatoes don’t bear fruit | Home & Garden

Master Gardener: That's why your tomatoes don't bear fruit |  Home & Garden

Brian Jervis Ask a master gardener “My tomatoes are not bearing fruit. What’s going on?” — CO Tomatoes are like the prima donnas of the garden. If everything is not right, they will not bear fruit. For better or worse, we had a cooler spring, then rain for a couple of weeks, and then we … Read more

Mystery Plant: Backyard Surprises Worth a Closer Look | Home & Garden

Mystery Plant: Backyard Surprises Worth a Closer Look |  Home & Garden

John Nelson At the end of April I was introduced to Carol Kleppin, a lovely lady who lives in Summerville, South Carolina, not far from Charleston. It turns out that Carol has discovered a very strange plant in her garden. She described it to me as a low groundcover of unknown origin that spreads quickly … Read more

Gardener Master: Mushroom as a soil additive has many advantages | Home & Garden

Gardener Master: Mushroom as a soil additive has many advantages |  Home & Garden

Brian Jervis Ask a master gardener “I’ve been hearing a lot about a fungus called mycorrhizae that everyone seems to think I need to add to my garden soil. What is it and do I need it?” — CG Mycorrhizae can play a very important role in plant health, but because they are invisible, their … Read more

Gardener Master: “Disease Triangle” key to attack Powdery Mildew | Home & Garden

Gardener Master: "Disease Triangle" key to attack Powdery Mildew |  Home & Garden

Tom Ingram Ask a master gardener ‘TThe leaves on my tall garden are covered with something white and they look bad. What can I do about it?” —NK Sounds like your phlox has contracted a disease called powdery mildew. I fight this on my garden phlox every year. She seems to like my peonies a … Read more

Master gardener: ban pests from your garden in an environmentally friendly way | Home & Garden

Master gardener: ban pests from your garden in an environmentally friendly way |  Home & Garden

Tom Ingram Ask a master gardener Last week we talked about two aspects of a comprehensive pest management strategy called Integrated Pest Management. This week we build on that by discussing the two remaining elements of IPM – mechanical and chemical controls. Mechanical control Often the simple strategies are the best, but sometimes even the … Read more

Sarah Browning: What’s behind the strange pumpkin? Not weird pollen | Home & Garden

Sarah Browning: What's behind the strange pumpkin?  Not weird pollen |  Home & Garden

SARAH BROWNING For the Lincoln Journal Star The growing season is in full swing and there are many gardening questions to ask! Including questions about pollination and its effects in the vegetable garden, so here’s a quick look at pollination and how it affects – or doesn’t affect – the plants in your garden. Can … Read more

Protecting Your Garden Before And After Heavy Storms | Home & Garden

Protecting Your Garden Before And After Heavy Storms |  Home & Garden

JESSICA DAMIANO The Associated Press Gardeners are now celebrating blooming flowers, ripening vegetables and buzzing pollinators. But you should also be prepared for the downside of summer – severe storms. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting an above-average hurricane season in the Atlantic this year. Tornadoes are a year-round threat in some … Read more

Master Gardener: Integrated Pest Management is a Balanced Approach to Insect Control | Home & Garden

Master Gardener: Integrated Pest Management is a Balanced Approach to Insect Control |  Home & Garden

Tom Ingram Ask a master gardener “I struggle to find a balanced approach to dealing with pests in my garden. I don’t want to kill them all, but I don’t want them to destroy my garden either. Any suggestions?” – SC Integrated Pest Management is an environmentally conscious approach to controlling garden pests through a … Read more