Master gardener: How to start your fall vegetable garden | Home & Garden

Master gardener: How to start your fall vegetable garden |  Home & Garden

Tom Ingram Ask a master gardener “I have friends who have been gardening for a long time and they all seem excited to start their fall vegetable gardens. In fact, they are already starting sowing, although it is only July. Is that correct?” —DD Yes, although we’ve recently transitioned into summer, it’s time to get … Read more

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

Elizabeth Exstrom: Japanese bugs are tiny horrors | Home & Garden

Elizabeth Exstrom: Japanese bugs are tiny horrors |  Home & Garden

They are baaaaccck!! That’s right, the Japanese Beetles are back. What Exactly is a Japanese Beetle and Why Should We Worry? Knowing a little about these tiny horrors will help ensure your landscape doesn’t become their next meal. This beetle is related to other common pests that we see. The Japanese beetle is related to … Read more

In the garden: The dreaded Japanese beetle is back in Nebraska and gnawing on plants | Home & Garden

In the garden: The dreaded Japanese beetle is back in Nebraska and gnawing on plants |  Home & Garden

Avid gardeners weren’t the only visitors when I hosted a stop on the Omaha Rose Society tour last weekend. A few people shared that they had seen Japanese bugs on some of my roses, disappointing news for everyone. “We’re not sure what the population will be like this year,” said Scott Evans of Nebraska Extension … 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 COLUMN: Pass-Along Plants | Home & Garden

GARDENER COLUMN: Pass-Along Plants |  Home & Garden

SAUK COUNTY GARDENERS Jeannie Manis Sauk County Master Gardeners Association “It’s exciting to see things reappear, plants that you’ve had for twenty or thirty years. It’s like seeing an old friend again.”– Tasha Tudor I was excited to finally see my white peony bush bloom this year. It was a piece of peony that our … Read more

Herbalism: Pruning and Cloning | Home & Garden

Herbalism: Pruning and Cloning |  Home & Garden

Nick Clifton Special for the Roanoke Times This is an exciting time of year for a gardener. The weather is warm day and night. The sun is high in the sky and intense. You seem to notice the growth when you stare at your plants. The anticipation of your first tomato or “tomato” harvest is … Read more

Try rosemary in your garden | master gardener | Home & Garden

Try rosemary in your garden |  master gardener |  Home & Garden

Rosemary, a culinary herb that many of us use in our kitchens, is also a wonderful drought-tolerant landscape plant. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), a woody perennial shrub, is a Mediterranean native well suited to our valley climate. Its generic name means “dew of the sea” because it grows well by the ocean, where the mist provides … 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