Kicked to the curb? Mothers are the constants you can hold on to

Signs of autumn are most visible in cooler weather, and autumn leaves set the landscape on fire. But regardless of your location, there’s likely to be one familiar seasonal sight every year: chrysanthemums perched on balconies, hanging in baskets, temporarily planted into borders. And before long, they whip a decaying Jack-Lantern into the street. Curious … Read more

Raise: Invasive insects are wreaking havoc on creeper myrtles.

As if the drought wasn’t hard enough for gardeners, a strange invasive insect from Asia is wreaking havoc on planted crape myrtles across Oklahoma. First discovered in northern Texas in the early 2000s, crapemyrtle bark is spreading across much of the southern United States and has been reported in several counties in Oklahoma. Although CMBS … Read more

A community garden connects residents with nature

CARROLLWOOD – There are countless benefits to gardening and more Hillsborough County residents are seeing improvements in their mental health as well. The Village Institute for Sustainable Technologies and Agricultural Parks, a 3.31-acre park at 13572 S. Village Drive, Tampa, offers membership to gardeners of all experience levels. There is also a great social aspect … Read more

Community gardens, urban farms spread across Omaha.

Mary Carpenter, who grew up on a hill overlooking North Omaha during World War II, remembers many gardens, Victory Gardens, in her Florence neighborhood. “Everybody had it,” said the reporter’s daughter-in-law, Carpenter. “We grew everything – asparagus, potatoes, tomatoes, blackberries, pears, even grapes. That’s what fed us and supplemented our diet.” In the decades that … Read more

Southern Gardening: Unique Coprosma garden, offers garden opportunities

During my recent tenure as Mississippi State University Extension Specialist, I had the opportunity to promote horticulture and bring great tips from friends in Florida. On Saturday I hosted Better Lawns and Gardens on WFLA-Orlando with my great friend Teresa Watkins. We answered questions and shared great gardening and landscaping tips for two full hours. … Read more

Gardening does not end with the last flower of summer

Laurie Rubner Fall is a special time for gardeners. Even if summer is over, your garden can still look beautiful. Here are 6 flowers that will add some color to your garden this fall. Gone are the blooming, long, hot days of summer. Rain is a little more abundant. Plant growth is reduced. Everything … Read more

Fall flowers shine from bulbs planted in the fall

If you thought autumn was the time to put away your garden tools for the year, think again. It’s time to plant the bulb. “If daffodils, tulips and hyacinths aren’t planted in the fall, they won’t greet you in the spring,” says David Trinklin, University of Missouri Extension horticulturist. Spring flowering bulbs need 10 to … Read more

Sign up for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Kathleen Ku Many Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (NEMGV) are ramping up their projects for the 2022 gardening season. The Master Gardeners who manage Growing Together Nebraska Gardens donated 536 pounds of produce to food pantries in Washington County and 2,858 pounds in Dodge County, increasing access to fresh food for the food insecure. Master … Read more

Home and Garden: Threaten a haunted house at home

Come Halloween, everyone deserves a good scare. Some people sit down for a horror movie marathon, while others enjoy books from famous horror writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz. However, manual intimidation can also be effective, perhaps due to the popularity of vigorous hay rides and corn garnishes. Homeowners who want to offer friends … Read more