Gardening Tips

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The 2008 Growing Season

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman Don Mathre summed it up at the October Gallatin Gardener's Club meeting when he said that he has gardened here for 41 years and this has been the most challenging year ever because of the cold, wet, spring and three hailstorms within five days in July. Truly the wet, cold, floods, and hail of 2008 made ...

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What To Do About Deer and Voles

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman We, along with many of you, have deer and voles in our yard and garden. Both are destructive to plants. There is no easy solution to keep them away from plants we value. But there are ways to lessen their damage. VOLES, also called meadow or field mice, are rodents with stocky bodies and short tails. T...

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Brighten Your Fall Gardens

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman The summer gardening season is short here. The first frost kills tender annuals and nipsthe tops of some perennials. Suddenly, our gardens don't look so good. Here are some ideas to brighten up your gardens and extend the season: Plant fall blooming perennials. Mums, asters, purple coneflower (Echinace...

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9 Common Gardening Misconceptions

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman A tree branch that is 2 feet off the ground this year will move higher up the trunk as the tree grows; crabgrass is prevalent in Bozeman area lawns;ants are needed to open peony blossoms. None of these are true. There are a lot of misconceptions about gardening. Some are harmless, but others, if taken a...

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12 Hints For Creating A Perennial Border

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman During this time of the year, I am glad I have lots of perennial flowers emerging in my beds. Planting a lot of annuals every spring is time consuming. After reading articles in gardening magazines, consulting our wonderful staff, and visiting a botanical garden with a huge and beautiful perennial borde...

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Add Color To Your Garden With Colorful Leaves

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman 5/4/08 Trends come and go in gardening, just as they do in clothing and home furnishings. This year, we are seeing lots of plants with colorful leaves of burgundy, purple, yellow, gold, and variegated combinations of white or cream and green. These plants give color to our gardens even when no flowers a...

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Beautiful Shrubs – Edible Fruit

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman April is the time to start planting shrubs. This year, consider shrubs that are not just pretty, but have edible berries. Intersperse them in your landscape as ornamentals that will also put food on the table. Although most of the berries of these fruiting shrubs are for jams and jellies, some are good ...

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Green – Our Color

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman Every time I open a magazine lately I see articles about "green living" or "sustainability". What do they mean by "green"? What is "sustainability"? And what is this thing called our "ecological footprint"? I wasn't sure so I looked them up. Simply put, "green" means "environmentally friendly". "Sustain...

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New Plants for 2008

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman Each winter, in the midst of snow and cold, it's fun to dream about spring and the new plants that will be available this year. Growers and researchers are always searching for superior selections and hybrids of ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowers that are disease resistant, have better form, leaf col...

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How to Grow Citrus Trees Indoors

Added on February 27th, 2009

by Jan Cashman At their New Year's Day brunch, our neighbors, Harry and Dottie Mann, served slices from oranges grown on their own tree inside their house. What a treat! Dottie says citrus trees are easy to grow indoors; she doesn't give hers any more can than she gives her other house plants. Here are some hints so y...

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