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Pollination of Vegetable Crops in a Warming Climate

Pollination is the movement of pollen from male to female flower parts of sexually reproducing plants. It is often accomplished by wind and insects and results in the development of some type of fruit containing seeds for the species’ continuation….

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Q&A: Fruit tree considerations for the home garden

Q: I’d like to eventually grow some of my own fruit. What’s a good starting point and what do I need to consider? A: It’s fun to try growing your own food, though fruit trees require the greatest amount of…

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What to do when your seedlings grow too big

I started my peppers too early. Every year I warn fellow gardeners not to rush on getting seeds into pots for warm-weather vegetables. Tomatoes, in particular, outgrow their indoor space under lights much faster than you’d think, but you can…

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Are you looking at my soil?

As a first-year college student studying horticulture (and later agronomy) I had no idea what I was in for when I signed up for that first Introduction to Soil Science course. Growing up, gardening and working on my family’s dairy…

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Managing Slugs in Crop Fields and Gardens

¿Hablas español? Una traducción de este artículo se puede encontrar aquí. Slugs are a common field crop and horticultural pest. Managing them is challenging because their damage is often confused with other pest damage, and pesticide options are few and…

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Improve Soil Health for a Climate-Resilient Garden

Soils, plants, and animals are highly interdependent. Soils support and feed microbes and plants which feed animals. Dead plants and soil critters replenish the soils’ organic matter and nutrient supply, completing the cycle. We know that healthy soils produce healthy…

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Outsmart Squash Vine Borers This Season – Featured Video

Do your squash plants look wilted in the summer? There could be an invisible enemy larva eating your plant stems from the inside out. And worse yet, typically there is more than one miner inside! This troubling pest, squash vine…

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