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August Gardening Tips

If you have any houseplants sitting directly in the window, make sure the light is filtered or the plant is moved to a site out of direct sunlight. The windowpane intensifies the heat, and you don’t want to scorch your plants.
Fertilize your houseplants frequently to ensure vigorous growth.
Snip off the old flower clusters from rambler roses to encourage them to bloom all summer.
You can sow a fall crop of bush beans now. Plant seeds two inches deep to protect them from the hot Sun. You can sow other vegetable seeds for an autumn yield, too, by planting them just a little deeper than you did in the spring. The best time to plant is after a rain shower.
Don’t water your melons at the base of the stems. Doing so can cause rot. Build up a little earth around the stems to keep water away.
Once melon vines have set three or four fruits, remove any new blossoms. The remaining fruits will benefit from this, and you will still have plenty.
If your trees have any yellow or undersize foliage, start feeding them regularly. Be sure not to overfeed them.
Harvest summer squash when it’s young and tender (8 inches).
As the weather warms up, do not neglect your watering. Water deeply in the morning and avoid light sprinklings. Water at the roots, not on the foliage.
Start herbs such as parsley, dill, and basil in pots for indoor use over the winter.
Harvest tomatoes, zucchini, beans, and other fruiting crops frequently to encourage production and avoid attracting pests.
Sow vegetable seeds for your fall garden: carrots, beets, turnips, collards, Chinese cabbage, snap beans, radish, kohlrabi, endive, kale, rutabagas, and summer squashes.
Set out broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower transplants for your fall garden.
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Winterizing Your Garden For Our Wildlife Friends

Modified From www.emmitsburg.net/gardens
Winter is arriving sooner than you think, and there are bound to be several cold snowy or rainy days over the next several months. Now is the time to assess our backyard gardens to see how wildlife-friendly they are – or could be – with a little human help. By providing food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise their young, backyard gardeners can make a difference, even during the cold winter months.
The best way to offer winter food for wildlife is by planting vegetation that produces berries, nuts, or seeds. Some good choices would be viburnums, sumac, dogwood, and the deciduous winterberry holly. Seed heads on flowers can be left on the perennials like coneflowers to provide visual interest in the winter garden as well as food for wildlife. For example, juncos, sparrows, and goldfinches eat the seeds of ragweed and native species of sunflowers, mints and thistles. (more…)

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Container Gardening for Fall and Winter

The temperatures are dropping, but that doesn’t mean your beautiful blooms have to end! Why not consider container gardening throughout the Fall and Winter season? Creating container gardens is a fun, simple way to bring your plants’ beauty indoors and protect them from the elements.
If you already have several container arrangements started, consider combining them into one, three or five pots (depending on how many you have to start with). You might also like to add some new plants such as pansies, fall kale or even small evergreens. The tired plants can be removed, and containers you don’t use can be put away for the winter. Place your “new” containers in strategic locations where you can best enjoy them, like by your patio door, outside a kitchen window or grouped by your outside seating area. (more…)

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A Gardener’s Christmas List

Modified from www.emmitsburg.net/gardens
Shirley Lindsey
Adams County Master Gardener
Many gardeners use the cold winter months to dream and plan a bout our gardens next summer. If you have a gardener on your Christmas list, ask for hints on ideas of gardening gifts they would like. Check out the list below for some great inspiration:
Tools: Does the person you are shopping for have by-pass clippers? They are preferred over the type that clamp together, sometimes bruising the stem being cut. Any kind of tool is always appreciated. Another great tool is a lawn rake where the tines collapse to make a very narrow rake; you can get in between your plants with one of these. 
Garden Decorations: How about a sun-dial or other garden ornament? Maybe the gardener would like a trellis, bird-house, bird bath, some comfortable lawn furniture, or even a water garden.
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Cole Garden’s Open House

Green House Tour…don’t miss out on this year’s walk through our 5 acre greenhouse and display gardens!

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