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As I made my rounds this spring, I noticed a trend that we should all be paying attention to.

There have been 3 seasons in the past 4 years when precipitation was way below normal or tolerable levels. Summer is probably the most demanding season on newly planted trees and shrubs. A mature Oak tree can transpire 100’s of gallons of moisture into the atmosphere. All woody plants transpire moisture more during summer months.

Here are some tips to recognize potential drought damage and what you can do to prevent - or reverse - that damage.

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Fertilizer -

Knowing how and when to apply fertilizer is as crucial to vigorous plant growth as knowing the plants attributes. In the interest of growing healthy plants, we've compiled a brief introduction to the why, what, how, and when to apply fertilizers to your garden.

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Herb Gardening -

In our last article we covered 13 easy to grow and use herbs. Today I'm going walk you through the steps required to best harvest and dry your culinary herbs in preparation for use.   Cutting Collect herbs just before they flower; the oil content of the plant is at its maximum at that time.  Select fully grown leaves and cut the top ½ to 2/3 of the plant Washing Gently and rapidly wash the plant in tepid water until it is free of dirt.  Gently shake off the water and pat dry with a towel. Drying Lay the leaves out in a...

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Herb Gardening -

What would pesto be without basil, or salsa without cilantro?  Whether used by the pinch or by the bunch; fresh herbs pull a recipe together by infusing the dish with unparalleled aromas and flavors.  Sometimes, when the effect you seek is subtle, refined, and delicate, a hint of herbs is enough; other times, handfuls are required. Basil Basil is one of the most common culinary herbs.  Sweet basil, (the most common type), is used throughout the world both as a fresh herb or dried Use in tomato and pasta dishes Crumble over baked chicken, lamb, or fish Works well with...

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When winter doesn't let go, and spring is delayed; look to the landscape as a reminder -"Spring is the season of Renewal"

Take advantage of the numerous opportunities to instill color and life into your landscape. These blasts of color, are sure to cure any winter duldrums. A little effort now, will get you started in the garden and create an enjoyable surprise for years to come.

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