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Want cleaner air? Get some houseplants
Thursday Nov 20 2014
Question: I am concerned about the air quality within our home, especially in the winter when windows are not left open. A friend advises that houseplants could help purify the ind ...
When to harvest the perfect pumpkin
Tuesday Nov 11 2014
Q: I successfully grew six pumpkins this year in my garden. Of course I wanted ripe pumpkins for Halloween, but I wasn’t sure if they were ready to pick for Oct 31 - I ...
Know how to recognize black widow spiders
Thursday Oct 16 2014
Question: How do I know if I have black widow spiders in my garden? Answer: The western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) — a native species — is quite common ...
Managing ants key to controlling aphids in crape myrtles
Thursday Oct 09 2014
Question: What is the best way to get rid of aphids in 30-foot crape myrtles? I tried using a power washer to hit the upper branches and knock them off the leaves — but that ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Mistletoe diverts vital water from trees during drought
Thursday Aug 28 2014
Question: I have mistletoe growing in my oak tree. How do I get rid of it? Answer: Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that absorbs both water and nutrients from its host plant. It is ...
Early leaf drop a symptom of drought’s impact
Thursday Aug 14 2014
Question: My neighborhood has many trees, most of which I think are native oaks. I am writing because the trees around here look brown and the ground everywhere is covered wi ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Pruning tomatoes — when, why, how and varieties that need it
Thursday Jul 10 2014
Question: Two experienced gardeners in my garden club prune their tomato plants. What is the benefit and how do I do it? Answer: There are many theories out there and even univer ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Tree preservation is important in a drought
Thursday Apr 03 2014
Question: I read the Auburn Journal garden article (Feb. 27) about keeping trees healthy in a drought. I learned how important retaining tree shade was to a healthy soil. And mulch ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Steps for growing vegetables hydroponically
Thursday Feb 06 2014
Question: I read the recent column on hydroponics and although it sounds expensive, I want to grow vegetables hydroponically. This drought demands that we save water. However, I do ...
Ask the Master Gardener: There are pros and cons to hydroponics
Thursday Jan 16 2014
Question: I’ve read that many supermarket winter vegetables today are not grown in soil but grown hydroponically, usually by large agricultural corporations. Can I also ...
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