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Gardening for pollinators

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Posted on Aug 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

Pollinators are all the “buzz” these days as focus on the health of pollinators, so critical to food and ecosystems, continues. It may surprise you to learn that the honeybee is native to Europe and was introduced to the United States. But there are also numerous other pollinator species including native bees, butterflies and moths,… Continue reading.

Ask Rosie

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Posted on Jul 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

We have a pin oak tree that is approximately 30 feet tall. On the north-facing side of the tree there are many wilted leaves, and there are many balls of strange growth. Can you help identify the problem and offer solutions? — Mike and Lynn Wagner, Indianapolis My best guess is one of the many… Continue reading.

Questions for Rosie

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Posted on Jun 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

The last three years I have had scale on my hollyhocks. They just start to bloom, and the scale appears and they die. Is there something I can use to get rid of the scale? After they start to die, I clean up everything and burn. — Irene Tarr, Paoli, Ind. I wonder if you… Continue reading.

Year of the sweet pepper

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Posted on May 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2015 to be the Year of the Sweet Pepper! Sweet bell peppers are cultivars of Capsicum annuum. Sweet peppers are called sweet because they lack the gene that produces capsaicin — the chemical that gives hot peppers their heat. While the 3-4 lobed, blocky, bell-shaped peppers are most common,… Continue reading.

Ask Rosie

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Posted on May 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

I need information on how to manage hops from the ground up and when and how to do what. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated, such as when to dig rhizomes, prune, storage, etc. — E. Colleen Duncan, via email Hops for production require good management through pruning, training and fertilizing and… Continue reading.

An onion to plant for Arbor Day

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Posted on Apr 07, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

My landlords gave me a start of this plant (pictured). They didn’t explain what it is. I have looked in the seed catalogs and don’t see anything like it. Are the little bulbs edible? — Peggy Bair, Summitville, Ind. Excellent photos! This distinctive perennial onion is known as Egyptian, tree or top-set onion, so-named for… Continue reading.

Deicing salts can harm your plants

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Backyard

Deicing salts can save your neck this winter, but they can spell disaster for landscape plants. Whether the salt is sprayed on the plants from passing traffic near the road or is shoveled onto plants near the sidewalk, the salt can cause damage. Salts can adversely affect plants in several ways. Salts deposited on the… Continue reading.

How to start a “fire”

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Posted on Dec 20, 2014 in Backyard

We have several fire bushes whose leaves never turn that spectacular red in the fall.  They just remain green till they fall off.  We have fed them spring and fall, and yet there are several other fire bushes, treated the same, whose leaves do change color.  Any suggestions? — JOYCE LAKEY, TERRE HAUTE, IND. Fall color… Continue reading.

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