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6 Ways to Control Garden Slugs and Snails

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 09, 2016
They may look harmless, but slugs and snails can cause a surprising amount of damage in a garden. They chew holes in leaves, munch on flower buds and fruit, and devour tender seedlings, leaving a trail of silvery slime wherever they go. Both of these pests are mollusks (like oysters and clams) so regular garden insecticides are
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Amaryllis Bulbs: Why Size Matters

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 16, 2015
During the holiday season, amaryllis bulbs are readily available at a wide range of different prices. Here’s how to decide which bulbs are the best value. Flower bulbs contain stored food energy. When a bulb starts growing, it uses these reserves to fuel its growth and flower production. Like most bulbs, amaryllis are graded by size — which is measured in centimeters around
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Adventures in Late Fall Bulb Planting

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 07, 2014
Every year I say I’m going to plant bulbs early enough in the fall season so that my fingers are not freezing off as I’m planting bulbs in the soil. Last year I had high hopes, but come November 1 I still had not gottten around to planting due to a combination of busy work
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Protecting Gardens from Deer

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2014
After waiting for months to my see tulips bloom, it’s both heartbreaking and infuriating to have them mowed down by deer. But when deer populations are high, and the deer are really hungry, as they are in the spring, gardeners have to be one step ahead.
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Fragrant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 05, 2014
To banish memories of cold, grey winter days, there’s nothing more effective than the rainbow colors of daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. Add some fragrant bulbs and your spring garden becomes twice as delightful! Which spring-blooming bulbs smell the best? Hyacinths and daffodils top the list, followed by muscari and tulips. Since some varieties are
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Spring Bulbs for Naturalizing

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 02, 2014
The best way to get a big display of spring color without a lot of work, is to plant bulbs that will come back on their own year after year. Spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodils, crocus, scilla, chionodoxa, snowdrops and alliums can fend for themselves with little or no attention and they also multiply — just a
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Spring Bloom Times – Enjoy 60 Days of Color!

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Sep 24, 2014
In the fall, gardeners make plans to plant flower bulbs for brighter spring gardens, landscapes and bouquets. With a little understanding and forethought, you can extend your flowering season by choosing the right bulbs that bloom one right after another for up to 60 days!
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The Tulip House – Bulb Garden Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 16, 2014
After a long and cold winter, spring arrived and my fall-planted bulbs started to bloom…and bloom…and bloom. WOW! Did they ever bloom! My front and back yard are flowering in full force and I have had many people call, text and email with questions about how I did it! I am blessed with visitors who
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Home Grown Strawberries and a Recipe

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 09, 2014
I love summer produce, the farmer’s market, tomatoes warmed by the sun and growing my own fruits and vegetables! I am always looking for new recipes based on what’s growing in my raised beds and patio. Last year I successfully grew strawberries and I was on the hunt for a fantastic recipe for my delicious
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From The Child of a Gardener

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 07, 2014
I love seeing my children’s school work come home when they are first learning to spell and express themselves on paper. This week was no different! My 2nd grade daughter’s class has been learning about the plant life cycle. She brought home the paper below and it appears as if her teacher circled it because
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Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

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