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All things green: Poinsettia Care
« Reply #75 on: December 19, 2010, 10:52:18 AM »

Poinsettia Care
19 December 2010, 10:42 am

Every year around Christmas time I get asked by at least two or three people, “what is the best way to keep my Poinsettia alive and looking well once I get it home? ” Poinsettias don’t really need a whole lot of special treatment but they do need just a little bit more care than [...]

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Re: All things green: Poinsettia Care
« Reply #76 on: December 19, 2010, 11:11:14 AM »

Poinsettia Care
19 December 2010, 10:42 am

Every year around Christmas time I get asked by at least two or three people, “what is the best way to keep my Poinsettia alive and looking well once I get it home? ” Poinsettias don’t really need a whole lot of special treatment but they do need just a little bit more care than [...]

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I've heard for years that poinsettias can be poisonous to cats and dogs...

Not true although they can be irritating to cats...   but they're not real tasty so it's not real likely your cat will actually eat one anyway!!!

We've always had cats and frequently have a poinsettia and never had any problems...

Another one of those old wives' tales I guess 8* 8* 8*

http://www.suite101.com/content/are-poinsettias-toxic-to-cats-a163707
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All things green: Warm New Year’s Eve Welcomed By the Bees
« Reply #77 on: January 19, 2011, 03:20:36 PM »

Warm New Year’s Eve Welcomed By the Bees
4 January 2011, 8:47 am

Honeybees and their beekeepers all around our area were delighted by the 50F temperatures during the day on New Year’s Eve. During the winter honeybees are not dormant, various things happen inside the hive depending on what’s happening with the weather. Consuming honey is the primary activity of bees this time of the year. The [...]

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All things green: Seed Catalog Time
« Reply #78 on: January 26, 2011, 12:52:52 PM »

Seed Catalog Time
26 January 2011, 12:25 pm

For most gardeners in our area not much is happening in the garden this time of year. January does bring a harvest of its own though in the form of garden catalogs. They really do seem to have a way of multiplying on their own, sort of like when zucchini gets out of control.  A [...]

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All things green: Snow and the Garden
« Reply #79 on: February 10, 2011, 12:04:18 PM »

Snow and the Garden
10 February 2011, 11:51 am

“Think snow!” the skiers say. That’s something gardeners should say as well. When most people see snow the first thing they think of is how to get it off of the sidewalk and driveway.  For me and many other gardeners, shoveling snow is the second thing we think of. The first thought is how thankful [...]

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All things green: Healthier Tomatoes
« Reply #80 on: February 18, 2011, 04:02:50 PM »

Healthier Tomatoes
18 February 2011, 2:01 pm

During the last few years tomatoes have been gaining ground as one of the healthiest foods that can be grown in the garden.  They contain lots of vitamin C,  have very few calories and are a rich source of lycopene. Lycopene,  a nutrient produced by tomatoes and other red colored vegetables,  has been found to [...]

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All things green: Homemade Maple Syrup
« Reply #81 on: March 03, 2011, 02:52:44 PM »

Homemade Maple Syrup
3 March 2011, 2:34 pm

Yes it is possible to make maple syrup at home. You don’t need a horse drawn sled and a sugar shack out in the woods to make your own maple syrup. A few simple tools are all that is needed,  some of which you probably already have in your workshop or garage. I knew some [...]

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All things green: March Is Pruning Time
« Reply #82 on: March 16, 2011, 11:32:56 AM »

March Is Pruning Time
16 March 2011, 10:31 am

The month of March is pruning time for most trees and shrubs. These woody plants have been dormant all winter. As the temperatures begin to warm up and the days get longer the plants begin to wake up. Pruning just before they break dormancy is best. There are some exceptions to pruning in March. Spring [...]

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All things green: Build Your Own Greenhouse
« Reply #83 on: March 25, 2011, 11:12:33 AM »

Build Your Own Greenhouse
25 March 2011, 9:45 am

Every gardener at one time or another has thought about having a greenhouse to start seeds and grow plants. Someone with a large budget could have a greenhouse construction company build one, many of us don’t have those kinds of funds to use. A prefabricated kit is another way to go. Even these can be [...]

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All things green: Test Soil pH Before Applying Lime
« Reply #84 on: April 01, 2011, 03:13:01 PM »

Test Soil pH Before Applying Lime
1 April 2011, 1:54 pm

Fall is the best time of year to add lime to your garden soil. This gives the lime plenty of time to react with the soil chemistry and do its job raising the pH of the soil.  The next best time to apply lime is right now, in early spring. There are several weeks to [...]

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