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George Bonnema
Just a reminder that if you have had indoor plants “vacationing” outdoors for the summer, it is time to start acclimating them to coming back inside. A day or two inside followed by a day or two outside will give them a chance to adjust to lower light and the warmer temperature without shocking the...
George Bonnema
I regret admitting that summer is over. So now we prepare for what autumn means for gardeners. First of all, fall is the perfect time for planting. The extreme heat of summer is past but the ground remains warm, thus stimulating root growth and development. If you want to move or plant perennials,...
George Bonnema
Hard as it is to believe and still harder to accept, next week will be Labor Day and that is the end of summer. I enjoy autumn but still regret summer’s exit … so on we go from here. I want you to stop feeding any shrubs, roses or trees for this season. We want the growth that is there to mature,...
George Bonnema
My vegetable garden is in full production … it is amazing to see the variety of fresh produce we are enjoying and appreciating. Every year some garden vegetables do great and others seem to struggle. This year the struggle category includes all my melon vines. A bacterial wilt hit them when they...
George Bonnema
Last week I wrote about working on my bearded iris to address the iris borer issue. I lifted the entire clump of each variety and found borers in just one of the three, and that clump had just a few of the rhizomes affected. I found three of the critters, and they are ugly. Getting to that task as...
George Bonnema
Today my flower gardens are absolutely glorious! This is the color I envision and plan for all through the cold, dark days of winter ... so enjoy every moment while it lasts. If you are feeding your planters, they should be at their peak of color now. If you have one or two plants that seem to be...
George Bonnema
I have many clumps of daffodils that have been growing for several years, and I noticed this spring that it is time to lift those bulbs and thin them. Any type of spring-flowering bulb reproduces by dividing, and eventually those clumps become too dense. Consequently the flower production is...
George Bonnema
The weather forecast for this summer was hot and dry. We have already had the hot, but I’m appreciating the frequent rain that has prevented the dry. Weather isn’t something we can control, but we can work with it to make the most of our summer garden experience. The wind we had on Friday evening...
George Bonnema
It is Monday … again. I’m amazed at how fast these summer days disappear!  I always seem to have three more things to do than I can possibly accomplish in a day, but I give it my best shot. So I understand your dilemma about finding time to keep up with all the gardening tasks required to keep the...

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