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Decorating for the Holidays with Natural Materials

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Decorating  for the Holidays with Natural Materials
I was given the task of decorating the Kemper Center for the holidays this year. I love to decorate my house, but decorating the Kemper Center is an especially unique task, as we use all natural materials. Flowers are cut, air dried and made into small bouquets and, of course, our tree is adorned with gourds that staff and volunteers decorate every year. This year I thought I might try something different: bring in colors, low-maintenance projects and give visitors ideas for their own holiday de...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: Holdays , Chirstmas , Osage orange , cinnamon | Comments (0) | View Count: (25)

Fall Planting for Spring Blooms

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Fall Planting for Spring Blooms
Can you believe it is time to plant bulbs for spring flowers? It is exciting seeing that first flower in spring but it takes time to get there. Spring blooming bulbs start growing almost immediately after they are planted. They send down roots in the fall and continue growing throughout the winter. It is so important to get them off to a good start. Choose a spot that will get plenty of sunshine in the spring. Add organic matter and some bulb food or bone meal, at planting time. Make sure you ke...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: fall planting , bulb , spring bulbs | Comments (0) | View Count: (1005)

Controlling Powdery Mildew

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Controlling Powdery Mildew
As a gardener living in St. Louis with wet springs and humid summers, you get use to pests, insects, disease and other problems. But the one problem that bothers me the most is powdery mildew. Crowded plants with poor air circulation, dampness and high humidity help encourage growth. Powdery mildew is a fungus that can overwinter in plant debris which produces spores in the spring. The spores are carried by wind, insects and splashing water. Some ways to control powdery mildew include: Choose h...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: diesease , powdery mildew | Comments (0) | View Count: (582)
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