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What’s Wrong with my Tomatoes?

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What’s Wrong with my Tomatoes?
Kemper Center for Home Gardening is continuing the FREE Wednesday Morning Demonstrations focusing on the Visual Guides on the Missouri Botanical Garden website. For August and September we are featuring Visual Guides on tomato problems:  Tomato Foliage Problems,  Tomato Fruit Problems and Top 10 Problems of Tomatoes. On the last Wednesday of August and September you will see examples and pictures of tomato problems, fruit and plant anatomy and nutrient problems. Drop in anytime betwe...
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Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper

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Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper
You are invited to stop by the Kemper Center for Home Gardening to see the latest project my volunteers and I have put together for the ‘Native Milkweed for Monarchs’ display. It is part of our Visual Guide Demonstrations featured bi-monthly. We decided that cardstock would hold up the best because of the humidity from the plants. We chose oranges/yellows in theme with monarchs.  Our goal was for the butterflies to look like they were clustering and flying off the windows. I fo...
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A Chance Encounter

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A Chance Encounter
After many decades of gardening I had the pleasure of experiencing something new this spring.  While raking mountains of leaves out of my perennial beds, an odd shaped object caught my eye (upper right image).  As I picked up the smooth, light brown, oval form I soon realized I was holding a large cocoon.  This one was intriguing since it was so much bigger than others I had seen in the past.  I could hear the pupa inside rattle like a maraca and had no idea if it could be al...
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