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Midsummer’s Day 2018
Pinch & Prune Basics
It seems the garden season has barely begun and already plants are crowding each other. So out comes my pruning shears and by-pass pruner. Pinch and prune can refer to a variety of techniques including pruning, deadheading, pinching stems or buds, or cutting back leggy plants to shape, form and trim. It is usually species-specific and based on common sense. Don’t worry about hurting your plants by experimenting.
#AASWinners are Planted
Master Gardener Volunteers, MOMS Club , Spooner High School horticulture class , Spooner Girl Scout Troop 27-35, and UW Interns have been busy in the last week getting the All American Selection Winners (#AASWinners) planted. This year's theme is "Get Social in the Garden". Pictures are the planting days and under "Read more..." the eight garden beds are shown after first planted.
Now showing in the Teaching & Display Garden are the most perfect peonies. The peonies were some of the few non-native plants retained when the Garden was converted to a Monarch Way Station. In bloom now along with the peonies are Baptisia (False Indigo), Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine), Prairie Pholx, Azaleas, and Nepeta Walker’s Low (Catmint). The Baptisia, Aquilegia, and Pholx are all native plants. Bees and several Monarch butterflies were busy at the blooms. It’s an excellent time to make a visit, check out the blooming plants and see the All American Selection displays as they are being planted (#AASWinners). The common expression when people stop by is “Wow”.
What is an Insectary?
The idea of an insectary is that certain plants contain properties that either invite beneficial insects or repel harmful insects. Beneficial insects prey on pests that cause damage in the garden. Ladybugs and praying mantis are good examples of beneficials. Using plants for pest control not only cuts down on your workload, but it also reduces the amount of insecticides that you use in your garden. And fewer insecticides means more good bugs, which in turn means help in controlling bad bugs.
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