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Amendments can help produce healthy soil
Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Amendments can help produce healthy soil

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Help boost your soil with compost and other amendments, to get the most out of your edible or visual garden.

Mother Nature provides plenty to grow healthy lawns, gardens and landscapes. But as many homeowners know, some lawns sometimes need…

Secrets to keeping an organized shed
Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Secrets to keeping an organized shed

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Hanging items vertically frees up more space in a shed or garage.

Despite other intentions, homeowners often turn their garages into storage centers for random, little-used items, leaving little to no room for the tools and even…

Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Pet owners: beware of poisonous gardens!

As Memorial Day approaches many in Central Vermont are getting excited about putting in gardens and planting flowers, ‘tis the season, and after a long cold winter we are all ready for some flowers! The Rutland County Humane Society would like to remind gardeners…

Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Did you know?

Biosolids are an organic amendment available to gardeners. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, biosolids are carefully treated and monitored residuals formed at sewage treatment facilities. They may be recycled into fertilizers to stimulate plant growth. Biosolids may help reduce the need…

Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Did you know?

Neem oil is a naturally occurring pesticide that can be used to combat a host of landscaping pests and diseases. Azadirachtin is an active component in neem oil that can be extracted to repel and kill pests. Studies have shown that neem oil is…

Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Controlling animal pests in gardens and landscapes

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor, UVM

Effective control of animal pests is possible though your success will depend on your timing, method, and perseverance. A control that works for your neighbor, or that worked for you last year, may not work…

Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Gardening pointers for novices

Some of the most popular gardens are plots designated for cultivating herbs and vegetables. Fresh produce is a great benefit of having a home garden, allowing homeowners to exercise control over which products to use to grow robust, healthy vegetables.

Novice gardeners may…

Reptiles, amphibians are on the move
Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

Reptiles, amphibians are on the move

Photo by John Hall

Salamanders like this Eastern red-spotted newt will soon be crossing Vermont roadways to reach wetlands where they will breed.

You may have already heard the spring peepers or wood frogs calling in your backyard….

A more eco-friendly lawn is just steps away
Home and Garden
May 7, 2015

A more eco-friendly lawn is just steps away

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Keeping your lawn an appropriate height, versus very short to cut down on mowings, will help to keep it healthy.

Maintaining a lush lawn is a healthy and rewarding hobby that affords homeowners to spend some…