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Week of January 4, 2021

Ever wonder why one bad apple spoils the bunch? Overripe fruit gives off ethylene gas which hastens nearby fruit ripening.Ever wonder why one bad apple spoils the bunch? Overripe fruit gives off ethylene gas which hastens nearby fruit ripening.

Compost kitchen waste: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells.

A properly maintained compost bin does not stink.

Blue spruce requires full sun with no surrounding plantings to thrive.

Native plants evolved with and support native pollinators.

Water houseplants when the top 1–2 inches of soil feels dry.

If a pear tree is on your list of additions to the garden this year, you will discover that pear trees are available in either standard or dwarf trees. Standard trees produce much more fruit than dwarf trees, however, dwarf trees begin to bear fruit sooner, are easier to care for and require less room. Some dwarf pear trees are not as hardy in cold climates so be sure to check hardiness before purchasing.

 


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