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Week of May 24, 2021

Various bee species are drawn to wild geranium (Geranium spp.).Various bee species are drawn to wild geranium (Geranium spp.). Thriving in full sun to shade and growing up to 2’ tall, wild geranium will produce flowers in shades of white, yellow, lavender or pink at various times throughout the growing season. They are hardy in zones 3-8.

Harvest rhubarb by pulling stalks from the plant.

Prune spring flowering shrubs after they have bloomed.

To harvest the best berries, be sure that all berry plants receive at least an inch of water per week. More water is needed if the soil is particularly sandy. The use of a soaker hose placed along rows of strawberries or around blueberries are an efficient and easy way to water. They keep water off the leaves and dry leaves are less susceptible to disease.

Use tuberous begonias in hanging baskets for a shady porch.

Shear dianthus and creeping phlox after bloom for bushier plants.

Snack peppers are versatile and prolific—a great choice for the home garden.

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