Gardens

Natural Needle Drop Is Nothing to Worry About

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

When we think of trees in our area, there are two basic categories they fall into: deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous trees give us those great fall colors we are now seeing in the leaves, and of course, eventually, those leaves will fall to the ground.

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Adopting Trees Helps Muncie’s Urban Forest

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

If you have read any of my articles, or have heard me speak, you have probably found out that I love trees. For as long as I can remember, and long before I knew many of their names, I have loved trees. They are the giants of the forest and being among them is always a renewing experience for me.

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Wooly Aphids

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10:00:00 am


A little over a month ago, I was looking around making notes about the needs of the gardens at Minnetrista, and I noticed what looked like little bits of cotton spread out on the ground below an oak tree. At first I thought a mower had hit a cigarette butt that someone littered, but after a closer look, that wasn’t what it was. This cottony looking substance was a sign we had a wooly aphid infestation.

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Insect Repellent Can Harm Your Lawn

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

Doing yardwork this time of the year comes with its many challenges.

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Canada Thistle, A Weed We Could Do Without

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

Recently, I had a great suggestion from a reader who has been observing the growing and flowering Canada Thistle that is going to seed all over Muncie. She thought it would be a good idea to go over this troublesome weed, and perhaps get folks aware of why and how they should manage it. Great idea! 

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Strange Things Are Happening In My Yard

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:15:00 am

Some weird stuff has been happening on my home lawn this spring.

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Checkers Anyone?

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

A lot of time goes into maintaining a home lawn. For many of us, sad to say, more time is spent  taking care of our lawn than using our lawn for enjoyable activities.

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Partners for Daffodils

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

Nothing says spring quite like a daffodil. After a long winter, their sunny faces popping up all over town is one of the cheeriest sights I know. Add to that their resilience and dependability, and it’s no wonder that the daffodil is one of the best loved spring perennials. But what if you are hungry for something new? Several lesser-known plants exhibit beautiful blooms this time of year. Pair these with daffodils, and both really shine!

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00:00 am

I just got back from the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Although I learned many exciting things, one theme emerged consistently—soil, soil, soil. Without healthy soil, we cannot have healthy plants. Here are a few tips for nurturing rich, resilient soil in your garden.

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Use the Disease Triangle to Help Your Plants

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm

I have written several articles about different plant diseases and pests that the horticulture team has dealt with at Minnetrista. I like sharing what choices we make to combat various plant issues for those of you that might be dealing with the same issue in your own garden—or at least give you a heads up on what might be coming your way.

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