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    Unwanted Home Visitors

    Fall, to many, is a beautiful time of year as the number of mosquitos and gnats decrease, however homeowners find unwanted bugs in or around their home.

    Fall’s Bounty May Bring Fruit Flies

    Fruit fly infestations can occur at any time of the year, but are most common during later summer and fall because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.

    Fall Garden Shed Cleanup

    As the days grow darker and the temperatures drop for many of us there are still a list of yard and garden chores to complete. One other thing to add to that checklist is your garden shed.

    Storing Tender Bulbs

    It is that time of year to start preparing to dig up your tender bulbs such as dahlias, gladiolus, caladiums, canna and calla lilies and store them indoors for winter.

    Planting Bulbs this Fall

    Planning, purchasing, and planting bulbs now will provide an array of beautiful colors in your yard next spring. Here is some helpful advice to have success with your bulbs.

    Time to Plant Garlic

    Soon the temperatures will be dropping below the freezing level and we will have a killing frost in the area which indicates it is time to plant your garlic cloves.

    Steps to Becoming a Master Gardener

    If you have a passion for gardening and would like to become a master gardener, here’s how.

    Pollinator Friendly Landscapes

    Pollinator insects, such as bees and butterflies, are a valuable part of our ecosystem. They assist in the pollination of many types of vegetation, including flowers, fruits, and vegetables. According to the Xerces Society (, pollinators play a role in the reproduction of 85% of the world’s flowers and 75% of the world’s crops. Without these insects, our ability to grow anything would be severely hampered.

    Horticultural Services Available to Local Residents

    Here are a few services we offer, and some guidelines to follow when you have a question:

    Horticultural Services Available to Local Residents

    Here are a few services we offer, and some guidelines to follow when you have a question:

    Planting Trees

    Don’t get over enthusiastic with your transplants. You want the night time air temperature to be at least 50º, and the soil temperature to reach 60º-70º to have the best success with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant. What to do until then? Plant a tree!

    Backyard Composting

    Before planting your wee seedlings, I would recommend getting your soil tested. At a loss where to find high quality, chemical free compost? Why not “grow” it in your own backyard?

    Be a Locavore! Eat Local Harvest Market

    The locavore movement, in which people try to eat food produced near their home, is getting more and more popular.

    Douglas County Horticulture Inquiries

    Now there is a new way to submit horticulture questions to your county Horticulture Educator

    Meet Your Local Educator

    Robin Trott is the consumer horticulture Extension educator.

    Seed Starting for Beginners

    If you’ve also selected the seeds to grow in your garden, you might be considering starting some of those plants indoors.
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