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We know you’ve dreamed about having a banana plant or a bamboo or two in your garden. But can they grow in the Midwest? Yes, you can grow tropicals in your garden either as annuals or perennials. So get ready for those big shiny leaves and gorgeous colors.

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Whoa!  Hold on!  Just because the leaves are turning and the air is crisp, doesn’t mean your duties in the garden are over for the year.  There is much to do to prepare for next year.  Make your spring gardening easier by accomplishing many important tasks during the fall and early winter.  

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19 Nov / 2015

Holiday Season

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As we head into the holiday season, it’s the time of year for all of us to reflect on serious holiday plant matters.  So to begin, exactly what is a “bough of holly”?  And why was the partridge in a pear tree?  Why not an elm or a birch tree?

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According to oncology dietitians around the world, research shows a direct connection between diet and cancer outcomes. Healthy choices are tantamount to positive cancer outcomes, and this month, Stockslagers is joining forces with Women’s Wellness and Noble Circle to illuminate how gardening can help prevent and fight cancer, and how the very foods in your garden can give you a better life.

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For those of us who love to garden for hours at a time, it’s not uncommon to “feel it” the next day. Whether you’re hoeing the earth, pulling weeds, or planting seeds, all that bending over can do a number on your back. 

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Fall is the time we usually start to clean up our gardens and rake the falling leaves.  It is also the perfect time to start a compost pile. 

Did you know your compost pile is also a chemistry project?  Because all organic matter is made up of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), it is extremely important to balance these two elements in your compost pile.

 

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