From the Ground Up

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Codling moth larvae are the cause of the infamous “worm” in the apple or pear and is the immature stage of a small moth. This pest spends the winter as a mature larva in a pupal case on trunks of trees or in debris around the home orchard. When spring temperatures rise in March, the pupae mature and adult moths begin emerging in late March to April. Moths mate and lay eggs on leaves. Eggs hatch several weeks to a month later, and the larvae almost immediately bore into small fruit that has just begun to develop.

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Our gardening practices directly affect our community and our environment. There are many healthy gardening habits we can adopt that will lessen our personal impact on our surroundings, and in the process create a healthier environment.

There are basically eight areas of garden sustainability:

The Practical Gardener

Jan 30, 2016
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It's hard to believe, but the calendar says there are less than 50 days until spring. If you're at all like me, with all the welcomed winter rain, you haven’t spent too much time working in the garden — so now we're getting down to crunch time to get those winter orchard chores done.

What are the things do you need to be doing? The first thing: if you haven’t pruned your fruit trees yet, get that done. You have until about the middle of February to take advantage of the beneficial effects of winter pruning:

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It's officially winter, and one of the fun things about winter: it’s time to purchase our bare root plants. Specifically, bare-root roses.

There are roses for every location in your garden — the perennial bed, the shrub bed, the garden border or climbers for trellises in arbors. They come in bright hot colors, or pale pastels to fit every garden color scheme. And while they do require a bit more care than some of our other garden plants, they can be just spectacular.

Jennifer Jewell

Thresholds are such interesting aspects of life, aren’t they? They’re important physical and metaphysical moments between this place and that place.

The winter solstice is now past and the New Year is upon us — iconic moments in time that come around again and again — each time reminding us how endings are so intimately intertwined with beginnings.

Jennifer Jewell

The annual choosing of garden books to carry me through the winter comes with such promise of pleasure. As girls, my sisters and I would be asked by our mother for a list of books we might like from Santa and we would diligently write down one or two. Without fail, she (Santa) would bestow those and at least one — maybe two? — more. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that the additional titles were always based on a loving formula of the interests indicated from our original lists carefully warmed and expanded into larger (still unseen by us) hopes and dreams.


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Jennifer Jewell

I am planting bulbs, culinary and ornamental. A heavy box of hope and spring dreams arrived from the heirloom bulb supplier Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs arrived last week, and they are now calling me to get them in the ground in the next few weeks.