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Carrots are super health food for the garden

Sweet, full of vitamins and antioxidants, carrots should entice you as a winner for your home garden. This is a vegetable that is extremely nutritious. Read more

Time to plant peas

Peas will never be considered an exotic food. They've been cultivated for at least 5,000 years. This ancient plant is a cool-season vegetable that needs to be planted early. Listen to the audio. Read more

Plant Diagnostics Clinic reopens

Established in 1965 to provide answers to plant health questions, the clinic receives samples from various agencies, businesses and private citizens throughout Missouri. Read more

April gardening calendar

Study your landscape for gaps that could be filled with bulbs. Mark these spots carefully and make a note to order bulbs next August. Read more

Seeds of hope

Two years ago, Marcy Weber had lost custody of her children and was homeless, unemployed and in trouble with the law. Watch the video. Read more

Contaminated compost showing up in Missouri

Newer versions of herbicides with active ingredients such as clopyralid, picloram and aminopyralid can pass through the digestive systems of foraging animals and arrive, unchanged, in the manure. Read more

Clay soil: A mixed blessing, but easily corrected

If your garden is more clay than loam, not all is lost. You can improve clay soil. Listen to the audio. Read more

Gardening is healthy for people of all ages

Growing a garden provides your body with a good physical workout. Make gardening a family affair and all will harvest the benefits. Read more

Top 10 tips for long-living trees

Trees, like people, have a life span. They live, they flourish, they die. Read more

New app helps you name that weed

University of Missouri Extension has released a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden. Watch the video. Read more

News

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  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s not surprising that “carrot” describes a lure or incentive. Sweet, full of vitamins and antioxidants, carrots should entice you as a winner for your home garden.
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  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Past performance does not guarantee future results. That’s true in your lawn and garden as well as the stock market. If you haven’t had a soil test in the past few years, it would be a worthwhile investment, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Peas will never be considered an exotic food, but they’ve been cultivated for at least 5,000 years. This ancient plant is a cool-season vegetable that needs to be planted early.
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  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Botanic Garden’s two-day celebration of the University of Missouri’s 175th anniversary will feature television host and gardening expert P. Allen Smith.
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  • Monday, March 24, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 1937, animator Frank Tashlin borrowed the name of petunia for Porky Pig’s girlfriend. Just as animation has changed greatly in nearly 80 years, today’s petunia is a far cry from yesteryear’s flower.
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  • Friday, March 21, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s easy to grow lettuce in container gardens, says Kim Martin, manager of Tiger Garden, the student-run floral shop on the University of Missouri campus.
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  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s one of the most popular crops in the home garden. It’s 95 percent water, low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin K. It’s been grown in space and a mile underground.
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  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – You might love your houseplants, but our homes often do not provide the best environment for them to thrive.
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  • Monday, February 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Getting plants to grow and thrive indoors can be a challenge. Indoor light is often too low and of poor quality. A light garden can correct that.
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  • Thursday, December 19, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The poinsettia is the most popular flowering holiday plant in the U.S. Today you can buy poinsettia in a wide variety of colors, including traditional red, white, pink, burgundy, marbled and speckled. However, this brightly colored plant wasn’t originally associated with the holidays.
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  • Thursday, December 19, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Use it to steal a kiss, but keep it away from children, pets and yourself. Every part of mistletoe, an evergreen plant with white berries, is highly toxic.
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  • Monday, September 9, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There’s a new University of Missouri Extension guide to discuss one of summer’s old pests.
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  • Friday, August 16, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– University of Missouri Extension centers are gearing up for Master Gardener classes this fall.
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  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Suburbanites and city dwellers don’t have to drive to the country to enjoy viewing wildlife. A few simple additions and changes can make even a small backyard attractive to a greater variety of birds and other wildlife.
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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you’re thinking of reseeding your lawn now that warm weather has arrived, think again.
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  • Friday, May 17, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The excessive spring rains could put plants at risk when Missouri weather turns dry and hot.
  • Monday, May 13, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It could be the memory of shelling peas with your grandmother or a desire for fragrant flowers. It could be as simple as wanting to shave a bit off your food bill. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to plant your first-ever garden. Now what do you do?
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  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013
    NEVADA, Mo. —Trees, like people, have a life span. They live, they flourish, they die. University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Pat Miller offers her Top 10 practices for prolonging the life of your tree.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Winter is finally releasing its grip, so lawns will be greening up and growing. It will soon be time for one of the most basic homeowner rituals: mowing the lawn.
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  • Friday, March 22, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden.
    Media available: photos; video
  • Friday, March 1, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Many garden and home-improvement stores offer a seemingly endless selection of fertilizers. What’s the best choice for your lawn or garden? Only your soil knows for sure.
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  • Friday, March 1, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Spring is almost here, but gardeners shouldn’t be too quick to start working the soil, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healthy garden starts from the ground up.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If the leaves of your roses, shrubs or soybeans look like swiss cheese, the culprit could be Japanese beetles.
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