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The flower that thrives on neglect

Few garden flowers give more and ask for less than daylily. In the quest for a “no maintenance” perennial, daylily is about as close as one can get. There are some who maintain that daylilies thrive on neglect. Read more

Garden critters: 'frenemies' in grow places

Every gardener knows the frustration of having a beautiful flower or vegetable garden decimated by four-legged critters. Read more

July gardening calendar

Provide water in the garden for the birds, especially during dry weather. Read more

Nativars offer the best of both worlds

Nativars, superhero plants that possess the virtues of native plants but in a more attractive package, make good choices for landscaped areas. Read more

Good soil makes for green thumb gardening

Unfortunately, most Missouri soils are less than ideal for gardening. Read more

Gardening after 50 is golden with right tools

Keep your garden area close to you to reduce stooping and bending. Raised beds, with the center no more than 3 feet from the edge, reduces reaching. Read more

Protecting pollinators in your yard

Most people who are active in caring for their lawns and landscaped plants are aware of and concerned about the decline of insect pollinators, such as certain types of bees and butterflies. Read more

Sanitize tools for good garden hygiene

Like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Read more

Don't guess on garden fertilizer

The best way to make sure your plants get the right nutrients is to have the soil tested. Read more

How does your garden grow?

If you can't remember, you need From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar. This journal will keep you organized with the details of your garden in one handy place. Read more

News

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  • Friday, July 21, 2017
    VERSAILLES, Mo. – Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners know that good things come in small packages.
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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – An old Missouri saying advises, “On the 25th of July, sow your turnips, wet or dry,” said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri researchers, under the direction of MU Extension weed scientist Kevin Bradley, are finding that pigweed seed is popping up in birdseed in alarming numbers.
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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the search for a colorful annual flower that can handle the rigors of a typical Missouri summer, zinnia ranks high on the list, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Few garden flowers give more and ask for less than daylily. In the quest for a “no maintenance” perennial, daylily is about as close as one can get, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. There are some who maintain that daylilies thrive on neglect, he added.
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  • Monday, June 19, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cute critters by day. Thieves by night.
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many admire them. Few grow them.
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  • Friday, May 26, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nothing says summer like steaming hot, homegrown sweet corn dripping with butter.
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Japanese beetles are back in full force in Missouri. Expect them two weeks earlier than normal, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Ben Puttler.
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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rainbow-colored irises, commonly found in Missouri fence rows, ditches and yards, are anything but common, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. A flower of contrasts, iris is hard to kill yet maintains an intricate and delicate beauty.
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  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nothing sings spring more than asparagus.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The ukulele-playing Tiny Tim may have strummed it best. “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” is good advice for gardeners. Tiptoe through the bulb garden, doing little for bigger, more beautiful blooms next year.
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  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Love them or hate them, the beet’s nutritional value is as intense as its striking purple color.
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  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Few flowering ornamentals are as exquisite as the “Queen of the Vines”—clematis.
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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nativars, superhero plants that possess the virtues of native plants but in a more attractive package, make good choices for landscaped areas.
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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of the most common problems homeowners have with their lawns is that they do not know what kind of grass is in it.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – You can’t grow turkey in the straw. However, you can grow side dishes and floral centerpieces for a turkey dinner in the straw.
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  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The cyclamen is Cupid’s flowering love child.
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  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
    BETHANY, Mo. – Although many in Missouri think about mushrooms when the morels are at their peak in April, people who grow mushrooms at home or commercially need to be thinking about them much of the year, says a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Terrariums are back in style for plant lovers, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Monday, December 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Evergreens, holly, mistletoe and other traditional plants adorning homes at this festive time of the year can pose risks, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Your houseplants may look like they need CPR after you bring them inside to protect them from falling temperatures.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –  Ben Franklin’s adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could be gardeners’ theme song for November.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Tree leaves can be a gardener’s best friend when used correctly. Use leaves to start a compost pile or add nutrients to lawns, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Minor bulbs make a major splash in early spring.
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brown marmorated stink bugs are hunting homes for the winter.
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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. – Feed your garden and it will feed you.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you hate raking and bagging leaves, University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Brad Fresenburg has good news for you.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This fall millions of Americans will make an annual pilgrimage to a retail outlet to purchase a vegetable that, unfortunately, they are very unlikely to eat, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
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  • Monday, October 3, 2016
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – It’s the time of year when walnuts will start dropping off their trees.
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  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many spring flowerbeds awaken with the vibrant colors of tulips. Once a valuable currency, tulip has a history as vibrant as its petals.
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “You don’t need to have a green thumb to be a good gardener, but it certainly helps to have good soil,” said David Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist. Unfortunately, most Missouri soils are less than ideal for gardening.
  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    MONROE CITY, Mo. – The right tools and techniques can make gardening after 50 golden, says University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist Todd Lorenz.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The unique beauty and pleasing fragrance of carnivorous plants lure unwary prey into their clutches. From an insect’s point of view, carnivorous plants are lovely to behold until they grab hold.
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  • Friday, August 12, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. — A penny saved is a penny earned, but saving seeds from the garden can be a questionable use of time and energy.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Plants and people are alike when it comes to sizzling temperatures.
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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Homeowners who usually leave decisions about watering the lawn to the whims of the weather might be having second thoughts as summer gets off to a dry start.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • 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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