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Cover up: Season extenders prolong gardens in winter

The first frost typically marks the end of the growing season for vegetable gardens. But with the popularity of season extenders, many gardeners now grow vegetables year-round. In Arkansas, we typically have fluctuating winter temperatures, so constant coverage is usually not necessary all winter long, but planning makes unexpected low…

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Gardening: The Great Pumpkins, squash and gourds

October and pumpkins are almost synonymous. While many think only of the mid-size orange jack-o’-lantern type, pumpkins, gourds and winter squashes come in a myriad of sizes and colors. From tiny Jack-B-Little forms to the competition giant pumpkins at county fairs, a wide variety of pumpkins and their relatives are…

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Ornamental grasses add interest to­­ fall garden

When many gardeners hear the word grass, they think of lawn grasses that are mowed weekly. But there is a wide array of ornamental grasses that add almost year-round interest in the home landscape, and most are beginning to shine right now. Ornamental grasses come in a very diverse mix…

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Pests eating plants? There ‘mite’ be an easy solution

Summer is in full swing with hot and humid weather. Gardeners are tasked with watering to keep plants thriving, and to add insult to injury, pests are on the rise. Gardeners should survey frequently, looking for signs of problems. Finding an issue, identifying a cause and researching a solution can…