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There’s No Sugar Coating It

powdery mildewWe love the white powdery sugar on cookies and donuts, but are concerned when our plants look like they have been dusted with the same. Powdery mildew attacks many different plants at this time of year. Learn what you can do to minimize the menace and keep your plants “sugar-free.”
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Enjoy The Harvest Longer

canningWhen you are tired of gardening at this time of year, you might think about letting the critters eat the vegetables, let them over-ripen, or rot on the vine. Why not extend your bounty for use in late fall and winter. Learn how with some ideas on preservation methods.
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Name That Tree

tree flowersIt’s not in many backyards because it is messy. It’s not found on dairy farms because its leaves are poisonous to livestock. It often grows along untended fence rows because birds love the purple berries from spring flowers and deposit the seeds when perched on the posts.
Your choices for this month:
  a. Black cherry (Prunus serotina)
  b. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
  c. Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
  d. Catalpa
  e. Post oak (Quercus stellata)
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Climbing Higher

climberThis year, the International Tree Climbing Competition was hosted by the National Arboretum. We had members there to represent the Virginia Cooperative Extension and promote professional arboricultural practice. In addition, they tested their monkey skills.
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Time for Lime

limeIt’s lime time! And it’s not the kind you put in your margaritas. We have all heard that fall is the best time to apply lime, but we may not understand why. Explore what it is, where it comes from, how it works and how much to apply if you need it.
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Understanding Pruning

pruning toolsMeasure twice and cut once. This advice might be prudent when considering pruning your trees and shrubs. Additional advice can be found in “Essential Pruning Techniques”, where pruning information for over 400 plant species is found. Explore what else is covered in this new book release.
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Well, Well!

tap waterVirginia Cooperative Extension is working to raise awareness of their Virginia Household Water Quality Program. If your water comes from your well, you now have the opportunity to affordably test your water quality at Virginia Tech’s Biological Systems
Engineering Department.
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