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  1. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I'd like to grow pole green beans this year and I'm looking for a no-fuss, very flavorful variety. What recommendations do you have?

    Pole beans are great to have in the garden, partly because they continuously produce beans over a long season. As such, continual harvesting when beans are ready to pick will increase your overall yie…
  2. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What is a hardy and fast growing ground cover for our area?

    There are a myriad of fast-growing ground covers to choose from, ranging in height from six-inch dwarfs to two or three foot shrub-like ground covers. The range becomes more refined depending on where…
  3. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I live in NY and was given s aunflower-seed kit as a wedding favor in September. When is the best time to plant and will they grow well indoors?

    Sunflowers can be grown indoors, but they are a bit trickier to grow. These colorful annuals require lots of sun and plenty of room, so they need to be grown in a large container--the bigger the bette…
  4. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What can I use to get rid of flying gnats in my house plants?

    Gnats flying around the house are a nuisance, to say the least. The bad news is that their larvae feed on plant roots and can sicken or kill a plant. The good news is that they are easy to control wit…
  5. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What should I look for in a lawn mower? We just moved to our first house and have an average size lawn, around an acre.

    The short answer is, one that meets your needs and your budget. There is such a wide range of lawn mowers to choose from. Here are a few factors to consider that will help narrow down your choices. …
  6. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center How often should I be watering my garden? It is mostly vegetables.

    It all depends on your weather, type of soil, and plants being grown. For example, clay soil holds moisture better than sandy soil. A good rule of thumb is one inch of water per week, which may transl…
  7. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center Weeds keep coming up through the mulch around my house. I spend a lot of time pulling them every year. Is there a way to get rid of them completely or at least keep them away for longer?

    A high quality layer of landscape fabric or landscape matting applied beneath the mulch will greatly reduce weeds and keep them from popping through. First, rake the existing mulch away, then weed the…
  8. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center need substitute for impatients for planting. what is recommended?

    Hi Larry. It's a good thing that you're looking for a substitute as there will most likely be a shortage on impatiens for this season. Garden impatiens have been hit especially hard by downy mildew an…
  9. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I live in Florida, and I get a lot of fire ants near my house. What’s the best way to get rid of them?

    The best bait to control fire ants is a protein-based, granular bait. Brands include Maxforce, Amdro, and Siege. Follow package instructions for best results and be patient--it may take several weeks …
  10. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I have seen the torches people use to keep bugs away. Do those really work? If so, how many do you need?

    The key element these torches have in repelling insects is citronella oil. The strong citrus-type odor makes it more difficult for mosquitoes to locate and lock in on a host, which in this case would …
  11. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center We got a small, inflatable swimming pool for the kids last year and now the lawn has some dead grass. How do I fix this?

    The best fix is to reseed the bare area. To do this you need to create a fine seed bed by loosening the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Mix the grass seed with compost, then evenly distribute the seed/co…
  12. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I have seen different kinds of plant food in the store. What’s the best way to use this? Do I need this for my flowers outside?

    The type of fertilizers available for indoor or outdoor use come in various forms. Soluble fertilizers provide an instant boost and are either sprayed on using a fertilizer applicator attached to your…
  13. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What do I need to do to make sure my lawn mower stays in great condition?

    The best place to start is with your owner's manual for their maintenance recommendations. Depending on your climate and lawn mower, those maintenance to do's might include specifics on changing your …
  14. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center How much mulch should I use around my trees and shrubs? I think my husband uses too much.

    The answer depends on the type of mulch being used. Fine-textured mulches such as grass clippings and aged sawdust can suffocate plant roots if applied too thickly. Coarse-textured mulches such as bar…
  15. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I want to start growing tomatoes in my backyard to make some homemade salsa. What kind of tomatoes should I get? What else will I need?

    Choose a tomato variety with a lot of meat-to-juice ratio, such as 'Big Beef', 'Early Cascade', 'Garden Fresh Salsa', or 'Viva Italia'. Try a combo of tomatoes for added color pizzazz, such as a red v…
  16. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What kinds of things can I do throughout the Spring and Summer to keep my lawn looking great?

    First, give your lawn an energy lift by topping it with a thin 1/4 inch layer of compost. The organic mulch will feed soil critters, which in turn will feed the plants by transforming the compost into…