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How, Why and When to Test Your Soil

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Soil testing is an important practice for anyone trying to grow healthy and productive plants. By Justin Keay [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue.] MU Extension offices across the state processes thousands of soil samples every year and MU Extension Specialists are always happy to help you understand your soil test results. Soil testing

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Sowing Native Plant Seeds

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For many of us, there’s nothing like the joy of holding a packet of seeds in the winter. Seeds are little morsels of hope that have such potential, especially on cold, wintery days. By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue.] For many of us, there’s nothing like the joy of holding a

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Find Holiday Decor in Your Garden

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Cut evergreen stems form a foundation for winter decorations that can be accented with dried flowers, festive berries and ornaments. By Abby Lapides (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue) Cut evergreen stems form a foundation for winter decorations that can be accented with dried flowers, festive berries and ornaments. Many of the common trees

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Hygge + Houseplants = A Happy Winter Season for Gardeners

cozy fireplace scene

Holding your coffee cup with two hands and savoring the flavor and aroma, gazing out a window on a snowy day wearing soft socks and reading a great book recommended by your friend, lighting a candle arranged beside a glass terrarium you just planted with your sister, cuddling with a pet… By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in

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Dried Plant Stalks Important Winter Homes for Bees and More!

Sumac stems

I took my first steps in horticulture walking down a narrow path of age-old gardening traditions. I learned to care for vegetable gardens, a rose garden, a lilac screen and perennial borders each with squarely trimmed hedges and edges. The lawn was cut in a diamond pattern using an old-style reel mower. By Scott Woodbury [This article was first published

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