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Garden Variety: Prevent pests from harming your indoor plants

Aphids, mealybugs, scale insects, spider mites and thrips are plant pests that cause significant damage to indoor plants in winter months when left unmanaged. Gardeners have many options for control of these pests but should use caution with home remedies that can cause even more harm to their ...

Garden Variety: Growing plants can be good for mental, physical health

Gardeners are from all walks of life and have interests ranging from indoor tropical plants, food (fruit and vegetable) production, native plants, pollinator and wildlife habitats, traditional lawns and landscapes, and any combination of those. The arrival of the new year is the perfect time to ...

Garden Variety: Emerald ash borer regulations changing

The emerald ash borer is a destructive insect pest that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the U.S. since its introduction into the country. Federal and state regulatory officials attempted to slow it down by regulating movement of ash trees, wood and mulch, but their efforts have ...

Garden Variety: Build a terrarium garden at home

Terrarium gardens are a fun and educational activity for people of all ages, and they can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Terrarium gardens are appropriate year-round (and should last for years), but winter building offers a special opportunity to connect with nature when the ...

Garden Variety: For evergreens in Kansas, think beyond pine trees

Pine trees are often the first things that come to mind when thinking about evergreen plants to add to the landscape for screening, windbreaks and winter interest. There are many other options, though, and many are better suited for planting in northeast Kansas than pines. Take a look around ...