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What is composting?

Composting is a natural process in which organisms break down kitchen scraps and yard waste into a rich, soil like material called compost.

Why should I compost?

Organic waste such as leaves, garden trimmings and food scraps make up a large per-centage of the trash we produce at our homes. Rather than send these materials to a landfill or incinerator they can be recycled by Mother Nature into compost.

What can I do with compost?

Compost has a variety of uses in the garden. Compost can be used as a mulch for plants, as a potting soil additive or as a soil enricher, enhancer that has much needed nutrients prior to planting!

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   The Vegetable Gardener's Bible
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Wouldn't it be lovely to have a patch of corn, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and beans just steps from your kitchen door? Would you like to learn how to control your zucchini plant?
Ed Smith, an experienced vegetable gardener from Vermont, has put together this amazingly comprehensive and commonsensical manual, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible.
Basically, Ed and his family have been growing a wide variety of vegetables for years and he's figured out what works. This book, filled with step-by-step info and color photos, breaks it all down for you.

Ed's system is based on W-O-R-D: Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds, Deep soil.
With deep, raised beds, vegetable roots have more room to grow and expand. In traditional narrow-row beds, over half the soil is compacted into walkways while a garden with wide, deep, raised beds, plants get to use most of the soil.
In Ed's plan, growing space gets about three-quarters of the garden plot and only about a quarter is used for the walkway. Ed teaches you how to create raised beds both in a larger garden or in separate planked beds.
One of the most important--and most often overlooked- -aspects of successful vegetable gardening is crop rotation. Leaving a crop in the same place for years can deplete nutrients in that area and makes the crop more likely to be attacked by insects.
Rotate at least every two years and your vegetables will be healthier and bug-free. There's also a good section on insect and blight control.

Before choosing what to grow, go through the last third of the book, where Ed takes a look at the individual growing, harvesting, and best varieties of a large number of both common and more exotic vegetables and herbs.
Whether you are a putterer or a serious gardener, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible is an excellent resource to have handy.


Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

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Attitudes have changed in the 32 years since the first edition, and the idea of eschewing chemical pesticides and fertilizers in favor of compost piles, crop rotation, and other such means of growing healthy plants has broader acceptance.
The Encyclopedia sets forth the basics, with entries on a large number of plants and their cultivation, soil preparation methods, pests, garden plans, etc.

This all-new, authoritative edition of the 1978 classic--which sold more than 625,000 copies--provides practical, up-to-date information for every gardener, beginner and veteran alike
. Includes hundreds of how-to illustrations and step-by-step techniques, and features an easy-to-use A-to-Z format with more than 420 entries.

Patio Heater Review

Patio heaters used to be a luxury item that you would only see at a restaurant in Nappa Valley, today they are becoming commonplace to many patios, screened in porches and decks. Having used and researched multiple different brands of patio heaters it became clearly obvious who is THE industry leader. Blue Rhino, with vase knowledge and experience of propane gas tanks,  introduced the Endless Summer Line of patio heaters which  has consistently proven that the name (Endless Summer) is well begotten.  From top to bottom it is the market leader in style, performance and price.  These full size heaters can be warm up to 20 foot radius, and provide the right atmosphere for most outdoor gatherings anytime of the year.  To further research these units as the comparisons chart below shows,'s Blue Rhino hits a home run.


Industry Rated #1 --Here's Why:

Features & Benefits of all Endless Summer Patio Heaters:

  • Safety Tilt Switch. (gas automatically shuts off if heater leans more than 18 degrees)
  • 40,000BTU/Hr (Except for table top version)
  • AGA and CGA Approved.
  • Ideal for patio, restaurant, swimming pool, outdoor entertainment, etc.
  • 18' to 25' circle of sun-like radiant heat.
  • Raises temperatures 10-30° F.
  • No electrical connections needed.
  • Low maintenance - weather resistant construction.
  • Will operate 10 hours from common 20 lb barbecue type propane tank. (tank not included)
  • Multiple heaters may be used to heat large areas.
  • Propane tank is hidden inside patio heaters base.
  • Assembles in less than 2 hours with common household tools!

 Endless Summer Vs. The Competition

Endless Summer

Endless Summer  Advantage

$499 - $1,000 $239*(Only at and up More features, style, durability and performance for less money. Plus you get a $20 mail in rebate offer on any model.
Vertical emitter Angled emitter Directs heat output down for better efficiency and improves overall aesthetics.
Single emitter screen 2 heavy gauge emitters Solid inside emitter adds structural strength, amplifies burner output, reduces wind blowout and reduces heat loss through center. Heavy duty outside emitter enhances performance and retains good look longer.
--- Ceramic cone insulator Provides a more consistent output over 360 degrees, improves output by reducing heat loss through center, helps heater warm up faster & stay hot longer.
Standard stainless High temperature stainless Increases engine and burner life expectancy, improves appearance, efficiency and safety.
--- Whisper quiet burner Runs quietly even in the wind to enhance atmosphere.
Solid engine housing Engine body with access door Provides easy access to engine components for maintenance and repairs.
Lightweight dome Heavy gauge aluminum dome Retains good looks longer and is designed for easy removal for storage and transport.
Sheet metal structure Structural frame system Makes assembly easier and faster, retains perpendicularity longer, makes cleaning easier and saves carton space.
Sheet metal base Steel Base & Counterweight Heavy weight base plate improves safety by reducing wobble & tilt.
--- Trimmed base edge Protects wooden decks from scratches, makes moving easier and quiet.
--- Tilt control Increases safety by shutting off gas flow in the event that the unit is tilted more than 35°.
Removable cylinder door Sliding cylinder cover Provides quickest and easiest access to cylinder for changes without damaging finishes and ensures the cover is not misplaced.
--- Cylinder access slot Allows easy access to cylinder valve to encourage complete shutdown after every use.
Single large carton 2 carton system Allows single person carry, fits in almost any size vehicle, reduces packaging scrap.
--- Quick & easy assembly Assembles in less than 1 hour with common household tools.
--- User friendly owner’s manual Informative illustrations with easy to understand instructions make assembly, maintenance, repairs and trouble shooting easy.

Warranty Period
Heater's warranty extends for 1 year from date of purchase by original purchase.

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Plant & Tree Pruning Techniques

Pruning is a vital part of plant and tree care. This task can be confusing so we developed the following guide to help you prune properly.

Three basic tools suffice for most pruning jobs: shears, loppers, and a pruning saw. Keep them sharp for clean cuts; disinfect after pruning diseased material.

1. When Do Roses Need To Be Pruned?

Prune in winter or early spring when plants are still dormant. Prune plants to maintain symmetrical bushes and to encourage strong new growth. Cut back all previous years growth as much as one-third its length. Remove branches that cross through center and remove plants understock. Also prune weak and dead stems as needed. This will also encourage strong new growth.

2. When Do Crepe Myrtles Need To Be Pruned?

The best time to prune crepe myrtles is in February. Prune out twiggy stems and any dead wood. Thin out crossing or crowding branches in the plants center. If tree form, prune lower branches. Prune top to maintain symmetry. Each year after flowering, cut 12 to 18 inches off the tips of branches that have bloomed.

3. When Do Hollies Need To Be Pruned?

Prune in winter or early spring mostly to shape plants. Cut back wayward branches and prune out weak unproductive dead stems as needed.

4. When Do Butterfly Bushes Need To Be Pruned?

Butterfly bushes bloom in summer on new spring growth. They can be pruned in late winter or early spring. By pruning old blooms you will encourage new flowers. Also prune out old dead and unproductive branches.

5. When Do Hydrangeas Need To Be Pruned?

Hydrangeas fall into two groups. Some you prune in early spring and others after the flowers fade.

  1. Early Spring Pruning
    Hydrangeas bloom on new growth. These plants are Climbing Hydrangea, Annabelle, Grandiflora, and PeeGees.
  2. After-Bloom Pruning
    Hydrangeas bloom on last years stems. These include Bigleaf Hydrangeas, Oakleaf Hydrangeas, Lacecaps, SummerBeauty, and Nikko Blue. Pruning should be done when the flower has faded. Cut back the flowering stems to the strongest pair of new shoots. As plants mature, begin to thin out the oldest woody stems. Remove crowded crossing, broken, or dead branches.

6. When Do Clematis Need To Be Pruned?

Clematis can be put in three categories: Spring-flowering, summer-flowering , and twice-flowering.

  1. Spring-blooming
    Clematis produce flowers on stems that grew during the previous year. Prune when flowers are done blooming. Cut back the flowers that are now dead. Prune out any old dead stems as well.
  2. Summer-blooming
    Plants bloom on new growth produced in the spring. Cut back stems before new growth begins. Late autumn or early spring is a good time to prune. Cut back about 12 inches of old growth. Each year the vine will grow larger and stronger.
  3. Twice-blooming
    Plants first bloom in spring on stems produced the previous year. Late summer or fall will be the next bloom time. In late fall or very early spring, prune lightly to thin the stems. After the spring bloom, prune more heavily for more healthy stems to develop for the next bloom. After a second bloom, prune old flowers away.

7. When Do Fruit Trees Need To Be Pruned?

The most common fruit trees are apple, peach, pear and cherry.

  1. Apple Trees
    Apple trees should be pruned in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Always remove all suckers (summer is a great time). Also remove dead and other unproductive branches as needed.
  2. Peach Trees
    Peach trees are fast growing and need to be pruned in winter. Without pruning the peaches will grow farther away from the tree's center. This will put great strain on the branches, causing them to break. In winter, thin out upward-growing branches that cross in tree's center.
  3. Pear Trees
    Prune back in early spring. Always prune dead and unproductive branches as needed.
  4. Cherry Trees
    Prune in winter. Prune out branches that cross in center and dead unproductive branches as needed.

8. When Do Azaleas and Rhododendrons Need To Be Pruned?

They can be pruned in winter or early spring. However pruning at this time will prevent plants from producing many blooms. The best time to prune azaleas and rhododendrons is just after their blooming period in spring. If you prune at this time , no additional pruning will be necessary.

9 When Do Junipers Need To Be Pruned?

Junipers need very minimal pruning. They should be pruned to correct their shape, to accent their form, or to limit their size. This should be done during the juniper's growing stages in mid-summer.

10. When Do Flowering Trees Need To Be Pruned?

Flowering trees should be pruned after they have finished blooming. Prune as little as possible. Dead branches, branches that cross in the center, and branches that are unproductive should be pruned out.

Three basic tools suffice for most pruning jobs: shears, loppers, and a pruning saw. Keep them sharp for clean cuts; disinfect after pruning diseased material.

A Solution To The Problem Of Crabgrass

Once Crabgrass gets foothold in your lawn it can be difficult to fend off (even with the best pre-emergent control products!) However it can be done! Here is what we recommend!

The first step is to purchase our Crabgrass Killer! This chemical is formulated to specifically attack the roots of crabgrass! It is a Post-emergence control for grassy weeds in Bermuda, zoysia and bluegrass lawns. It kills crabgrass, sandbur, dallisgrass, johnsongrass, goosegrass, barnyardgrass and more.

This concentrate and will cover up to 4,000 square feet! For Blue Grass mix 2 oz (4 tablespoons) in 1 gallon of water to cover 200 sq. ft. Spot treat the areas that are infested with crabgrass.

The second step is critical for optimal application -- always mix a "Spreader Sticker" with the weed killing chemical.

The "spreader sticker" we recommend is called Wilt Pruf. Mixing a spreader sticker (1 oz. per gallon) with a weed killer will ensure the chemical spreads over the entire foliage area and then sticks! As an added benefit, it will keep an application from washing off during an unexpected spring rain storm!

The weed should begin to wilt and brown within 5 days -- spot treat as needed every two weeks until you have killed off that nasty crabgrass! It should not take more than 2-3 applications to wipe out event he most mature crabgrass.

A couple of other notes: For best results, apply Crabgrass Killer to the lawn in the morning (after dew has dried) on a sunny, calm day to allow maximum absorption of the weed killer. Higher temperatures result in a quicker uptake of this product for faster control. However, do not apply Crabgrass Killer if temperatures exceed 90 degrees. If daytime temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees, apply the product in early morning when it is cooler.

The combination of these two products will take care of your weed problem!

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Say Goodbye to Moles and Voles Forever!

Getting rid of moles and voles can be a difficult task! However by following a few simple steps it can be done.

If you are looking for a quick removal of the pesky vagrants use the Whole control. This concentrate is sprayed directly into the areas where armadillos, moles, voles, gophers, and other burrowing animals are digging.

It is not a poison and will not hurt any animals. Whole Control will leave a residual in the ground which tastes awful. As invaders dig, they will come in contact with the bad tasting soil and quickly decide the bad taste is too strong and prompt them to find food elsewhere.

For a more permanent control we recommend using the Mole and Vole Eradication Program. It requires using all three of the following products in combination.

1) Whole Control Spray -- Effective immediately
2) Vole Block -- Provides a long term underground barrier
3) Milky Spore--Gets rid of the grubs that moles love to eat for up to 15 years!

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Mosquito Facts & West Nile Virus Update

Mosquito Facts

Mosquito, the name is Spanish for little fly. There are 3000 different kinds of mosquitoes and a worldwide population of 100 trillion!! Most are in tropical climates, but there are mosquitoes in arctic and desert regions.

They can fly up to 10 mph, dart between raindrops and even fly backwards. Most live and die close to where they hatch, but some are strong flyers that travel many miles in search of a victim. 

Only female mosquitoes bite. They require a blood meal in order to develop eggs to make more mosquitoes. Most female mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Stagnant ponds, ditches and fresh or salt water wetlands are favorites, but even a few tablespoons of water in a flower pot or old auto tire will do. The eggs hatch, become swimming larvae, then pupae and finally flying adults. Mosquito larvae are an important source of food for certain fish, birds, bats and other animals. To reduce Mosquito infestation we recommend using the following products  Mosquito Bits or Mosquito Dunks.  A SkeeterVac is a long term and highly effective solution for eliminating mosquitoes . SkeeterVac's  patent pending scientifically proven technology  creates an atmosphere biting mosquitoes can't resist: warmth, water vapor, carbon dioxide and odorants. Then it finishes off the job by trapping and killing those biting pests so your outdoor experiences are safer and more enjoyable.

What's being done about Mosquitoes and what you can do.

In their quest for blood, mosquitoes may bite birds, frogs, snakes, and mammals, including people. Some, called peridomestic mosquitoes actually live and breed around homes just to be near us.

24 hours or so after hatching, a female mosquito flies off in search of a meal. She homes in on body warmth, odor, moisture and the carbon dioxide we exhale. When she bites, the mosquito injects a bit of saliva that slows coagulation so blood flows freely. It's your body's allergic reaction to the saliva that caused the welt and itching sensation.

Mosquitoes can also transmit canine heartworm, which is fatal to dogs once contracted. For protection, pet owners can purchase a preventative medicine from their veterinarian.

Generally, the trend in the U.S. is away from spraying adult mosquitoes with chemicals. Whenever possible, government health authorities control large tracts of mosquito breeding land by larviciding. They use low toxicity biopesticides like B.t.i. (Bacillius thuringiensis subspecies israelensis), a live bacteria that's deadly to mosquito larvae, harmless to other living things.

The mosquito that bit you last night may have hatched in the birdbath right in your own back yard. At home or with school or community groups, you can effectively reduce mosquito problems using common sense and environmentally-conscious methods.

Organize a neighborhood cleanup. Its great community project that will eliminate lots of potential mosquito breeding spots and improve the view! Look for places where rainwater collects and stands. Old car tires, drain flower pots, children's wading pools and tree holes.

Goldfish and fresh water minnows (Gambusia affinis) will both eat mosquito larvae. Microbe Lift is an ideal supplement to protect pond areas for excessive mosquito hatchlings. Check with your local mosquito control agency about availability and local regulations. Flush birdbaths and fountains weekly. Clean clogged gutters and drains, cover cesspools.

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To Humans and domestic animals, mosquitoes are a nuisance and a health hazard since mosquitoes can transmit a variety of diseases.

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