How about some weird wildflower seeds? by Elizabeth Licata

CONTEST CLOSED!!!!! Image courtesy of Shutterstock Before Christmas, my husband and I had dinner with the wildflower queen herself, Miriam Goldberger, and her husband Paul Jenkins. We see them once or twice a year, because their company, Wildflower Farms, based in Coldwater, Ontario, has a Buffalo distribution center. After the events of 9/11/01 and the subsequent anthrax scares, it was no longer possible to mail seeds from Canada to the U.S. without paying inspection fees that could add $75 to the cost of each pack of seeds. In order to serve their U.S. customers and stay competitive, Wildflower Farms has a US-based warehouse and distribution center. As many of you may know, Miriam published a lovely book about wildflowers, Taming Wildflowers, in 2014. If you follow her on Facebook, you know she posts images of gorgeous wildflowers in her Ontario fields all year round, even in winter. And some of us (not me, sadly) visited Wildflower Farms as an extra garden bloggers’ Fling trip la..
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Flow Chart for the Gardening Revival by Garden Rant

We love this graphic from garden writer (and activist) C. L. Fornari, the Garden Lady. What she’s calling the “flow chart for the Gardening Revival” has been shared on garden blogs everywhere and over 1,300 times on Facebook alone. Flow Chart for the Gardening Revival originally appeared on Garden Rant on January 10, 2016.
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In remembrance of Allen Lacy by Thomas Christopher

Sometimes a death can spark a renaissance and I am hoping that will be the case with Allen Lacy who died on December 27th at age 80. I never knew him well – we spoke over the telephone on a number of occasions and I remember running into him once at some gardening event. I cannot, alas, claim him as a friend or even a mentor — but his work was a huge inspiration to me. His columns for the Wall Street Journal (which ran from 1979 to 1985) and his 1984 book of essays, Home Ground, charted a new direction in garden writing. Previous to Lacy, American garden writing had limited itself largely to the how-to. Lacy set out to examine the where, the why and, especially, the who. Although he was a passionate plantsman, Lacy understood that gardens are largely about context, that an array of plants is interesting not just in itself but equally for what it says about the dreams and attitudes of the person who nurtures it, and for how it expresses the latent potential of the place. Lacy had a re..
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100% organic pest control services

New to 2016, Harmon & Sons is pleased to announce that we are now offering 100% organic pest control services! From insects to rodents, we offer safe, effective, organic and Eco-friendly pest control solutions. If you’re concerned about synthetic chemicals being used in your home or around your pets and children, Harmon & Sons now has an all-natural solution! Our products are 100% safe, and are derived from plant oils and other natural ingredients. These products leave no chemical residue, yet are as effective as pesticides. As with all services,
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Wolf Spiders are poisonous but not lethal

Wolf Spiders are poisonous but not lethal. They are usually not aggressive but will bite if provoked. They are ground dwellers which usually reside in a burrow. Unlike spiders that make webs, Wolf Spiders hunt their meals, which mainly consist of insects and other small spiders. Spiders can look the same and it can be difficult to differentiate between wolf spiders and the many species that resemble them. Wolf spiders are hairy arachnids that can grow up to 35 mm in body length. Their bodies are commonly patterned in black,
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Crab Grass

Crabgrass and other annual grassy weeds are common problems in home lawns that can be treated. Proper lawn care practices to encourage a dense stand of vigorous grass are the best way to prevent weeds from invading. For example, mowing height can have a big impact. Lawns mowed higher (over 2½ inches) tend to have less problems with annual grasses such as crabgrass. Harmon and Sons can apply our Custom products to keep your lawn “Crab Grass” free! Call now for a a free estimate!
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Aphids and Spider Mites

Do your trees/shrubs have Aphids or Spider Mites? Aphids feed in clusters and prefer new shoots or young leaves. Most aphids are 1/10 inch long, and are commonly green, pink and black. Similar to a mosquito to humans, Aphids feed by sucking the moisture/water. This causes the plant to yellow, dry out, shrivel and even cause death of the plant.                Spider Mites are commonly found in mid to late summer. They thrive in the heat and put a lot of stress on the
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Poa Annua

Why do I have these weeds coming up?!? Poa Annua is actually NOT a weed, this is your Annual Bluegrass “re-seeding” itself. This occurs in spring when temperatures are between 70 and 80 degrees. This process lasts only a couple of weeks, and then your lawn will return to its natural appearance. In fact, this is very healthy and beneficial for your lawn. You will also see this again in the late fall.
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Your Spring Lawn

Your lawn goes into dormancy during the winter, frigid temperatures, drying winds, and a lack of snow cover can leave it looking tired and ragged once the snow melts. Here are two  simple steps you can take in the spring to get your lawn off to a good start for the growing season. Aerate – Aerating your lawn creates holes in the soil to allow air and water to penetrate to the root zone. This can be especially beneficial on heavy clay or compacted soils, or on areas damaged by extensive
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Pest Control

Each of our Customers Homes are Unique If your home has a pest problem, or you simply want to protect your family and their comfort and safety. Harmon and Sons have experienced, Licensed and friendly Pest Control Technicians that will help you identify your problems or give you solutions to prevent future pest problems. Our thorough pest control program is insurance against creepy, crawly things that can keep you awake at night, or have you tip-toeing in fear. You will sleep well knowing our pet and child safe applications will
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