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Garden Rx

Pesche’s Garden Rx is full of helpful articles to make your plants look their best. Whether you’re looking to go organic, or starting your seeds in the house, Pesche’s Garden Rx is the place to start.

Seed Starting Basics

Starting Seeds Indoors Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant need a long warm growing season to produce a good harvest. In the Chicago area, it is best to start these seeds in mid-March. Containers and trays: Almost any container can be used to start seeds such as milk or egg cartons, yogurt cups, or plastic trays. When reusing any container, it should be clean and sanitized in a 1:9 bleach:water solution. Put holes in…

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February Gardening

This month is the time to do an inspection of your yards. Here are some pointers what to look for and do now. Perennials may heave up out of the ground as temperatures warm up. If so gently firm roots back into the ground and surround the plant with additional mulch. Check all protective mulches around trees and flower bed. High winds this winter without snow cover probably disturbed the mulch exposing plants to winter…

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March Gardening

We all know this winter has been long and drawn out. You’re probably more than ready to get going on gardening. Be patient and do not work in your planting beds if the soil is wet! Working wet soil causes compaction and closes vital air pockets. The hard work you put into loosening our local clay soil will be ineffective. Wait until you can form a fist around a hand full of soil. Tap the…

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Gardener’s Start Your Seeds!

Expand your gardening horizons and grow your plants from seed. Seeds offer the gardener some much for so little! Seed starting is a fun and rewarding activity that you’ll look forward to every winter! Indoor plant propagation provides a valuable learning experience for the whole family. Have fun with some competition. Who can grow the ‘Awesome Tomato’ or the ‘Great Pumpkin’? Growing your own from start to finish offers substantial savings. You’ll be able to…

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House Plant Pests in Winter

Uugghh! Bugs! Did you have your houseplants outside this summer? Did you bring any new plants home? Did you re–pot any plants recently? This cold winter our customers are bringing in an abundance of houseplant leaf samples with various insect problems. Homes that lack humidity create favorable environments for insects like spider mites. Inspect your houseplants for insects! Check your plants over with a magnifying glass. Thoroughly look over the undersides of leaves and branch…

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