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Dont bag those leaves

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Got leaves?  Lucky you!  They are one of the richest resources you can have for your yard and garden.  Raking, bagging, and getting rid of them is unnecessary hard work so let’s take a look at why and how you can use them. Read More

Critters Underground

Friday, July 12, 2013

Below the surface of our lawns and gardens we find the underground world of moles and voles. They both dig through the soil creating deep or shallow tunnels but they are very different animals and can create distinct problems for us. Before they become a pest there are a few simple techniques to protect our gardens. Read More

Preventing Plant Diseases

Monday, July 01, 2013

Have you been getting a lot of rain and had a cool June? This this may be time to start some preventative treatments in your garden to reduce diseases. Cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes, and potatoes are most susceptible and here are a few things every gardener can do to keep their plants healthy... Read More

Bird Control

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

As your summer fruits begin to mature it's wise to get prepared for the birds who are also watching.  Most birds around the garden are very beneficial and we should be thankful they are there constantly feeding on insects.  But when they turn their eyes towards our strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries here are a few strategies to limit the share they take away... Read More

Squash & Cucumber Watch

Monday, June 24, 2013

How are your squash and cukes looking?  It’s time to watch closely for a few damaging pests that can carry serious diseases into your garden… Read More

Garden Watch update

Monday, June 17, 2013

Based on recent weather and the season there are a few garden pests you should be watching for...   Read More

Early Garden Bug Watch

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Now that our gardens are showing good growth, hungry bugs may take notice and move in for a free lunch.  Three simple steps to keep ahead of garden insect pests are 1) regular inspections ("scouting"), 2) effective organic controls, & 3) prevention of future attacks.  Here is one common problem you might watch for in early June... Read More

When to Plant?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

It's important to plant or transplant into the garden at the right time, not too early, but this can be tricky. There are several good guides including the U.S. Department of Agricultural Plant Hardiness maps to estimate the last frost-free dates.  Also, many seed companies provide good planting guidelines, but they are not accurate for local conditions. One of the most reliable when to plant tools tuned to your local conditions is the observation of nature's events that show us the earliest times to plant.  Here is a summary of some common ones that everyone can use. Read More

Don't Forget Your Mother!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Mother's Day is right around the corner. This is the day we celebrate the loving spirit of the women in our lives who have nurtured us, our children and our families. This is the day we say "Thank You!" What better way to do so than by giving a gift from Mr. McGregor's Garden Store! Mr. McGregor's Garden Store has a wide variety of unique gifts, including several different types of Mr. McGregor Fence Kits. As you know, our fencing is the kindest and most effective tool to keep critters out of gardens, backyards and other areas claimed by them.   Read More

Birds, the hungry engineers

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring marks the migration of birds from south to north in most parts of the world and though some have already arrived at their destinations, many are still passing through.  Both our native residents and recent arrivals find scant food so our bird feeders are very popular with finches, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches, wrens, juncos and chickadees. In addition to keeping your bird field guide handy you can get great help in identifying all the birds at All About Birds.    Many birds species are in trouble and we need more information to know what can be done.  You can help the birds by contributing your observations to Project FeederWatch
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