This is a collection about horticulture.

The War Against Voles February 8, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Killinger @ 8:00 am

The first rule of war is to know thy enemy. It may seem a little drastic to think about waging war again furry little critters, but once you have actually dealt with them then you understand. Find out about a common landscape villain, what they do, and how can keep your landscape from becoming their lunch. (more…)


Winter’s Effects on Trees January 25, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Killinger @ 8:00 am

Ice covered pine needles. Photo by V. Jedlicka

Winter in Nebraska can be summed up in one word, unpredictable. No matter what the weather does this winter, break out of the house to complete a few quick and easy tasks in your landscape to keep you trees and shrubs in tip-top shape.   (more…)


Selecting Plants Made Easier with AAS January 11, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Killinger @ 8:00 am

Seed and plant catalogs have started piling up on excited gardener’s tables everywhere. Thumbing through the catalog, how do you know which of the latest and greatest plants are really good and which ones are duds? There is someone who has already taken on that difficult task for us.


All-America Selections have done the dirty work for you.

One organization was founded to truly help make the difficult task of making selections easier. All-America Selections (AAS) is a non-profit organization that tests new plant varieties across the nation and lets home gardeners know which new cultivars are truly improved. They test new, unsold cultivars then pick out the outstanding plants. The first AAS winners in 1932 were announced a year later, after the results were tabulated from the first trial. Today the winning plants must still follow a strict set of criteria, but they are available for sale the year they are announced as the AAS winners, so the 2016 winners are available in 2016. (more…)


Is Your Christmas Tree for the Birds? December 28, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Killinger @ 8:00 am

Add a fruit garland to help feed the birds and get double duty out of you old tree. Photo by M. Frogge.

Live Christmas trees add an unmistakable ambiance to the holidays. Now that the holidays are over, the time has come to let your tree perform a different task. Get good use out of your live Christmas tree for a while longer by using it for other tasks like feeding the birds. (more…)


The Perfectly Picked Poinsettia December 14, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Killinger @ 7:00 am


Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it is time to decorate for the holidays. No holiday decorating would be complete without poinsettias in the house. These plants are a part of most holiday traditions, but do you know what it takes to pick out the best one and makes it last long into the new year? (more…)


Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program November 30, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Killinger @ 7:30 am

Become a Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

Do you enjoy plants and gardening? Looking to learn more and hone your skills but don’t know where to go? The Extension Master Gardener program will educate you on many aspects of horticulture, allow you to test your knowledge and skills, all while serving your local community. (more…)


Problems with Ornamental Pear Trees November 20, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Killinger @ 5:29 pm
pear tree

Ornamental pear tree with cracking and flaking bark.

Pear trees in our area have a problem.  Cracking, plating, and flaking bark has been reported in many ornamental or flowering pears across the region.  What caused this problems and what can you do about it? (more…)



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