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CAULIFLORY

NO… this is not about cauliflower !  Cauliflory is an evolutionary adaptation in which flowers and fruit develop directly from the trunks and woody branches of plants. Thank you Produce Made Simple ! Cauliflory means “ stem flower”.  It occurs in a distinct vertical zone below the forest canopy.  Its found throughout  the world.  It […]

CEDAR APPLE RUST

WHAT IS THAT ! CAR blisters on apple leaf.  Thank you Clemson University As the summer progresses into fall gardeners start noticing these blisters on their apple tree leaves.  It’s a fungus !!! This disease is one of several caused by the genus Gymnosporangium. Its called Cedar Apple Rust. The disease  has a complex life […]

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are often used in massaging and aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine that employs plant extracts to support health and well-being. They are not meant to be eaten or swallowed. Essential oils – Thank you Very Well Health !   These oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent […]

SOIL GRUBS

This is a mostly invisible pest – living its life cycle in the soil for most of the season.  Grubs are the immature larvae of various species of beetles:  There are endless species of them.  Here in NYC these are the most common: Black Vine Weevil, Oriental Beetle, European Chafer, Japanese Beetle. Black vine weevil                    […]

 
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