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Garden Care (plant maintenance) has to do with caring for and maintaining the plants after they are planted outside. Dealing with weeds, insects and diseases; cold, rainy springs and hot, blustery summers; hordes of insects, difficult mold or mildew, all come under the heading of Garden Care. You'll find excellent drawings, color snapshots and home grown advice in this section, so GO FOR IT!

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Perhaps the most elegant definition of a weed is ‘a plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered’. Less elegant is ‘a plant that is out of place’. Weeds can be beautiful and even edible, but have little place in a vegetable garden. Ordinary grass, if it creeps into the garden, becomes a weed, as does the young stalk of a forlorn tree or shrub. Some scientist define weeds as ‘wild flowers’ while others can’t define them at all, but know a weed when they see it.

WEEDS are the nemesis of all gardeners! Weeds are aggressive plants that have evolved to survive at all costs. They grow faster, under more stressful environments with fewer nutrients and in poor soil conditions than common garden vegetables, and harbor insects and diseases. If left unchecked, weeds will infest and take over your garden, choking out the friendly, delicate vegetable plants, depriving them of sunlight, water, nutrients and space. Weeds are the survivalists of the plant kingdom, and have been equipped by nature to dominate at all costs. In one experiment, a single acre of soil in Vermont contained over a BILLION weed seeds!

Weed seeds have an incredibly long life span, remaining viable for up to 60 years or more, and a single weed can produce as many as 250,000 seeds! NEVER put weeds into the compost pile, hoping that the heat of the pile will kill the weeds. Believe me, it won’t! Throw the weeds into the trash container, NOT the compost bin, and get them out of your garden and home area. Many weed seeds require a temperature of 175 degrees F to be destroyed, and some require 200 degrees F. That’s almost BOILING HOT, and your backyard compost pile will never reach these temperatures no matter what any composting experts will tell you. So forget ever trying to destroy weed seeds by composting them; it simply will not work for most home gardeners! When you have a dandelion or crab grass in your lawn, throw it in the trash, NOT the compost bin!

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