Frequently asked questions about Japanese beetles

Pyola and Neem oil can help protect plants from Japanese Beetles, especially if only small numbers are present. However, insecticidal soap, extracts of garlic, hot pepper, or orange peels are not effective. You can also cover some plants with a light weight fabric, like cheesecloth.

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Timing Blooms for The Shows

This subject is probably one of the hardest to explain and to write about, but I will attempt to do so anyway. One of the reasons why the dahlia is one of my favorite flowers is because, to a certain extent, I can control when they come into bloom.

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Topping and Pinching Guide

To grow show worthy Dahlias, you need to pinch unwanted growth strategically. We discussed this at the last general meeting and are putting it into action in the trial garden. Here are some notes and visual aids for your reference.

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2017 Fall Show Books – Bachmans

The Show Books are done and will be handed out at the Garden Tour and Picnic. If you cannot make it to this great event, contact the show chairman, John Kooiman, about getting a copy mailed to you. But to ensure that everyone has timely access, here is a pdf version that you can view on your computer. This version is not formatted to print as a booklet. It’s show time again and it’s going to be a busy year with our State Fair Show,...

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Order Your MDS Logo Wear – Deadline Extended to July 20th!

Logo Wear Order Deadline has been Extended to July 20, 2017!

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Planting Dahlias

What is the best way to plant show worthy dahlias? We discussed different approaches and practices at our last general meeting, and will now share what we actually did at the Trial Garden this year.

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