Treat Your Garden to Compost
Fall is a time of transition in the garden. In cold regions, annual plants fade and the last of the deciduous leaves fall. In warm parts of the country, the summer garden makes way for fall crops. Regardless of where you live, debris from the yard and garden piles up and rather than discarding it and sending it to a landfill (which is banned in many places), it's a good time to build a compost... >>more
Coloring the Garden With Spring Bulbs
There's nothing like drifts of vivid flowers to awaken the senses in spring! Many years ago when I was a complete novice, the success I had with a couple bags of 'February Gold' daffodils gave me confidence and propelled me down the gardener's path. Bulbs provide a foolproof floral display that brightens gardens, feeds the drowsy queen bumblebees, and lifts the spirits. The bulbs we plant in fall are dormant perennials, and the cool, moist autumn soil awakens them from their dormancy so they can begin growing roots in preparation for... >>more
Moving Houseplants Back Indoors
My houseplants love their outdoor summer vacation. The bright light, fresh air, and quenching rains do wonders for their health. They grow more robust and get charged up for the rest of the year. Most of our houseplants are from tropical or desert areas where cold weather is rare, and they thrive in summer conditions that are similar to home. But sooner or later the fall nights get nippy. Since temperatures below 50 degrees can stress some tropicals, it's time to curtail the vacation and bring them... >>more
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October Q and A
Question: I have access to a huge supply of leaves, which I grind and store for mulch, and I use the "straw" from ornamental grass to keep down weeds on walkways ... >>more
October Gardening Tips