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"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
~ Henry David Thoreau
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- Cut back perennials and rake area around them; leaving diseased or
insect-laden foliage can cause problems next year.
- Weed all areas and dispose of them in the trash (not the compost
pile) to discourage weeds in the future.
- When your annual plants have died back remove them. Add compost,
manure, lime and gypsum to the bed to enrich the soil for next year.
- Edge the grass along planting beds--one less thing to do next
- Plant early-spring flowering bulbs. Plant them in groupings instead
of rows; not only does it look more natural, but they will be less
susceptible to wind damage.
- Remove all faded flowers from plants like roses and hydrangeas, rake
up all leaves and tie up the branches. This will help protect your
plants from snow damage.
- Thin out about 1/3 of the oldest branches of flowering shrubs like
forsythia, lilac, spiraea and potentilla to promote better bloom and
a nicer shape next spring.
- Dig up tender bulbs, tubers and corms such as dahlias, canna lilies,
caladium and gladiolus. It’s a good idea to label them as to
type, color and height to make your life easier when replanting them
next spring. Sprinkle them with a rose and flower garden dust to
discourage insects. Store them where they will not freeze in paper
bags or boxes.
- Collect leaves to shred and add to the compost pile (if you don’t
already have a pile, now is a great time to start one).
- Clean up all fallen fruits to reduce disease and pest problems.
- Work weed-free steer manure or compost into asparagus beds.
- Dig up geraniums and bring them indoors for the winter.
- Clean birdbaths, fountains and clay and ceramic pots and move them
to a protected place for the winter.
- Move any garden statuary, garden signs and other patio decorations
to a protected place for the winter.
- Clean out your vegetable garden, disposing of all plants, weeds and
old veggies. For a great source of organic material next spring,
plant winter rye in the cleaned vegetable garden. In April, simply
cut the grass then till the remaining grass and roots into the soil!
- Start some pots of paper white narcissus for holiday forcing. They
make great hostess gifts!
- Fertilize the lawn one last time to prepare it for the upcoming
- If you are decorating with pumpkins, rub a little Vicks on them--this keeps the squirrels and chipmunks from feasting on them.
- Indian corn used as fall decorations can be protected from blue jays
by simply spraying with shellac or hair spray.
- Drain hoses of water, coil them and tie them together to prevent
them from being filled with ice.
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Pot Up Herbs For Winter Use
You don't have to make do with dried or frozen herbs just because it is winter. Some herbs, such as mint, chives, parsley, and marjoram, can be potted up to grow indoors or in the greenhouse for a fresh supply of winter leaves. The supply will be modest, but no less welcome.
- Mint is an easy plant to force indoors, or in a cold frame or greenhouse. Lift an established clump to provide a supply of roots to pot up.
- Be careful to select only pieces with healthy leaves (diseased leaves are common by the end of the season). You can pull pieces off by hand or cut them with a knife.
- Plant the roots in a pot if you want to try to keep the plant growing indoors for a month or so longer. Fill a 20-25cm (8-10 in.) pot three-quarters full with potting soil, then spread the roots out and cover with more soil.
- If you want a supply of tender fresh leaves early next spring, cut off the tops and put the roots in seed trays or deeper boxes, then cover them with soil. If you keep them in a greenhouse (or even a protected cold frame) you will be able to harvest new mint much earlier.
- Chives also respond favorably to lifting for an extended season. Lift a small clump to pot up. If it's too large, you should be able to pull it apart into smaller pieces.
- Place the clump in a pot of ordinary garden soil or potting soil, pat gently with hands, and water thoroughly. It should continue to provide leaves after those outdoors have died back, and will produce new ones earlier next spring.
- If you cut down and pot up marjoram, it will usually spring into new growth, provided warmth and light are right.
- Parsley is always a dependable winter herb if grown from a late summer or autumn sowing and kept on a windowsill.
Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights have that
familiar "nip" to them, it's time to prepare your
roses for the long winter nap to come. Here are the necessary steps
to tuck them in for the winter:
will be watering less than you were in the summertime, but continue
giving them sufficient water to keep them healthy before the
onslaught of winter.
Fertilizer is no longer necessary or desirable. You don't want
to encourage any soft, tender growth.
Treat only if you notice any damage.
Clean the area
Pick up and dispose of any fallen
leaves or old flowers. Healthy leaves can be used in the compost
pile, but do not use those that are damaged by insects or disease.
Do not prune
While you may continue cutting flowers to bring in the house, do
not cut the plants back severely at this time of year. Newly cut
branches will not be able to scab over before winter comes and will
lose moisture and die. Wait until spring to do any major pruning.
Leave the rose
These are the bright red fruits that
form where the flower used to be. They provide some vibrant color
for the fall garden and are also the plant's cue to begin
winding down for the winter.
Spray your plants
Anti-dessicants help protect them from
drying out in the cold winter winds.
Protect less hardy
Construct a 12" mound of
soil or mulch around the plant to give them added protection from
the cold. You can add an extra layer of protection by using a
Styrofoam rose cone.
Come spring, your roses should wake up from their winter dormancy
happy, healthy and ready to go!
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you're looking for a plant to provide color for the fall shade
garden, cyclamen is
a great choice. But cyclamen can do much more than that: even though
it is technically a bulb, it doesn't really act like one. What do we
mean? Aside from the fact that it does go dormant like most
bulbs, unlike most bulbs it will grow almost as happily in the
house as it does outdoors (providing a few simple rules are observed)
and it blooms for a much longer period, from fall through spring.
The appearance of the plant and its blooms is endlessly fascinating.
The leaves are heart-shaped and grow luxuriantly to form a dense
mound; these leaves can be mostly green or mostly silver with
beautiful contrasting markings. The profuse flowers that stand well
above this mass of foliage resemble graceful butterflies and come in
red, white, pink, lavender and bi-colors.
When planting your cyclamen outdoors, choose a shady to semi-shady
spot with good drainage. It is important not to plant them too
deeply; keep the top of the tuber slightly above the surrounding soil
(this also helps keep water away from the crown of the plant, which
can cause the tuber to rot). Feed regularly while the plant is
actively growing and producing flowers. As soon as the flowers begin
to fade, snap the stems off near the base of the plant; likewise
remove any dying foliage.
Consider planting cyclamen in groups of the same color or possibly
two contrasting colors. A great combination is red and white--each
color plays up the other to the greatest extent. Cyclamen are also
very effective in mixed container plantings with pansies or
ornamental kale or cabbage, possibly with some variegated needlepoint
ivy draping over the sides. If you want to leave cyclamen outdoors,
get hardy cyclamen. Florist's cyclamen is fine for indoors.
If you plan to bring your cyclamen in for the winter, be sure to lift
the plant before it gets too cold. Using a good-quality potting soil,
plant your cyclamen in a container a little larger than the rootball
of the plant (make sure your container has drainage holes). Place
your plant in a well-lit cool spot away from heater vents but out of
cold drafts. Cyclamen prefer high humidity during the winter, so
place your container in a tray full pebbles with some water in it (do
not let the pot sit in the water--the pebbles will help raise it up a
little higher). Keep the plant well groomed and continue feeding with
a liquid fertilizer.
When you are ready, after frost has passed, you can move your
cyclamen out to a shaded spot in the garden again. When the plant
goes dormant (most or all of the foliage will die down), decrease
watering; watering it too much at this time can rot the tuber.
If you have never tried growing cyclamen before, now is the time to
give it a try. We're sure you'll love it as much as we do!
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This recipe makes an incredible presentation and is quite tasty as well! Enjoy!
What You'll Need:
- 1 large pumpkin
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 medium onions, diced small
- 1 Granny Smith apple [peeled and diced small]
- 2 teaspoons of oregano
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 lbs. of acorn squash seeded, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
- 3 cups chicken broth (optional); substitute a vegetable broth if on vegan diet
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- pepper to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream
- chopped scallions for garnish
Step by Step:
- Remove pumpkin meat from pumpkin and discard seeds (or save them to roast).
- Put the pumpkin meat in a large bowl and set aside.
- Melt the butter and sauté the onions, apple and oregano with pumpkin pie spice for 7 - 10 minutes.
- Add the acorn squash and the pumpkin meat and sauté for another 5-10 minutes to ensure squash is softened.
- Stir in the stock (vegetable or chicken), along with the pepper and salt.
- Place on low heat for 20 - 25 minutes.
- When the squash begins to fall apart this is done.
- Using an immersion stick blender or food processor, blend until smooth.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In the pumpkin shell, add the cream and the purée.
- Bake for 30 35 minutes, covering the top of the pumpkin with foil.
- When ready to serve, garnish with scallions and serve the soup right out of the top of the pumpkin.
Hint: for a nice twist, serve with cheddar cheese grated over it.