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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Carving the Perfect Pumpkin

Traditional Jack O' Lanterns are carved as simple faces, but many creative souls have taken the Jack O' Lantern to new levels of complexity. Searching the internet for 'pumpkin carving patterns' will yield a treasure trove of patterns for carving everything from your favorite cartoon character to your favorite political candidate into the side of a pumpkin. At first glance the more co...

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TLC for Landscapes this Fall

If I were a betting person, I probably could have won a lot wagering that we wouldn't have a frost by October 21 st . Surely it will get cold sooner or later. In the meantime we have a little longer to get our gardens and yards ready for winter. Trees and shrubs in the landscape have had a v...

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Extending the Growing Season

The 90 degree weather may have lulled us into a false sense of never-ending gardening, but Fall weather is finally upon us. As the temperature drops, many gardeners look for ways to keep their garden going just a little longer. If you are a vegetable gardener, it is possible to harvest some crops well into the winter months. Root crops like carrots, beets, and turnips can be left in t...

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One of the most common questions I'm asked this time of year is "What kind of mum should I plant that will definitely survive the winter?" I wish it was a simple answer. I used to think of chrysanthemums as a hardy perennial planted in the fall. My mom used to have a mum that was in our garden as long as I could remember. It was so reliably hardy, I grew up thinking all mums...

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