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How to Propagate Orangic Mums

by Kimberly Hays October 24th, 2014 Organic Gardening
Chrysanthemums, generally referred to as mums, are probably the most popular fall flower. Because they love cooler weather and come in a variety of colors, they are great for adding color to your yard. They can also be cared for so that they will come up again next year if you make sure they are protected in the coldest months by covering them or bringing them indoors. They will grow full foliage the following spring and summer, but will not bloom until the weather starts to cool off again. You can also grow mums by propagating them from cuttings
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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

by Jessica B. October 17th, 2014 While every gardener might dream of having a well-tended perennial garden, this is a Garden Gotta Read! This book is a great tool for designing a garden that is self-sustaining and rewarding. I’ve been enjoying this book all September and it is full of great ideas for beginner and advanced gardeners. If you have ever looked for a manual for a great, easy to care for garden, this is it. I prefer it to doing all of my research on the Internet because I can thumb through it while
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Preparing Your Window Box for Winter

by Jessica B. October 23rd, 2014 Window Boxes
Window-Boxes The colder temperatures are starting to roll in and that means it is time to get your garden and window boxes ready for the winter. With a little preparation, you can make sure that your window boxes make it safely through winter and are ready for the spring! You don’t have to bring your window boxes inside, if you don’t want to, even if you don’t have a lot of winter flowers.

1) Get rid of dead plants – Make sure you get rid of all of your dead plants. Rip them up from the roots. If you are planning
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Grow Your Own Blackberries

by Jessica B. October 22nd, 2014 Edible Gardening, Fruits
Edible-Gardening I was always a bit hesitant to grow my own blackberries because, I have to admit, they have never been my favorite. But we have a lot of wild blackberries in our neighborhood and a few afternoons spent picking them with my kids I have learned that they LOVE
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Preparing Your Yard for Winter in the Rockies

by Kimberly Hays October 21st, 2014 Gardening Notes, North Central/Rockies/Pacific Northwest
Gardening-Notes Now is the time to get your yard prepared for winter so that you have a nice lush lawn and garden when spring arrives. It will soon be snowing, so you need to get these final preparations done now. It doesn’t require a lot of hard work, but it is necessary.

Leaves – Instead of taking the time to rake and bag leaves, simply mow them over with a lawnmower. They will become mulch and will decompose over the winter months. You can also run the lawnmower over a small pile of leaves to spread over your vegetable and flower gardens so that they also get the benefits of the mulch.

Last Harvest – If you have any peppers or tomatoes still on the vine, but they haven’t ripened, cut them from the plant leaving a little piece of the stem on them. Place them in a paper bag, and then
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