How to Grow a Great Pumpkin

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One may think the timing on this blog is a little late, kind of like closing the gate after the cows have escaped but….since the spotlight is on pumpkins at this time of year, let’s talk about how to grow a great pumpkin and store this knowledge up for the spring. We may even do… Read more »

Why do Leaves Change Color?

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Our landscape is bursting with color right now. It’s full of yellows, oranges, reds, purples, and browns of deciduous trees – just check out Instagram or Facebook and your eyes will feast on the beauty of the changing leaves caught by so many of us on our cameras. The river valley, especially, gets a lot… Read more »

The Big Chill: Frost Damage & Why it Doesn’t Affect Fall Blooming Perennials

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As you walk through your garden after that first hard frost you see some plants with leaves hanging limp like wet laundry on a clothesline or like lettuce that had been sitting out of the fridge for way too long. Other plants look completely normal, unaffected by the escapades of Jack Frost the night before…. Read more »

Fall Cleanup 

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Autumn is a good time to enjoy the cooler days, to reflect on your garden’s successes, and to begin getting ready for winter.  Good fall prep gives a jump start to the next spring. Here is a checklist of things to do: Take Notes: What worked well? What things worked poorly? Cull out the underperforming… Read more »

Planting Tulip Bulbs

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Let’s start this blog off with a question. Where are tulips from originally? Nope, not Holland. They are actually from the mountains of Central Asia (the ‘stans’ – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), growing wild in Asia Minor (Turkey), and on through Siberia to China where the springs are cool and the summers are… Read more »