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DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Shrubs with Winter Interest

By Doug Hensel
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FALL IS FOR PLANTING  –  HERE WE ARE IN THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER AND IT IS STILL A FANTASTIC TIME TO BE PLANTING. For most of us in this area, we have yet to have a killing frost. Our average first frost of the fall is around October 20. We have plenty of time…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Hardy Perennials With Winter Interest

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FALL IS FOR PLANTING — Just because it is now late October and we are beginning to have some cooler days and nights, it doesn’t mean your gardens or containers need to look lifeless now. KEEP PLANTING!!! Here is a list of my top 5 favorite perennials for winter interest. As you read my favorites…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why Bats Are Good For Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you know that October is Bat Appreciation Month? Horror writers over the years have picked bats to play the villains in some of their books but, in reality, they’re heroes in the garden! Interesting Bat Facts Here are some interesting facts about these fellow mammals. Bats are the only mammals that fly. There are…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Pumpkins Are Not Just For Pies

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

DECORATING WITH PUMPKINS AND OTHER EXOTIC GOURDS FOR THE FALL SEASON Now that fall has officially arrived with cooler temperatures, it is time to evaluate your summer annuals and summer container gardens. Let’s get your creative juices flowing again with fall flowers and colors for your landscape, patio, porch, and containers. So, what’s trending now?…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Bringing Our Houseplants Inside

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FALL IS OFFICIALLY HERE AND SO IS OUR COOLER TEMPERATURES Earlier this month, in my SEPTEMBER GARDEN TIPS, I mentioned that our weather is in the transition to shorter days and cooler temperatures and this is our signal to move all of our tropical plants indoors. We need to be serious about getting our tropical…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Peonies, The Most Beautiful Flower

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

“Roses, as big as cabbages,” said Marco Polo when he first saw peonies. Peonies are native to Asia, southern Europe, and the western United States. They have been cultivated in China for more than 2,500 years and are considered a symbol of good fortune. In Chinese, the word for peony is ‘sho yu’—meaning ‘most beautiful.’…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – October Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FALL IS FOR PLANTING!! Fall is in the air with shorter days and cooler temperatures. HERE ARE SOME KEY GARDENING CHORES TO BE WORKING ON THIS MONTH Keep in mind that our average first frost is around October 20. Right now our soil temperature is 62 degrees. Cooler days, timely rains and warm soils make…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Let’s Tiptoe Through the Tulips

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Everybody associates tulips with the Netherlands, but they aren’t native there. They’re actually native to the mountains of Turkey and Russia! Tulips were imported to the Netherlands from the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. With Europe coming out of the Dark Ages, people were looking for the new, beautiful, and unusual. Tulips really fit…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Organic Lawn Care Tips

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SO MANY HOMEOWNERS WANT TO STOP USING SO MANY CHEMICALS AROUND THE HOUSE Are you thinking of becoming more environmentally friendly when it comes to lawn care this fall? Good thinking! The time has come for all of us to think about what we are doing to our environment when it comes to the use…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Is Here! What Your Houseplants Need Now

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Tomorrow, September 22, is the Autumnal Equinox. The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. On this day, day and night are of equal length. From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21, the hours of dark will be longer than hours of daylight.  Right now, our day length…

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