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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…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Fall Lawn Care

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SEEDING AND FERTILIZING THE LAWN NOW – “AM I TOO LATE?” Finally, Mother Nature has decided to be cooperative with us in our effort to take care of our lawns by giving us some good, old fashioned, soaking rains this past week. So many homeowners were holding off aerating, seeding, and fertilizing their lawns until…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Batty for Bats

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

October is Bat Appreciation Month. Bats have gotten a bad rap over the years from writers of horror fiction, but they are actually good guys. They are not only pollinators but an outstanding source of pest control. Here are some cool facts about these fellow mammals. Bats are the only mammals that fly. There are…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – One Secret to Finding Joy in Gardening

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FLOWERS ALL YEAR ROUND There are many joys with gardening. For many of us, the number one joy is being able to enjoy having color in our gardens or containers year-round. We are fortunate to live in a state (Zones 6 – 8) that is temperate enough to allow flowers to be planted and enjoyed…

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