Monthly Archives: October 2008

Dig Once, Plant Twice

Layered bulb-planting ensures a lively springtime display. Large crocuses and early Tête-à-Tête daffodils bloom together and can be planted in the same trench. Daffodil bulbs from half a dozen different mail order companies landed on my back porch, followed by … Continue reading

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Fighting Fruit Flies

It’s tempting to think of these pests as alien invaders, but they’re actually natives. Uncovered fruit bowls attract the swarm. Fruit flies win the “Most Annoying Pest” contest hands down. They live in the kitchen, crawling around and breeding on … Continue reading

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Where My Tender Plants Spend the Winter

It’s easy to see how this idea of overwintering tender plants indoors can quickly get out of hand. It’s easy to see how this idea of overwintering tender plants indoors can quickly get out of hand. The first year it … Continue reading

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Great Grape Juice

Steam juicer makes grape harvest fast, simple and delicious. Some of this year’s harvest, ready for juicing Long ago, I used to grow vegetables, but I don’t anymore. The problem: guilt. I felt bad for not using and preserving the … Continue reading

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Fall Deals at the Garden Center

If you’re thinking about adding or replacing any trees and shrubs in your yard, Fall is a great time to do it. If you’re thinking about adding or replacing any trees and shrubs in your yard, Fall is a great … Continue reading

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Growing Garlic

I tried it for the first time last fall, and it’s easy as can be. Garlic bulbs contain four to 12 cloves around a central stalk. When planted in the fall, each clove will form a new bulb that’s ready … Continue reading

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Easy Overwintering

Save treasured tropicals for next season’s garden. They’ll be bigger and better! Panache canna I used to save quite a few plants through the winter. I had dreams of plants that would be more grand and beautiful with each passing … Continue reading

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