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When planting bulbs, make sure the bottom of the bulb is in direct contact with the bottom of the planting hole. A gap can allow an air pocket to form and possibly cause the bulb to rot.
Long, long years ago when our colonists made their way across the ocean, they brought with them valuable things. One of those valuable things was the apple seed. From those seeds came so many different apple colors, textures and flavors, it's difficult today to make a choice.
When your toothbrush gets too spongy to clean your teeth, don't throw it out. A toothbrush works great for cleaning dirt from under fingernails and can be easily carted around in your back pocket when you're out in the garden or transplanting a potted plant. Fingernails appreciate softer toothed bristles and they don't ingrain the dirt.
It isn't a good idea to store firewood inside your home. Insects can come inside on the firewood and invade your entire house.
If you use metal plant markers, such as the popular zinc markers, include the plant information on the back of the marker, too. If the front fades or is damaged, the info on the more protected back side will still be readable.
Writing this month's article is a special treat for me, because I get to see and talk about things actually blooming. I do that in my other articles as well, so why is this one different?. You see, our outdoor gardens, right now, are buried under five inches of snow and counting. Winds are gusting up to 55 miles per hour. Roads are impassable. Blizzard conditions. Come on in where its warm, see what's blooming, and meet our November contest winner.
I can't talk of cabbage without mentioning sauerkraut, and I can't think of sauerkraut without remembering the Christmas I gave it all away.
These three trees are the staple of winter and holiday decor, however, they are often confused with one another. Viewing them side by side is a helpful way to see the differences.
For this house you'll need 1 " styrofoam or construction foam insulation available at Home Depot, decorative mini garland items, dark brown paint, and white latex caulk. Optional items: clear plastic for the windows, mini decorations and tiny battery lights.
Here's an idea for turning a large hollow Christmas ornament into a planter.
The addition of a splash of red to holiday greenery will brighten your holiday designs.
For easy homemade holiday decorations, collect items from your garden. Pine cones, pruned branches from evergreen shrubs or trees, holly branches with berries attached, and even grape vines are garden items that will work well for simple and easy projects.
If it will be more than 4 hours between the time you cut your fresh Christmas tree and the time you set it up in the tree stand, put it in a bucket of water in an unheated, sheltered spot like a garage or porch until you're ready to bring it inside. Cut a fresh "cookie" off the base of the trunk before placing it in the tree stand, so it can continue to take up water. No other additives are needed. Be sure to keep adding water as long as the tree is taking it up. It will absorb up to a full gallon in the first day.
If you have grapevines or wisteria that need a winter trim, here's an idea that your feathered friends will love.
Carry a small digital voice recorder with you when you garden, either in your pocket or with your tools. Make “voice notes” of important things to remember, or to do later, as these thoughts come to you. Schedule a time at the end of each day to transcribe your notes onto paper or type them into the computer. These recorders cost as little as $15, are small (generally about 4” tall, 2” wide, and 1/2” thick), and lightweight (less than 2 oz.).
Add a personal touch to a gardener's gift.
If you have a live Christmas tree, recycle it by cutting branches off and laying them in flower beds for mulch and bird cover.
30 minutes, clippers and access to some evergreen material is all you need to add a little bit of nature inside your home.
Mistletoe has often been considered a pest that kills trees as well as degrading and devaluing natural habitat. The plant has now been recognized as an ecological keystone species, playing "a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community, affecting many other organisms in an ecosystem and helping to determine the types and numbers of various other species in the community" (Wikipedia).
It's just an old well worn gardening hat that's seen many years.
Want to make your small garden look larger? Try using a color scheme that includes plants with mostly white blossoms and green leaves. Add some green shrubbery and a colorful accent plant as well. The green and white combination gives the illusion of more space. Add some curving paths. They will also trick the eye into seeing the space as larger than it actually is.
Historically all indoor winter decor was natural. With the invention of artificial greenery, Team Artificial was created. I'll even allow that some bat for both teams. Whatever the case for your family, come share your holiday traditions of decorating with us!
Be sure your firewood is untreated. Chemicals in treated wood can react with fire and will release toxins into your home.
Here are a few poinsettia care tips.
Judicious pruning around the garden can provide materials for holiday decorating.