fall

THE MUMS ARE COMING! THE MUMS ARE COMING!

Versatile Mums When fall arrives, it’s hard not to regret the passing of all the summer blooms we love so much. But take heart, because the fall garden offers all the summer flower shapes from just one plant, the chrysanthemum (otherwise known as mums). Hundreds of types provide a huge variety of colors and bloom

Not All Cabbage (or Kale) is for Eating

Have you noticed that decorative cabbages and kales are terrific alternatives (or additions) to mums for fall plantings? And, although they are edible, they aren’t as tasty and tender as their cousins.

Plant Garlic Now for Flavor Next Summer

Garlic adds spice to the garden and potent flavor for your summer meals. Fall (after the first frost) is the perfect time to plant garlic for your summer harvest. A sunny, well-drained garden amended with compost provides ideal growing conditions.  Water until the weather stops you, then start again after the snow melts in the

Wild Garlic or Wild Onion?

Which one do you have in your lawn or garden?            Wild Garlic                                         Wild Onion Both are perennial, spread by seed, bulb, and bulblet. Wild garlic has 2–4 long narrow leaves that

Got Leaves? Make Compost!

Composting is a way of enriching your garden at little or no cost. What to Compost: food scraps, no meat or dairy. Leaves and yard waste no large branches or sticks. Add Ringer Compost Plus All Purpose Compost Maker. For faster results turn your compost every two weeks to aerate your pile and keep in

How to properly store your Dahlias over winter…

The Dahlia root should be dug up immediately after the frost has killed the foliage. When digging, lift the tubers carefully from the ground so they do not break. Carefully pull the soil away from the roots. Allow the tubers to dry out in a garage or dry basement for a few days. Then cut

It’s time to fertilize your trees, shrubs & perennials

Late fall is the time to fertilize your trees, scrubs and perennials. When the ground becomes cold your plants will turn dormant. The cold temperatures will allow the nutrients to be held in the soil all winter. They will work their way down deep into the root systems of your plants. As the weather begins

Eating pumpkins has health benefits!

They are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help prevent cholesterol buildup in blood vessels. According to Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, pumpkins can help prevent or alleviate certain conditions, such as depression, kidney stones, cataracts, skin damage from the sun, and enlargement of the prostate gland. The best pumpkins for cooking and