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Winter is closing in Fast It's getting to the time of year, when staying in bed a little later and staying indoors a little longer is far more appealing than venturing out into the garden and getting jobs done as the temperatures dip.
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Preparing for winter: Sweet peppers I finally got to completing yet another task that was long overdue : bringing in the Gypsy sweet pepper from my balcony garden. I've always thought of peppers as annuals, when in fact they are tender perennials that can be easily overwintered sometimes outdoors, but indoors for sure.
Winter Prep For Perennials Perennials are, arguably, the most popular landscape plants. One reason for their popularity is that they don't have to be replanted every season like annuals do. Even if they are cut back to the ground, they'll reappear in the spring. Another reason for perennials' popularity is the number of varieties available in the nursery trade.
Potential Realised and Unrealised But those apricots may or may not survive the next nor-west wind. The blueberries might be eaten by the birds before they ripen. The tomatoes could be hit by herbicide overspray. The beans might be stripped by hail. A thousand disasters might befall any of these plants and destroy their promise.
Hey Kale, Your Closest Relative is Crunchier, Yummier and Even Healthier. Oh, and Apparently It's Cool Again - Some Cabbage Love In fact, it's red cabbage if you really must know. As a kid red cabbage felt fancy to me. Only found in restaurants or at salad bars and for some reason, it always tastes sweeter.
2019 NFL Draft: Chargers projected to pick 29th overall after Week 10 Here's the current order for all 32 teams, courtesy of Draft Wire. The Chargers may not be able to select some of the best that this class has to offer early on like previous years. But fortunately, it screams talent on the defensive line. The interior defensive line will need an upgrade, especially with Brandon Mebane turning 34 years old.
North Georgia Candy Roaster Seeds North Georgia Candy Roaster were originally grown by the native Cherokee tribes residing in present day North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia, and were an important food source to these tribes, making them an excellent variety for the deep south.
Southwold and Aldeburgh Benches Are in Stock Now and Awaiting Your Order For anyone investing in garden furniture the Winter season is a brilliant opportunity to take time and select the best option to suit your needs.
Ground Rules Kate Frey - Timber Press - November 13, 2018 - 216 Pages. Goodreads - Amazon - BN. Just like the title says, author Kate Frey gives 100 of the easiest and most important lessons she’s learned in her many years of gardening.
A Chicken and Garden Report This year, I did not keep the lights on in the evening Of course, this means I only get 5-7 eggs a day from 22 chickens. BUT, I am happy because all of my chickens are starting to grow their feathers back. Here are some of them:. The white cochins:. Both of the Black Copper Marans are in full feather:.
The World Outside Today I spent a lot of time outside mowing the lawns, gardening, and generally puttering about in our section. It was a fantastic day and it was very nice to be outside and doing stuff. The only downside of this was that I got to see all of the things that remain to be done out there, and there is a lot of it!
Gardening Tips for Beginners If you've never gardened before, there is no time like the present. Here are six easy ways to get your hands dirty:. Do you love the idea of being able to take care of your own garden, but it seems every time you start one everything dies? The curse of the dreaded black thumb is all part of the process.
Veg In Review: 2018 Season Though there are still a few carrots and rutabaga in the dirt, I think its fair to say the growing season is over for most of us. That means its time to make heads or tails of it all and make notes for next year. Let's get to it! What Worked:. What Didn't Work:.
November Mustard and Cheese Wraps The horrible, hot humid weather lasted so long this year. Still, it was startling to see how quickly Autumn took over, greying the skies and laying the tall grasses of summer flat against the ground overnight. The bright early fall wildflowers are replaced by pale late blooming ones, and the honeysuckle vines are empty and brown.
Here's why you should avoid raking your leaves Dry, dead leaves might be unsightly to your neighbors, but they are a great wildlife habitat for a slew of creatures, according to David Mizejewski, a naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation. In the past, the NWF has reminded people there are benefits to letting leaves decompose naturally.
No longer longing for rosemary Last year, I was hopeful that the rosemary I had sown would grow. And indeed it has. but it needs to be moved from its current location, which is where the pond is going to be. So, now it is another plant in a pot, waiting for its new home to be ready.
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Hire Private Firefighters To Help Save Neighbourhood Homes During Wildfires In California Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are trying to save their home along with other houses in their neighbourhood, during the devastating wildfires blazing through California. As TMZ reports, the couple, who live at the end of a cul-de-sac that borders a field, have hired a private team of firefighters to save their entire block.
Gardens Abundant with Clams In the midst of this winter season, gardeners are already starting to think of spring and their upcoming garden plans. But for some gardeners, their thoughts are of a distinctly salty variety. In the Pacific Northwest, First Nations peoples of Canada have used clam gardens for generations.
The flowers that bloom in the Spring tra la. This time of year is lovely for flowers to cut for indoor display as well as having a lovely display in the garden. The irises this year are beautiful. I split the corms the year before last and so last year we didn't have many blooms. This year the blooms are much better.
Manuscript Rewrite This past week fairly flew by so here we are again. My garden is looking beautiful to me and it brings me so much joy; not to mention good food. It is exciting to see the tiny carrot and beet sprouts peeping out of the ground. While they are not as fast growers as the greens it is still wonderful to have them.
In a Vase on Monday - Leaf kebab anyone? This morning I was admiring the beautiful red stems being revealed on the lime trees as the leaves fall on my dog walk, so I snapped a few off. I thought that they would start the basis of my annual winter twig vase. Then I read Cathy's post, celebrating 5 years of IAVOM this week, with the challenge of NOT using a vase.
With winter, gardening goes indoors Nov 12, 2018 - Not only is it getting consistently frosty, we've had a string of wet days. Conditions haven't been ideal for gardening outdoors. But there can be a whole host of chores involving plants and dirt indoors. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy took a call from a concerned Christmas Cactus owner last week.
Gardens, craft fairs, and general holiday mayhem It's that time of year again when there seems to be more to do than time to do it in. My last craft fair of the year is this coming Saturday, my garden beds are a mess, and Thanksgiving is a mere 9 days away. Where to start?
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