Should Lawns Be Cut Shorter In Fall?

Remember how refreshing the aroma of newly cut grass is when you mow the lawn for the first time each spring? Well, the old saying about familiarity breeding contempt probably applies to the mowing season. By fall, lawn mowing tends to lose its luster, aroma or not. What about the mowing height for fall, are…
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Which Perennial Flowers Should Be Cut Back In Fall?

I miss the smell of burning leaves in the fall. I’m not sure exactly why we used to pile them up and burn them. I guess to get rid of them, but leaves are a great source of organic material, either composted or rototilled directly into garden and flowerbed soil. Or they can be used…
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The Best Apple Varieties For Our Region

Deciding among apple varieties can be confusing. We all know what happened to Adam and Eve. They obviously chose poorly when deciding which apple tree to harvest. There’s a big difference in apples. Once America’s most popular variety, the Red Delicious apple is going the way of the buggy whip, sidelined by more flavorful types.…
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Harvesting And Storing Garden Squash

There’s something very satisfying about raising squash, potatoes, onions, carrots and other garden vegetables that keep for the winter. Maybe it’s a carryover from being raised by Depression-era parents. Having food in storage is comforting and reassuring. Gathering squash in the fall adds to the charm of autumn. Squash that store well are called “winter…
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When To Dig And Store Onions

Onions are the unsung hero of the vegetable garden. They quietly grow, taking very little space, never crawling all over neighboring vegetables, and they store all winter. Plus they’re one of the most-used vegetables in cooking. What’s a hotdish without onions? Here’s the when, where, and how of digging onions: Onions are ready to dig…
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