Can You Just Mow Leaves And Quit Autumn Raking?

Raking leaves in the fall makes a wonderful Norman Rockwell picture. Years ago we could rake a pile of leaves and burn them in the corner of the yard. The unforgettable autumn aroma of burning leaves made the raking labor all worthwhile. But in-town burning is heavily frowned upon nowadays, easily inviting a visit from…
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How To Root Geranium Cuttings

Geraniums are fun to grow from cuttings, and the best time to take them is late August and early September. Rooting cuttings and growing them into garden-center style geranium transplants is not only exciting, but it saves money. Several years ago, Mary and I bought 8 geranium plants which we grew in planters during the…
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How To Bring Geraniums Indoors For Winter

What’s so great about geraniums? Well, if you took cheerfulness, contentment and good old-fashioned stability, and made a flower out of them, geraniums would be it. They’ve been around since great-grandma’s day and continue to be a staple in outdoor planters, containers and flowerbeds. Geraniums are one of our favorite flowers, and each year Mary…
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Perennial Asters For Brilliant Fall Bloom

When we think of fall-blooming perennials we often think of chrysanthemums. But mums aren’t the only pebble on the autumn beach. Perennial asters are often overlooked when planting perennial flowerbeds, which is unfortunate because they add great impact to the fall garden. Here’s the scoop on the perennial group called “fall asters:” Asters present the…
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How To Ripen The Last Tomatoes Of The Season

Jack Frost is such a kill-joy when he brings the tomato season officially to an end. We can gather all our old bedsheets and cover plants for a few nights, but cool temperatures just don’t ripen the last of the tomatoes. There are plenty of recipes using green tomatoes for “mock apple pie” and green…
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