Sunday December 8, 2013
When I'm shopping for holiday gifts, I often pause at gift table displays to get ideas for hard-to-shop-for family members. Rarely do I purchase anything from these tables. Coin-sorting gadgets, heated slippers, singing key chains, and other gimmicky items rule. However, if someone on your shopping list gardens, you can never go wrong with garden gloves. You think, "But don't they have gloves already?" Having one pair of garden gloves is like having one good pair of socks. It isn't enough! I have several pairs of cheap jersey gloves, leather gloves, and nitrile coated gloves. My gardens are spread around my property, and I keep gloves close to each workstation. Putting on a new pair of gloves after a long, gloomy winter feels like a luxury. For more guidance on choosing garden gloves, see Marie Ianotti's article on choosing the best glove.
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Saturday November 30, 2013
If Black Friday has fried your brain, replenish your spirit with fresh flowers, whether in the garden or in the vase. Visit your local nursery to become acquainted with a new variety of poinsettia, cyclamen, or amaryllis. Gather a group of friends, and head out to one of these flower events this month:
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Tuesday November 19, 2013
Are flowers on your Thanksgiving shopping list? Pick up a simple bouquet of fresh sunflowers to give your dinner host as a gift, or grab three flower bunches in a complimentary color family to make mini arrangements that won't block the flow of conversation at the table. For more quick Thanksgiving flower arrangement ideas, check out this fall flower pictorial.
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Monday November 11, 2013
Some flower gardeners wish to reuse potting soil for economical reasons, but this can lead to stunted plants grown in soil depleted of nutrients, or plants that succumb to diseases or pests that over wintered in the soil. Remove all spent potting soil and dead plants from their containers, and add them to the compost bin. Don't add diseased plants to the compost bin.
Store all ceramic and terra cotta pots in a sheltered environment, preferably one that remains above freezing. When gardeners expose these pots to freezing temperatures, the moisture in the pores of the pots can expand, which causes the pots to crack. If a freeze claims one of your favorites, add a new garden container to your holiday wish list.
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