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Get the dirt: beginner gardening tips

We’re so excited that you are thinking about planting! Maybe you’ve never planted or just planted a little bit.  Maybe you just bought a house and daydream of a flower garden by the white picket fence. Maybe you want tomatoes at your fingertips. Maybe you bought the dirt and think, now what? This page has tips and projects for beginners!

The biggest piece of advice for beginners is to start small. One mistake that first timers tend to make is planting too much and having enough to feed the neighborhood or more weeding than you want to think about. So start small and don’t get overwhelmed. Enjoy!


Growing tip: Fall Flowers—Mums & Annuals

Published in Get the dirt

Seize a cooler moment in August or early September to plant fresh flowering plants. Chrysanthemums star in the fall color show, but don’t overlook pansies, violas and asters.

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Growing tip: Fall Planting—Trees & Shrubs

Published in Get the dirt

From mid‐August to mid‐October air temperatures and warm, damp soil conditions promote vigorous root growth. A good rule of thumb: plant by Columbus Day weekend!

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Fall Frosts

Published in Get the dirt

Helping your garden survive a fall frost Predicting frost is a difficult thing. Cold air is heavier than warm air, so it settles into low lying areas. Within a neighborhood or even a single property, some areas may be frosted, and others untouched. Areas under trees and near the house gain a few degrees “extra” […]

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Growing tip: Holiday Plant Care—Fall & Winter

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Holiday plants light up the waning daylight hours of late fall and early winter. They represent an ancient tradition of honoring seasonal cycles and celebrations.

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Poinsettias

Poinsettias

Unusual colors and blooms to decorate your home for the holidays Run time: 02:10

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