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Week of November 25, 2019

Sauté strips of roasted pepper in olive oil, minced garlic and thyme. Serve over pasta or rice. Delicious!

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Week of November 18, 2019

Place bird feeders in locations where birds can easily access them and you can enjoy watching them. Near a tree where they can seek cover, if needed quickly, is most favorable.

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Week of November 11, 2019

Both flowers and leaves of the herb, borage (Borago officinalis), are edible. Its star-shaped flowers turn from blue to pink as they age. Being an annual, staggering the seedling dates will offer longer bloom times.

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Week of November 4, 2019

Store lawn furniture and garden art that may be damaged by spending the winter months exposed to the elements indoors.

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Week of October 28, 2019

Don’t cut down hydrangeas with colored flowers or they won’t bloom in the spring.  You can cut of the flower heads for neatness.

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Week of October 21, 2019

Begin removing fallen leaves and garden debris that could harbor disease or insect pests.

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Week of October 14, 2019

Attracting honey bees an native bees as well as being a host plant for the eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) and the spicebush swallowtail (P. Troilus) butterflies, tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) has big, showy, yellow flowers in mid-spring making it a very attractive tree for the landscape.  The tall trees produce large quantities of nectar and serve as a much-needed, early food source for hummingbirds.  Thriving in full sun and average to wet soil conditions, tulip tree is hardy in zones 4-9.

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Week of October 7, 2019

Clematis in beautiful shades of yellow include ‘Aureolin’, ‘rehderiana’, ‘tangutica’, and ‘Bill MacKenzie’.

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Week of September 30, 2019

Let the seed heads of sunflowers dry on the stalk or cut them and hang them upside down in a dry, well-ventilated indoor location. Once the seeds have completely dried, rub them off the head by hand and store them in airtight containers.

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Week of September 23, 2019

Planning an addition of blueberry plants to the garden next year? Consider a site with well-drained soil and full sun. Test soil pH for an ideal 4.5-5.5. Amend the soil if needed which may take a year or two to accomplish before you plant.

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