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Week of August 30, 2021

 Harvest the bulk of the basil crop and make pesto to freeze for winter use.Harvest the bulk of the basil crop and make pesto to freeze for winter use.

Plant fall-flowering crocus.

Check apples for ripeness by taste testing.

Harvest carrots using a garden spade rather than by hand. Pulling them by hand often leaves you with a handful of leaves and no carrots. Place the spade approximately 4” away from the plants and push into the ground. You will be able to easily wedge the carrots out.

Fall is the best time to control broadleaf lawn weeds.

If you are looking for a clematis with the best red flowers choose ‘Allanah,’ ‘Crimson King’ or ‘Niobe.’

Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) thrives in wet, soggy soil and will grow to heights reaching 30’ – 50’. A very attractive tree in the fall, black gum’s brilliant orange and red foliage is complimented by its dark gray bark and blue-black fruit that is a favorite food for the birds. Black gum thrives in full sun in acidic to slightly alkaline soil and is hardy in zones 5-9.

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