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Week of December 28, 2020

‘Profusion’ Beautyberry (Callicarpa)‘Profusion’ Beautyberry (Callicarpa) is a show-stopper in the winter landscape. A deciduous shrub with small, purple-pink flowers in the summer give way to abundant, long-lasting clusters of violet-colored berries that cover the branches in the fall. Thriving in full sun, Profusion Beautyberry is hardy in zones 5-8.

Misting houseplants to increase humidity doesn’t work well and may promote diseases.

Review this year’s pest and weed management efforts and make a plan for 2021.

Pruning oaks in winter may reduce risks associated with diseases and insects.

Got poor soil? Build raised beds and fill with quality topsoil and compost.

As you begin planning the vegetable garden for 2021, choose crops that you not only enjoy eating but also consider their requirements in terms of care. A single packet of seeds will inundate you with vegetables. Proper planning is important.

Keeping a pot of water containing a cinnamon stick and cloves over low heat on the stove will put fragrant moisture in the air to help both plants and humans breathe. Be sure to keep an eye out for evaporation and turn the stove off as needed.

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