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Week of December 7, 2020

Cut flowers will last longer when kept cool.Cut flowers will last longer when kept cool.

Clip evergreen shoots selectively for seasonal decorations.

Dig the hole for a live Christmas tree before the ground freezes. Store soil from the hole in a warm location for later planting and be sure to cover the hole to prevent injury.

To add color to the winter landscape, consider ‘Filifera’ Sawara Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis Pisifera ‘Filifera’). Threadlike foliage in shades of green to golden yellow cover Filifera and gives it a weeping effect. A standout in the winter garden, Filifer can grow up to 12’ tall, however, other varieties of falsecypress stay 3’-4’tall and wide. Thriving in moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to part shade, Filifera is hardy in zones 4-8.

The Aztecs used Poinsettia bracts to make a red dye for cloth.

Use an eggshell for seed starting this spring. Simply use a needle to poke a small drainage hole in the bottom of half an empty eggshell, fill the shell with soil and press in the seeds.

Improving the home landscape increases property value.


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