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Week of January 11, 2021

National Houseplant Appreciation Day was January 10.National Houseplant Appreciation Day was January 10. A nice reminder that we don’t have to lose the freshness and vibrancy that plants bring to our homes just because winter is here and the holidays have drawn to a close. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of houseplants.

Before buying new vegetable seeds, gemination test any that are leftover.

Plant an oak for longevity, durability and beauty.

Agaves such as A. filifera, A. miradorensis and A. Victoria-reginae are good choices for window sill or tabletop houseplants. They love a sunny, south-facing window and a cactus potting soil mixture. Watering is required only approximately once per week and fertilize in the spring and summer only. Will produce offsets which can be removed and repotted in spring or summer. Agaves are an easy, low-maintenance houseplant.

Take inventory of seed starting supplies. Click here to learn more!

Location is a very important consideration when planning your vegetable garden. You will want to choose a spot in full sun. Full sun means a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight on the garden. More is even better!

The American Beech (Fagus grandiflora Ehrh.) is a very shade tolerant tree most often found in cool, moist locations in eastern woodlands. It is hardy to zone 4 and begins producing nuts when the tree is approximately 40 years old. The wild turkey, woodpeckers, blue jay, black-capped chickadee and tufted titmouse use the American Beech as a food source.

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