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Week of January 31, 2022

Cool flower and foliage colors, such as blue and purple, make a small garden seem larger.

Keeping peace lilies and philodendrons as houseplants help to purify the air in your home. These common houseplants help to remove benzene, ammonia and other toxic chemicals that are in the air.

Wear rubber gloves when cutting hot peppers.

Cut branches of pussy willow, forsythia, witch hazel and flowering quince on a seasonably warm day and bring them indoors. Put some water in a vase, add the branches and in just a short time … Spring!

Protect houseplants from cold drafts in the house.

When choosing to grow vegetables in containers, be sure to consider the need for daily watering. The small volume of soil in the container tends to dry out quickly in hot weather. As a result of frequent watering, leaching of soil nutrients often occurs. Consider incorporating a slow-release fertilizer into the soil mixture prior to planting.

Sow pansy and geranium seeds now.

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