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Archives for November 28, 2015

December Gardening Tips from the Caldwell County Cooperative Extension

Plants in Flower
• Witch Hazel
• Indoors: Amaryllis, Cyclamen, Poinsettia

Plants with Colorful Berries
• American Beautyberry, Burford Holly, Chinese Holly, Foster Holly, Nellie R. Stevens Holly, Nandina, Pyracantha, and Washington Hawthorn.

• None needed on plants outside.
• Use wood ashes on your vegetable garden, bulb beds and lightly on your lawns if soil pH is below 6.0.
• Fertilize house plants as needed.

• After Christmas, plant live Christmas trees in the landscape. Keep these trees indoors no more than 14 days if you are gong to plant them outside.

• Prune berry producing plants if berries are desired in table arrangements over the holidays.
• Remove “weed” or undesirable trees from your landscape.

• None

Lawn Care
• Keep tree leaves from collecting on your lawn.

• Take leaf cuttings of your favorite house plants like African violets and begonia.
• Hardwood cuttings of your landscape plants like forsythia (yellow bells), flowering quince, weigela, holly and hydrangea can be taken this month.

Specific Chores
• Put pine needles or wheat/barley straw over your strawberry plants.
• Keep your living Christmas tree outside until you are ready to decorate. White pine is a type of living tree that will do well in much of North Carolina.
• Make a list of needed repairs on garden tools and equipment. Repair or have them repaired after the holidays.
• Shop around for garden products for your favorite gardener.
• Keep your cut Christmas tree in water throughout the holiday season.
• Order fruit trees and grape vines for February or March planting, if not already done.

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Sitting pretty: Alan Titchmarsh on installing a bench in your garden

There are those who will regard the next few months as closed season for gardening. The wellies are parked by the back door and probably won’t be dusted off until Easter, save for the odd walk to help digest the Sunday lunch.

What a waste!

I believe this is the ideal season for putting right those little niggles that have irritated you all year. In short, if your garden has bits that don’t work, you have a calm four months in which to sort them out.

For me, the back end of the year is a time for projects. While nature sleeps we have a chance to steal a march on her, so that when she wakes up the lie of the land has been adjusted to show her off to perfection.

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With more than 100 garden designs to suit every plot, taste and pocket, The Ultimate Garden Designer has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies worldwide … and is sure to contain your ideal garden.

In this fully revised edition of Tim Newbury’s classic, expert advice shows you exactly where to put your patio and plant your perennials. With a comprehensive plant directory, a vast selection of garden features, and more than 600 beautiful color photographs, plans and drawings, this book is the complete guide to the world of garden design. It’s the next best thing to hiring a professional.

Garden Planning, Clearance Sale

Author: Tim Newbury


Format: PBK

Weight: 1.89

Item Number: 6207

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Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer wins three garden design awards

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