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Reeves: Field Day Set, Landscape Design class and the change of season – Longview News

With the introduction of cooler days, October brings out the ol’ gardening urge and the desire to join nature out of doors.

With the approach of cold weather, repot overgrown pot plants to allow them time to become re-established before overwintering indoors. Include peat moss or a similar organic material in your potting soil to insure good drainage and to avoid compaction. Plants with overcrowded root systems are often retarded in growth.

Place newly potted plants in a shaded garden bed and water often until the plants are once more established. Plan to bring plants indoors by late October before frost and in time to allow the plants to adapt to their new environment before winter.

Groom potted plants by cutting away overgrown, damaged and dead foliage, which will encourage new growth and a healthier, more attractive plant.

Be prepared for falling leaves by preparing a compost heap. Locate the compost heap or bin in an out-of-the-way area, yet convenient to the gardening area. Prepare a frame of wire or boards to accommodate leaves and other vegetative material as it becomes available.

With occasional sprinklings of water, barnyard manure or commercial fertilizers, you can have an excellent gardening soil come spring. Some leaves take longer to decompose such as the large sycamore and magnolia foliage. Pine needles often pack and need turning more often.

Get the lawn grass in shape for winter. Annual winter ryegrass seed may be sown in mid-October. Apply 6 to 8 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet. Sow the seed evenly, and water to allow seed settlement into soil or grass. If annual ryegrass is to be sown over turf, mow the grass before planting the seed.

Tall fescue grass may also be seeded in October at the rate of 8 to 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn area. Plant breeders have developed more heat tolerant varieties of this more northern permanent lawn grass. Varieties such as Falcon, Rebel, Fawn and Mojave have finer texture, dark green color and better heat tolerance. Tall fescue is best grown in shade and will provide a permanent green lawn year round. This grass does demand heavy summer watering.

Make plans now to control scale insects on camellias, sasanquas and gardenias in October as days grow cooler. Camellias and sasanquas will soon be in flower. Most scales are on the underside of the foliage, thus careful attention must be given to apply insecticides such as Cygon beneath the foliage.

This season is the time to divide and transplant bearded iris, daylilies, violets and liriope and order spring bulbs for an October and November planting. It’s also time to:

  • Mulch for winter protection

  • Give the hedge a final close clipping before winter

  • Clean and repaint lawn furniture for storing over winter

  • Dig and store gladiolus and caladium bulbs

  • Select colorful potted mums

‘Estimating Your Timber’

Just a reminder that the Gregg County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee will host a timber field day Oct. 20 at the Griffin Ranch in the Kilgore area.

Topics that will be discussed will include estimating tree value and volume, preparing for sale, marketing and harvesting operations.

Lunch will be served .

Participants will need to call the Extension office at (903) 236-8429 by Monday to let us know you will be attending. We will also be offering one credit hour toward any Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license as well.

For information, including a map to Griffin Ranch, go to http://counties.agrilife.org/gregg/files/2017/06/Timber-2.pdf .

Landscape Design Course set

The Gregg County Extension office will co-sponsor a two-night Landscape Design Course for homeowners who would like to plan and design their own landscapes.

The hands-on workshop will be 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 14. Registration deadline is Oct. 23.

Allison Reeves will discuss basic principles of landscape design on Nov. 7, and Greg Grant will discuss plant materials in the landscape on Nov. 14.

Reeves, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, has a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a bachelor’s degree in geography. Reeves spent three years on the Design Review Board for a large residential development in Fort Worth, reviewing and providing feedback on landscape plans for new homeowners. Additionally, she worked on residential projects across North Texas and Central Texas.

Greg Grant, the Smith County horticultural agent. He is a former lecturer in the School of Horticulture at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is also co-author, with William C. Welch, of the “Southern Heirloom Garden” nd a regular contributor to Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine.

For information, including the registration form, go to; http://counties.agrilife.org/gregg/files/2017/06/landscape-3.pdf.

— Randy Reeves is a Texas AM AgriLife extension agent for Gregg County. Join him on his horticultural blog with the Longview News-Journal.

Article source: https://www.news-journal.com/news/2017/oct/15/reeves-field-day-set-landscape-design-class-and-th/

Dahlias make yet another triumphant comeback – thanks to social media

When they’re established, Wallington recommends planting them out in mid-June, once all risk of frost has vanished, and feeding them with high-potash feed, such as tomato feed, once the first buds appear. Some varieties will still be flowering when the first frost hits, which will kill the plant above the soil, but sends the tubers below into dormancy and signals the time for them to be uprooted, shaken off and left somewhere dark and cool inside.

You can, Wallington adds, “leave some tubers in the ground or in pots, and they’ll be fine if they’re sheltered. They’ll also come back much stronger.”

For more urban gardening, follow Alice on Instagram.com/noughticulture

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/how-to-grow/dahlias-make-yet-another-triumphant-comeback-thanks-social/

As the gardening world embraces native plants, a city plot undergoes its own evolution

“Holy cow! I think it’s a monarch,” Barbara Downs says as an orange-and-black butterfly flicks across her mature Georgetown garden. “We have lots of swallowtails, but I think it’s a monarch.”

The excitement of this experienced gardener is clear. Little by little, for nine years, she has been adding native plants to be ecologically responsible and to attract birds and butterflies that have lost much of their habitat through pesticides.

Downs, 74, whose garden has been featured on several Georgetown Garden Tours, is not alone in her effort to plant more natives. “People used to say, ‘What’s a native?’ ” says Kirsten Johnson, president of the Maryland Native Plant Society. Founded in 1992, its membership has increased dramatically since then as plant nuts — everyone from backyard gardeners to nursery owners — have championed plants native to their regions.

“We used to be happy if eight people showed up for our field trips,” Johnson says. “In the last five years, we’ve had to limit the numbers on our 50 trips. They often fill up within 24 hours.” Now, she says, most gardeners not only know what a native is, but they also know that deer, development and invasive species (such as kudzu and porcelain berry) are the three major threats to them.

Downs, an artist and community volunteer, is a case in point. In 1988, when she moved from one Georgetown house to her current 1905 Georgetown townhouse, she asked a former neighbor and landscape architect, the late Jim van Sweden, to design her front and back gardens. “I was impressed that his gardens needed no pesticides,” she says. His Washington-based firm, Oehme, van Sweden Associates, pioneered the forward-thinking New American Garden style, which champions four seasons of garden interest. The firm eschews lawns in favor of swaths of perennials and grasses. When Downs’ gardens were installed in 1992, the New American Garden look was at the cutting edge of design.

Originally, the gardens were filled with sun and included several natives, including leatherleaf viburnum, bottlebrush grass and oakleaf hydrangea bushes. “I look forward to that hydrangea’s dark red leaves each autumn,” she says. The beds in front remain sunny, and Downs has replaced a Chinese witch hazel with a native witch hazel that shows persimmon-edged leaves before they drop. To this mature, streetside area, she has added the deciduous shrub summersweet: fragrant in bloom, attractive to butterflies and golden in its fall foliage.

In the long, 1,600-square-foot garden behind her den, two neighboring trees — a mulberry and a native river birch — gradually turned the area shady. Downs used the changing condition to introduce native plants and trees. “They make everything so much more interesting,” she says. With them, she has gained a new plant palette, and those plants have added texture to her layered and painterly garden.

“It’s all about texture. I like a relaxed look,” she says, standing in the middle of a garden so densely planted that no mulch is needed, only an occasional dressing of organic soil conditioner to keep the earth from becoming compacted. “Natives also bring more life,” she adds.

“Native plants increase the food chain and the web of life,” Johnson explains. “People love to see the butterflies [they attract], and birds feed on their caterpillars.”

In Downs’ garden, birds flock to the berries on the summersweet in front. Behind the house, they enjoy berries of a dogwood, the leatherleaf viburnum and an American cranberry bush. A deciduous mountain witch alder (Fothergilla) stands almost four feet tall, with burgundy fall foliage and fragrant spring, bottlebrush-like flowers that draw butterflies and birds alike.

For a decade, Downs has used Sheila Brady, vice president of Oehme, van Sweden Associates, as her landscape architect. Brady was the lead designer of the Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, which opened in 2013 with about 73,000 plants representing 454 different native species. Brady says she and Downs are passionate about including natives, “and we understand that by doing so, we simultaneously support wildlife and biodiversity. We wanted to select the right plant that fits contextually, ecologically and aesthetically.”

Shade-tolerant natives now punctuate a long, curvilinear stone path, whose year-round focal points include classical sculpture and a bubbling, millstone-shaped pink-granite fountain filled on an autumn day with robins. These undulating borders include American ginger, foamflower, coral bells and various ferns, such as feathery lady fern, as well as marginal shield fern and Christmas fern, both evergreen for winter interest in this city garden.

“I’m trying to replace the Liriope with Iris cristata [dwarf crested iris] as an edging plant,” Downs says, “also Carex plantaginea [seersucker sedge], both great textural plants.”

Another tree event is bringing further opportunity. The neighbors’ towering Southern magnolia recently came down, so sun-loving natives are a new option for Downs. Topping her list are the Virginia bluebells she admires at the nearby Volta Park, where she and her Georgetown Garden Club have been involved and which sports natives such as inkberry, bloodroot, coneflower and false indigo.

When contemplating future natives for Downs, Brady says, “As we add plants over the years, we will be careful to maintain the sense of mystery in the garden — when you look out the window or wander along the steppingstone path, it’s not clear what’s beyond the fountain; boundaries are blurred.”

Any addition would only further the mystery of this multilayered garden, increasingly enriched by the beneficial insects, birds and butterflies its native plants support.

Article source: http://www.scnow.com/living/arts_and_leisure/article_11efac2c-af56-11e7-a291-7b5fc4105482.html

Fall plant sales just in time for cool-season gardening

Southern California’s botanic gardens and arboretums are more than lovely places to stroll; a few times a year they sell a wide variety of plants you can buy for your own yard. Mid-October is prime planting time, so ready your soil and check out these sales that extend into November.

Oct. 21-22

35th Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Garden fall plant sale

Cactuses, succulents, wildflowers, native plants, trees, house and shade plants, even cool-season vegetables … UCR’s Botanic Garden sale has just about everything. The list of plants is available online. Master gardeners and other vendors will sell edible plants and offer classes. Admission to garden $5 donation; once inside entry to the sale is free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 22. 900 University Ave., Riverside; follow signs to the garden. Info: UCR Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale

Places of memorial, community

It’s often been said that cemeteries were created for the living, not the dead. And while visiting the dead is one aspect of the cemetery, people tend to find other reasons to come.

At Lindenwood Cemetery along Main Street, runners and walkers pass peaceful rows of historic and ornate headstones. Families on bikes pedal along roads that wind around the grounds that are filled with beautiful gardens and landscaping, including mature trees now turning fall colors and dropping their leaves.

The cemetery indeed offers a quiet sanctuary for many city residents and has become a place for both memorials and community activity.

“When the cemetery was first founded in 1860, that was what the cemetery was,” saysThomas Pehlke, general manager of Lindenwood, referring to its community use. “It was park-like areas. People would have picnics and walk the grounds.”

Pehlke says Lindenwood sees runners and walkers every day.

On a recent October evening, Emily Napier of Kendallville, a student at University of Saint Francis, is running through the cemetery. She says she enjoys running through thecemetery in the fall because “it is really pretty.”

She has been using the cemetery to run in for the past month, since she returned to school for the fall semester. In addition to enjoying the peaceful setting and beautiful paths, Napier says she also uses the time to pray when she passes the baby section of the cemetery and whenever she sees a family visiting a grave.

Pehlke says the cemetery also has school systems bring in kids for classes and projects and has even had weddings.

“We enjoy seeing that happen,” he says. “We like to be a part of the community.”

The cemetery has become a go-to place for community events, including the Galloping Gobbler, which happens every Thanksgiving and is in its 15th year, as well as history events with ARCH and the History Center and Civil War re-enactors.

Lindenwood was created when the city cemetery on Broadway became too small, Pehlke says. City leaders bought the land where Lindenwood is now located and all thegraves were transferred there – that is except for one. Gov. Samuel Bigger’s grave is still inMcCulloch Park because his family could not be located togain approval for relocation.

Pehlke says the 175-acre cemetery has more than 70,000 burials and there is still a lot of room. Most of the founding fathers of Fort Wayne are in the cemetery, and it is the final resting place for hundreds of Civil War veterans. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pehlke, who has been with the cemetery since 1979, has seen a lot of changes. Most of that is the community involvement and the public’s use of the cemetery grounds.

“I think that part of it is the history; … a lot of it is having a place to have away” from the city.

Karen Lonergan, pre-planning director at the Catholic Cemetery, agrees.

“I really think it’s the shift in the appearance of cemeteries,” she says about people’s increased interests in using the cemetery. “It used to be kind of barren and off the beaten path.” Now, she says, the cemetery boasts beautiful gardens, flowers, landscaping, benches and modern headstones have more interesting designs.

The Catholic Cemetery, which was created in 1873, sees walkers every day. It too is used by local schools and for such events as marathons. In addition, the cemetery sees many people coming in to research their genealogy and family history. Lonergan says the cemetery sees at least one or two people every day who are conducting research.

“There’s such a focus on genealogy; I think that has driven people to cemeteries,” she says.

No matter what reason people are coming to the cemetery, even if it is to get away from it all, Lonergan says they are welcome.“We encourage families to come in and spend peaceful time.”

trich@jg.net

Article source: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20171015/places-of-memorial-community

University of Oklahoma’s chrysanthemum gardens are in full bloom for homecoming

NORMAN — The chrysanthemum gardens on the University of Oklahoma’s Van Vleet Oval are in full bloom, depicting OU’s logo and the words Oklahoma and Sooners in deep red and white.

The short-lived dramatic display is the culmination of work that began in late March, when 1-inch plugs were purchased and placed in a greenhouse to grow until they were ready for planting in gardens in June.

Football fans flocked to the gardens Oct. 7 to view the annual display. “They just seem to love it,” said Allen King, OU director of landscape and grounds. “Everybody was dressed in red and white and taking pictures with their kids.”

The blooms are at their peak for one month to six weeks each year during football season. An especially large number of admirers are expected for homecoming Oct. 28.

It’s a tradition that will live on thanks to an endowment by the late OU alumnus Morris Pittman.

“We can even have this garden (display) when we’re going through hard times,” King said. “We work off the interest so it will always be there.”

Critical care

Landscaping specialist Angel Mejia and his crew prepared the ground before the planting and mark the beds so each 1-foot grid of the design is positioned correctly.

During the first two weeks after planting Mejia checks the plants twice each day as they become established. They are watered twice daily and fertilized every other day.

“It’s critical for those baby plants coming out of the greenhouse,” said Mejia, who oversees the entire operation.

Even with all the tender loving care, some of the baby plants don’t make it, so he keeps a couple hundred spare plants in the greenhouse.

Some plants don’t survive weather conditions. Others are stepped on by children or dogs running through the gardens.

“It’s going to happen, so we always have some spares to replace them with,” Mejia said.

Lighting also is critical, King said. The streetlamps surrounding the South Oval are covered on the side facing the gardens because their light will hinder blooming.

In June, the plants “look like dots in the ground, and you watch them develop,” King said.

“You put all this time and work in, and you get this reward,” he said, standing before the gardens in full bloom.

“It pays off in the end,” Mejia said.

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Article source: http://newsok.com/university-of-oklahomas-chrysanthemum-gardens-are-in-full-bloom-for-homecoming/article/5567890

Local Gardening Column: Take care when dividing perennials

As perennials grow, they send up new shoots and roots around the original plant.

The new growth competes for resources and causes the plant to weaken over time. You might notice fewer flowers, stunted growth, or even die-back. Some perennials will develop a hole in the center of the plant, causing the entire clump to die.

When: As a general rule, most perennials benefit from division every three years. The time varies from plant to plant. Watching the plant’s behavior is the best rule as to when it needs division. Spring or fall is the best time to divide your plants. A good plan is to have your dividing done at least 6 to 8 weeks before the ground freezes.

How: It really depends on the root system. Most of the more popular perennials grow by spreading root systems that fan outward from the original crown of the plant. These are easy to divide but may require a strong hand to pull the divisions apart.

Start by loosening the soil around the entire plant and lift the whole clump from the ground. Use a garden fork, spade or garden knife to cut or break apart pieces of the plant. Don’t worry about being rough with the plant; most perennials recover well. Trim back the foliage to four to six inches and then replant a division, move divisions to another spot, or pot them up to overwinter or share with friends.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County has an excellent fact sheet on when and how to divide many different perennials, including those with unique root systems and those which prefer to be left alone. Visit chemung.cce.cornell.edu for information; or call our Oneida County CCE Horticulture Hotline at 736-3394 for advice and guidance.

Rosanne Loparco is a master gardener volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. Look for more gardening tips in the Observer-Dispatch or online at www.cceoneida.com.

Article source: http://www.uticaod.com/news/20171014/local-gardening-column-take-care-when-dividing-perennials

Make your home Diwali-ready


Lighting is the key
Says celebrity interior designer Ashiesh Shah, “Use lighting at different levels and heights. Use candles and fairy lights in innovative containers. This is a great example of upcycling.”

– Lampshades:
Use a small cardboard box or packing material to make your own unique lamp. Cut-outs in interesting shapes with a bulb hanging inside looks amazing. Get paper lanterns and hang them at corners.

– Mirror-work mural:
Make some artwork with mirrors in different shapes and sizes and it can stay on in your home all-year round.

– A festive mantel:
Decorate the mantel or the main space in your living room with a candle decoration. The dining table can be decorated with flowers and candles too.

– Set a festive table:
On Diwali eve the dinner table should be set with heirloom cutlery. Spread a colourful table runner. Have some decorative candle sticks around the dining area.

– Dress it up with gota pattis:
Gota pattis are a cheap and easy way to add glamour. It helps trim the space. Add gota pattis to curtains, table linen, throws etc. Or simply have a glitter wall. It will display the light beautifully.

– Use old elements and decorate them with flowers
. “Bring out the traditional Kerala urli; fill it with water and flowers. It immediately sets the Diwali mood,” says Shah. Pepper the room with some festive silk cushions and throws to add drama to your existing furniture. Layer the floor with rugs. Silk cushions luxe up the look immediately, also use lots of mirrors. Add an unconventional frame.

– Glass bottle lights:
These add a whiff of romance. Find unused, empty glass bottles and place a candle or light strings inside to immediately brighten your room.


Aroma it up:
Spray some flower power in the air. Light some soy candles that add a distinct Diwali aroma to your home.

– Glitter it up with rangoli:
Use either rangoli colours or glitter. Get innovative with designs. Add diyas, candles, flower petals, real plants, small lamps to bring your rangoli to life.

– Flower and plant hangers:
Make your own Diwali decor instead of buying the same old garlands. Flower hangers provide a festive touch to your home decor during Diwali.

– Candles to brighten up a spot:
One of the simplest decoration methods is candles. Plain candles with a slight aroma make a wonderful decorative item. Paint plain glass candle holders in different colours.

Diya and floral stairway:
Hang some interesting floral decoration in the staircase with a colour theme. It will give your signature style to usher in guests with a happy vibe. Use tealights all over the house to exude a warm glowy feel.

– Use a bold colour theme:
Using colours from a palette of red, fuchsia and gold create a perfect Diwali mood at home.

– Every room can use a festive touch,
whether you have a traditional or contemporary one. Customise with what you like.

– Chandeliers:
If you have a fancy chandelier, decorate it with some flowers in red. It will add a unique, colourful touch to the room when you switch the lights on.

– Classy cutlery:
Take out your heirloom cutlery and have your tea, snacks and meals in it. Festive season is the time to indulge yourself even while having that first cup of tea.

– Go bright with bedspreads:
Be it curtains or bedspreads, go for bright colours. It will make your home glow.


Feng shui tips


– Clean the family altar or the space which you most often use.

– Place sea salt in the four corners of the home in a container for 48 hours, collect and wash them with your hand. The sand absorbs negative chi that was present in your home.

– Cleanse your home with crystal salt and a drop of diluted yellow turmeric while mopping the floors to re-energise the quality of chi.

– Use Frankincense aroma powder or granules and allow the smoke and aroma to move in and around your home to cleanse the crevices of negative chi.

– Declutter the place where you keep your valuables and place a amethyst crystal.

– Activate the south- east corner of the living room with healthy green plants or a water feature to usher in prosperity.

– Bring in a potted Peace Lily plant and place it at the east side of your living room or balcony, for growth.

– Floral arrangement in the foyer close to the main door, or purple flowering plants, will garner wealth chi.

– Crystals and figurines of birds in the north-east side strengthen relationships.

– Turn on bright lights at the centre of your home.

— SBS Surendran, Fengshui expert

Article source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/home-garden/make-your-home-diwali-ready/articleshow/61064161.cms

This week’s gardening tips: how to prevent bird damage on citrus trees and control whitefly

November through February is the ideal season for planting hardy trees, shrubsground covers and vines into the landscape. That’s also a great time to plant hardy fruiting trees, shrubs and vines, such blackberries, blueberries, apples, persimmons, figs, peaches pears, grapes and plums.

Article source: http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2017/10/this_weeks_gardening_tips_prev.html

Winter Garden Planning Tips – Visalia Times-Delta – Visalia Times

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The weather is crisp and refreshing, the sun is still brightening our afternoons.  It is the time of year gardeners dream about. 

With little energy, our demonstration gardens at the nursery have become rejuvenated with fresh foliage and autumn blossoms.  We just finished replanting edibles in our Children’s Garden and there is something so composted and poetic about a cool season vegetable garden. 

Lettuces, cabbage, broccoli, chard, all have a beautiful color pallet and growth habit.  It’s almost too pretty to harvest and eat. 

More: Master Gardeners: Tips for your October garden

Add fall color to your garden

Potted plants bring beauty to gardens

The many shades of salvias

Take advantage of this perfect fall weather and begin your landscape and edible garden projects.  While the soil is still warm get trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs in the ground so their roots can become established before the chill of the winter sets in. 

Most think of fall as the closure of fruits and vegetables grown in the backyard, but your cool season vegetables provide an abundant harvest with little additional work or water because of this season, you have weather on your side. 

What to Plant

Citrus: Fresh oranges and lemons add zest and fragrance to your home.  Planting your new citrus now will allow them to become acclimated and store up energy for their fruit production.  Citrus is frost tender so give them protection during the nights when there is a frost warning.  You can control the size of your citrus trees by pruning them regularly.  Look for “dwarf” or “semi-dwarf” varieties which have a slower, more compact growth habit.  We have dwarf citrus trees in the center of our vegetable beds to aesthetically add height to space and cast a little shade for herbs during the summer months. 

Favorites: 

  • Kumquats.  Bright, cheerful, grape size orange fruit make a welcoming display to potted arrangements, flower beds, and floral bouquets. 
  • Meyer Lemons.  These are actually a cross between a regular lemon and Mandarin orange.  You can enjoy their fruit winter through spring.  The presence of the Mandarin orange in this variety removes some of the tangy quality that most lemons have.
  • Herbs: The season of cooking will quickly be upon us.  Having a stock of convenient, portion ready staple herbs at your fingertips will complete your culinary creations.  I like to make a roll of herb butter with garlic, rosemary, oregano, thyme and sea salt and keep it in my freezer for continual use.  I add chunks of it to vegetable dishes, meats, and sauces.  It’s easy to make and adds depth to your plates. 

In the winter months, it is best to have some simple potted herb gardens near your back patio for easy access.  Keep them undercover to protect from the frost. 

Greens: My favorite part of cool-season gardens is the abundance of sweet, fresh greens to add to your salads.  We have a variety of six packs, already sprouted and ready to go in the ground.  Don’t skimp on the greens.  Plant an assortment of varieties to adorn your dishes throughout the season.  You can have a beautiful array of color and flavor profiles available in your garden that you cannot find in the grocery store.  Simply harvest your lettuce varieties by trimming off the outer, mature leaves as you need them. 

Favorites:

  • Arugula.  This peppery leafy green adds a subtle spice to salad dishes.  Delicious as a garnish to red meats or mix with pungent cheeses balanced with berries for a holiday salad. 
  • Swiss Chard.  A brilliant display of color in the garden and the kitchen.  Bright yellow, red, or purple stems liven up the space.

What to plant now: lettuce, kale, arugula, spinach, endive, chard, and cabbage. 

Brassicas

Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and broccoli raab round out this category of cool-season edibles.  The leaf color and texture of these plants add a unique contrast within the landscape.  Not to mention their diverse culinary attributes.    

Favorite:

  • Colorful Cauliflower and Broccoli.  This year we have a beautiful assortment of unique varieties of cauliflower and broccoli.  From the traditional form and color to shades of yellow and purple, this is an exciting addition to your home. 
  • Brussel sprouts.  PR for children have given Brussel sprouts a bad name.  But with the right ingredients (bacon for starters), this is a sweet and tasty addition to your holiday table, especially when freshly harvested from your garden.  My favorite way to cook them – Slice your Brussel sprouts in half and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Add chopped bacon, rosemary sprigs, almonds, salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil.  Roast on 450˚ until tender (about 30 minutes).  Remove and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  It is decadent, crispy, sweet and savory.  Everything you want in these coming winter months.   

Devon can be reached at devon@thegardensshop.com       

Upcoming events at The Gardens

5-7 p.m. Oct. 19: Thursday Nights at The Gardens — An evening of shopping specials, yard games, food, and weekly seminars for everyone to enjoy.  Free to the public. This week we will be joined by All Fired Up Pizza and Rosa Brothers.  Special seminar by Little Dog Studio, a local artist who creates beautiful eco-print silk scarves from pigments of leaves and flowers. 

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28: Succulent wood planter workshop — In this workshop, we will be planting adorable succulents in a trendy whitewashed wood planter! Use as a new addition to your home, the centerpiece for your table, or gift for a dear friend. $65/person, RSVP

10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Crown workshop — In this workshop, the wonderful Shannah will be teaching us how to make our very own flower crowns. Use for birthday parties, bridal showers, or even a wedding.  $55/person, RSVP

The Gardens, 950 N. J St., Tulare. 559-688-2084 or www.thegardensshop.com

Article source: http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/life/home-garden/2017/10/13/plan-your-winter-garden-these-tips/757945001/