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Regional Gardening Tips for October (Oct 2017)
It’s time to break out the spices, turn up the heat and get squashed! From pies, soups and snacks, pumpkins and other winter squash bring out some of our favorite fall cooking traditions. This week, in addition to our monthly regional gardening tips, we look at a few ways to enjoy these autumn delights. Our plant of the week yields a festive fruit sure to make all your pumpkin dreams come true: Fairytale pumpkin. (Magic wand not included.)

Apple Delights (Sep 2017)
There are reportedly more than 7,500 varieties of apples in the world. How many have you eaten so far? No matter your favorite, this classic fall treat comes packed with distinct flavor, great cooking opportunities and awesome health benefits. This week we look at some apple favorites; learn which are best for baking, drinking and eating right out of your hand; check out some awesome apple recipes; and consider the key factors in selecting an apple tree for a home landscape. Hey, maybe our plant of the week is one you might like to try: Melrose apple. (It’s the state apple of Ohio, but you don’t need to live in the Buckeye State to grow it!)

Turn on the Bulbs! (Sep 2017)
There’s much to tackle in the garden before Old Man Winter arrives. One of the easiest tasks you can do to beautify your growing space is something nobody will even notice…until spring. Planting bulbs is as simple as digging a hole in the ground, but when it comes to getting the best springtime show, you need to buy your bulbs early if you want the best selection, as well as plant them correctly. This week we take a look at the bulb basics, as well as a few great plants to try, including our desert-climate-loving beauty of the week: baboon flower.

Fall Gardening Tasks (Sep 2017)
Leaves are starting to change, cool temps are creeping in, and the days are getting shorter. Fall is in the air! From weeding out unwanted plants to dropping a few bulbs in the ground, spending even minimal time in the autumn garden can bring you great rewards come spring. Let the fall gardening tasks and projects in this week’s newsletter help you get reacquainted with your outdoor space. Our plant of the week: Autumn Brilliance serviceberry. (The name says it all!)

Regional Gardening Tips for September (Sep 2017)
If you’re feeling tired, worn out and scorched around the edges after a long, sizzling summer, imagine how your lawn feels. You both could probably use a little revitalization. For many home gardeners, early autumn is the ideal time to revitalize the lawn. This week, in addition to our September regional gardening tips, we share tips on how to keep your autumn lawn looking its best. Not a turf fan? That’s okay. We include some groundcover suggestions as well, including our plant of the week: dwarf lilyturf.

Fall for Good Pest Control (Aug 2017)
There are lots of wonderful things about fall. Pests eating your cool-season plants aren’t one of them. Alas, if you’ve got a fall garden, chances are you’ve got a banquet for hungry, unwanted guests. This week we take a look at common fall pests and ways to safely rid the garden of them. Our plant of the week isn’t related to insect pests, but it certainly is the kind of “pest”o you’d like to grow: Pesto Perpetuo lemon basil!

Fall Into New Garden Tasks (Aug 2017)
The calendar claims the first day of fall is still a month away, but by the end of next week we’ll be in September. For many home gardeners, that’s close enough. Before you start replacing your summer annuals with only autumn-hued store-bought plants, think of other ways to cleverly reuse your planters this fall. In addition to relying on traditional mums, you can create fall window boxes, pots and hanging baskets using harvested materials from your garden. This week’s newsletter will show you how, as well as other ways to prepare for an awesome autumn. Our plant of the week: autumn goldenrod.

Ornamental Grasses for the Garden (Aug 2017)
Grass is back in session! Fall ornamental grass plantings are among the easiest perennials to cultivate, and they bring stunning results, offering movement, height and even sound to the garden. This week’s newsletter takes a look at grasses of all kinds, as well as ways to plant and care for them – including turf. Looking for a gorgeous grass that fits nicely into many landscape settings? Try our plant of the week: Karl Foerster feather reed grass.

Tasty Ways to Extend Your Harvest (Aug 2017)
Summer’s end may be around the corner, but the food garden is just getting started! Crisp, sweet lettuce, tender peas and hearty baby carrots are just a few of the many cool-season tasty treats most home gardeners can grow in autumn beds. This week we take a look at how to extend your summer herbal harvest by propagating new plants to overwinter, steps on planning a fall garden and great veggies to grow in it. Our plant of the week is a flavorful one to enjoy in fall: garlic.

Regional Gardening Tips for August (Aug 2017)
Yes, we know it’s still summer and that there are many weeks left to savor the flavors of your warm-season harvest. But if you’d like to extend your growing season to include fresh fall veggies from the garden this year, you need to know when to begin growing cool-season crops. (For many cool-region gardeners, that time is in August.) If you long for fresh greens in the middle of winter, then stop dreaming. With a little planning, you can have your arugula and eat it, too! This week’s newsletter can help show you how. It also includes ways to enjoy your summer harvest, your regional to-dos and a cool plant of the week: Redbor kale.

Water-Wise Gardening (Jul 2017)
You can’t have a thriving garden without water, but you _can_ water your plants well and conserve resources! By practicing several simple water-conservation techniques, you can continue growing a healthy outdoor retreat that’s as beautiful as it is self-sufficient. Even better, using less water means spending less money on the water bill and spending more time actually enjoying your garden. Remember: Collecting rainwater from gutter downspouts or using native plants and mulch doesn’t only help you, it helps the environment! This week’s newsletter looks at easy ways to save water in the garden. If your summer growing space is looking a little color-dry, give it a douse of our plan of the week: Purple Rain sage.

Midsummer Gardening (Jul 2017)
With temperatures on the rise and plants growing weary, you may find yourself desperate to get back to the colors and beauty your garden knew back in June. Although the chances of the garden fashion police knocking at your arbor gate are slim to none, there’s nothing wrong with trying to keep your yard up with the seasonal times. Just play it smart and try to follow the midsummer gardening tips this week’s newsletter has to offer. Not sure your midsummer garden has what it takes to keep blooming through the rest of the season? Keep hope alive with our featured plant: Hope coneflower!

Have a Cool Summer! (Jul 2017)
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the garden – unless you’re a home gardener trying to enjoy your great outdoors. If you simply have to be among the flowers, just be smart when you head into the sun! This week we take a look at ways to stay cool and have fun outside. While you’re out there, enjoy a little ‘Raspberry Ice’! (It’s our plant of the week.)

Regional Gardening Tips for July (Jul 2017)
You just can’t beat the fresh convenience of homegrown herbs. Spicing up your garden and home-cooked meals with a few tasty favorites is a beautiful way to save money! If you like the idea of growing your own food but worry that you don’t have the space, time or a green-enough thumb to do it, start with growing herbs. In addition to our July regional tips, this week’s newsletter shares how these fragrant plants can help you savor the flavor of a different kind of growing success! For a particularly good garden thyme, try our plant of the week: Thymus x citriodorus.

To Honor Our American Gardens… (Jun 2017)
Home gardeners can always find something to do in their growing space, whether it’s pulling a few weeds, rearranging containers or adding instant color to any bare spot. We know how rewarding gardening is, but do you know what’s even better? Enjoying the beauty your green thumb has helped grow! For this year’s 4th of July celebration, drop the gardening tools, pull up a patio chair, relax with a cool beverage and explore some simple ways to enjoy your summer garden. If you find working and planning in the garden just as relaxing as sitting in it, consider adding some of this week’s patriotic-ish plants to your growing space someday, including this week’s featured plant: Liberty apple.

Butterfly Garden Basics (Jun 2017)
Pollinators like butterflies keeping life growing! Bonus: Their stunning colors and whimsical fluttering bring joyful interest to the garden, delighting everyone lucky enough to be around when they stop by for a visit. The thing is, butterflies have very particular tastes and preferences. This week we take a look at how to lure these beautiful creatures into your outdoor living area. One way to help your garden grow all aflutter is to include our plant of the week in your growing space: Red Butterfly milkweed.

Regional Gardening Tips for June (Jun 2017)
Whether they’re welcoming visitors to your front porch, lining a walkway, or decorating a deck or arbor, container gardens make big impact! Here’s the best part: They’re surprisingly simple to make, easy on the wallet and, when they’re planted and cared for properly, they can provide continuous beauty throughout spring and summer. This week, in addition to our monthly regional to-dos, we look at some container garden basics, including how to plant a giant hanging basket and what kinds of plants work well in planters. Our plant of the week is a great one to try: ivy-leaved geranium.

Annual Planting and Care (May 2017)
You have to replant them every year, so why choose annuals? For starters, they’re easy, inexpensive and offer an awesome colorful bang for your buck! This week we take a look at how to plant, care for and use these instant beauties in the garden. Although our plant of the week isn’t an annual, given the time of year, we felt this one was more appropriate: Mother’s Day azalea. (Thanks, moms, for all that you do!)

Regional Gardening Tips for May (May 2017)
Vines are great additions to most landscapes because they’ll grow on almost any surface, lead the eye upward and take garden beauty to a whole new level. In addition to our May regional To-Dos, this week’s newsletter shares tips on vine growing, from selection and support to keeping ivy from invading your growing space. Our plant of the week is a beautiful bloomer that can show your garden a vine time: purple morning glory.

Arbor Day the Tree-mendous Way! (Apr 2017)
National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April. What better way to commemorate than by planting a tree? Because large boxed trees are expensive, most budget-savvy home gardeners turn to small trees in the 1- to 5-gallon range. These little specimens are simple to plant and easy on the wallet, but they do come with challenges. This week we take a look at issues to consider before buying a tree for your yard, as well as tips on how to care for the established mighty ones already growing on your property. Looking for a tree that offers year-round interest? Consider our North American native plant of the week: Allegheny serviceberry.

It’s Blooming Spring! (Apr 2017)
The fragrant, trumpet-shaped, white blooms of Easter lilies will soon adorn homes and churches everywhere. But that’s not the only flower you’ll notice this spring. This week we take a look at various spring bloomers found all over growing spaces, from high in the trees to those growing as weeds. This week’s plant of the week: Perfumed passionflower.

Regional Gardening Tips for April (Apr 2017)
Although all the different types, terms and numbers used to describe fertilizers may seem intimidating, they’re really not that difficult to decipher once you understand what they mean. This week we take a look at a few fertilizer basics before the planting season officially takes off, as well as provide your regional To-Dos for the month. (Can you believe it’s April already?!) This week’s featured plant brings a galaxy of starry flowers to shady, woodland gardens: Golden star.

Prepare for Spring! (Mar 2017)
We’ve all seen gorgeous spring flower beds bursting with color and have thought, “Wow, I wish my garden looked like that.” If you prepare your growing space properly at the start of the season, it can! This week we take a look at simple steps to preparing garden beds for spring, as well as tasks to consider while you wait for your weather to cooperate and/or the ground to finally thaw. Before you know it, you may just have the best flower bed on your block – the kind that makes neighbors think, “Wow, I wish my garden looked like that!” One way to make your garden shine is to add our plant of the week: spring starflower.

Spring Back Into Gardening! (Mar 2017)
It’s official: Spring has arrived, and home gardeners everywhere are eager to hit the dirt! Unfortunately, early frosts can turn spring fever into a terrible cold that can knock newly planted gardens down for the count. While we each wait for our specific region’s last-frost date to pass, now is the perfect time to review (and later apply) a few basic gardening principles that can do our plants – and ourselves – a world of good this growing season! This week we look at how to avoid “garden frostbite,” as well as ways to beautify our growing spaces with accessories and spring-loving plants. One pretty bloomer is even our plant of the week: Spring Symphony foamflower.

Last Call for Fall! (Nov 2016)
As the saying goes, “You snooze, you lose.” Well, winter will be here before we know it, and there’ll be plenty of time to snooze then. So let’s enjoy what’s left of fall and get out in the garden while we still can! This week we take a look at late-fall garden tasks across the nation. But before we completely turn our backs on our beloved planting beds and focus on the fast-approaching holiday season, let’s give a shout-out to a delightful autumn with our plant of the week: ‘Bravo’ decorative chrysanthemum. (Insert clapping and cheers here.)

Regional Gardening Tips for November (Nov 2016)
It’s not unusual for green thumbs in cool-temp regions to abandon the gardening ship come November. But before you officially throw in the trowel for the season, remember to make your bed once more: Winterizing planting beds before garden hibernation can help reduce potential problems next spring. And if you’re fortunate to live where you can grow outside year-round, don’t pass up this chance to veg out! There are many vegetables that perform their best in winter. Our November regional to-dos can help keep you on task as well, while our plant of the week – ornamental gourd – can help your home look festively beautiful.

Decorating With Mother Nature (Oct 2016)
Happy (almost) Halloween! Did you know that plants are more historically linked to Halloween than a bag of candy? This week we take a look at some spook-tacular facts about Halloween plants and lore, as well as a cute sweetgum pod craft to do with the kids. But don’t carve all of your pumpkins this year – keep some untouched for natural fall enjoyment leading up to Thanksgiving. We’ve got lots of tips for easy, cost-friendly autumn décor in this issue, too. One popular decoration is even represented as our plant of the week: Indian corn!

What Autumn “Leaves” You With… (Oct 2016)
Have you ever wondered why some autumns are more vibrant than others? How can a tree look absolutely spectacular one fall, then seem slightly less impressive the next? There are lots of factors that weigh into the colorfulness of fall, and they change every year. No matter what shade of scarlet your oak tree may turn this year, one thing remains the same: the usefulness of fallen leaves! This week, in addition to investigating why leaves change color in the first place, we rake in the many ways to use fallen leaves to your garden’s advantage, as well look at a few classic trees sure to make your fall shine. Our plant of the week is a perfect example: Autumn Blaze® red maple.

Hip to be Healthy! (Oct 2016)
Nothing fills us up in fall (and winter) like a bowl of delicious comfort food on a chilly day. And when most of the ingredients come from your garden, you’ll find your meals are even tastier! This week we take a look at a few recipes sure to warm the hearts of everyone in your family. Some are old-fashioned goodies, like chicken soup. Others are more of a surprise, like rose hip jam. Whatever you’ve got cookin’, enjoy the tastes of homegrown goodness. You can start with this week’s yummy and classic plant of the week: garden lettuce.


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