Your All Things Plants newsletter for October 31, 2011

Some numbers from last week:
News from Trish:
Thanks to all of our members, the Tip of the Day feature is a wildly popular feature of ATP- congratulations!!
Trish is looking to fill up the long winter months with tips relating to things gardeners do in the winter. Let's share our ideas for garden catalogs, starting new beds, overwintering plants, and helpful houseplant ideas! Tree Mail your tips to Trish. A "Garden Tipster" microbadge is awarded to tip givers!

News from Trish:
There's a new forum this week: Cactus and Succulents Enjoy!

There were 5 new articles published last week:

Article for New York Roof Gardens
By Sandi Schmidt on October 31, 2011

Gordon Hawkins' Brooklyn roof garden is well known in gardening website circles. He frequently posts photos of his exotic and eclectic collection of brugmansias, passifloras, clerodendrons, and more. The source of many brugmansia collections has been his generous free cuttings in late fall each year... (14 comments)

Article for Team Cold Season Annuals, or Team Done for the Year?
By Trish Whitinger on October 30, 2011

Are you a gardener who plants annuals for the cooler season, or do you call it a year and let your landscape be bare until spring? (19 comments)

Article for Garden Tours: flaflwrgrl, Ann
By Sharon Brown on October 29, 2011

Welcome to All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel way down south to Florida where Ann will take us through the gardens she has created. You are going to love what you see! (26 comments)

Article for Beekeeping equipment: The basic tools
By Margaret Tucker on October 28, 2011

Before you get your bees you need to have their hive set up and some basic tools to work with. Beekeeping supply catalogs show you all kinds of tools but which ones do you really need to get started? Come and find out. (9 comments)

Article for Top 10 list of pests that affect houseplants
By Paul Rodman on October 26, 2011

As the outdoor gardening season is winding down in many parts of the country, a lot of us are bringing plants indoors or purchasing houseplants to keep our thumbs green during the winter months. Do you know that most pests that affect houseplants are brought in hitchhiking on other plants? I’ll h... (11 comments)

Daily Gardening Tips from this week:

Gardening tip for October 31, 2011 October 31, 2011:
If you have lots of conifer trees in your yard and have been wondering what to do with all those cones after the crafts projects are done, try using them as a decorative mulch. I use cones from the Eastern White Pines (P. strobus). Lay down felted landscaping fabric and include an 8-12" mow strip of your favorite mulch at the perimeter. New additions every year keep it looking fresh. The only down side I've seen to date is the squirrels sometimes raid it.

Tip and photo by eclayne - (6 comments)

Gardening tip for October 30, 2011 October 30, 2011:
Unsure of hardiness of a new plant? Makes starts from the new plant, leave some in the garden to overwinter and keep some in a protected area during winter (indoors or in a garage).

Tip and photo by valleylynn - (13 comments)

Gardening tip for October 29, 2011 October 29, 2011:
Shop the Christmas aisles early for ornaments that can be used in the garden.

Tip and photo by imapigeon - (8 comments)

Gardening tip for October 28, 2011 October 28, 2011:
Always carry your cell phone in case of an emergency.

Tip by Boopaints
Photo by mcash70 - (23 comments)

Gardening tip for October 27, 2011 October 27, 2011:
A dish of beer in the garden will attract slugs.

Tip by threegardeners
Photo by gingin - (29 comments)

Gardening tip for October 26, 2011 October 26, 2011:
Trade seeds. Either ones you have extra of, or newly harvested.

Tip by Shelly
Photo by gardengus - (4 comments)

Gardening tip for October 25, 2011 October 25, 2011:
Try a hayrack planter on your deck railing, for flowers when the garden goes to sleep for winter. Winter pansies are cheerful and colorful to see from your window on dreary days.

Tip and photo by sandnsea2 - (4 comments)