September 23, 2017
Weekly news from the
National Gardening Association
|Mums Turning Colors
" I have a nice yellow mum that has turned purple . Could you tell me why . I also planted some that get full sun most of the day but are turning brown and wilted . ( like old lettucce ) How do I know if a plant ( mum ) has been hanging around for a while besides the normal reasons. When I brought them they looked great. It is oct. 26 I just bought them in the last week or two. " - Read the answer
ARTICLES TO READ
Edible Landscaping - The Winter Vegetable Garden in Warm Climates
You can garden through the winter in almost any climate. Even northern gardeners can enjoy harvests of root crops and greens in the winter if they are willing to put in the effort to protect plants with cloches, cold frames, or hoop houses.
How To: Prune Grape Vines
Grape growing is booming across the country. As more people try to grow their own edible landscapes, they are realizing that grapes fit into the picture perfectly. Grapes produce fruit a few years after planting, the vines are vigorous but can be pruned to fit in small spaces, there are varieties adapted to almost any climate in the country, and the plants are long lived, yielding grapes for eating, juicing and wine making for years.
Growing the Dwarf Alberta Spruce
The dwarf Alberta spruce is a small, dense evergreen, most widely used as an accent specimen or novelty tree in the landscape. It is also a great choice for small spaces.
Russian Sages: Plant Care and Collection of Varieties
With it airy spires of small, purple-blue flowers and finely-cut, gray-green foliage on upright, grayish-white stems, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) adds a haze of color to the garden from midsummer into fall, blending well with just about any other flower color.
Overwinter your Herbs
I've enjoyed harvesting fresh basil, parsley, and fennel from my garden all summer. Now that fall has arrived, it's easy to forget about those fresh herbs and resign myself to cooking with dried herbs. But I'm not giving up just yet. Some herb plants can be brought indoors to grow for months, providing summer flavor for my cooking. Others can be protected in the garden over the winter and they will bounce back next spring.
Saving Annual and Perennial Seeds
Collecting your own seeds saves money, helps preserve desirable traits, and keeps you in good horticultural practice in case you ever want to live off the land.
AWESOME NEW PHOTOS FROM THIS WEEK
NOTABLE DISCUSSIONS FROM OUR FORUMS
|..... arrrrrggghh! -- iris pot invasion!
|Oak trees are a'shakin', acorns are a'fallin'!
|The September Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
|Sunny Boy Available at Adelman
|Article Idea — When you really want a rain barrel but you really can't afford
|Gardening Ideas forum
|How Many Peonies Do You Grow?
|The Game Is Afoot!
|3rd Annual Not From the Seed Rack Seed Swap
|What time is it???
|The incredible, tiny, reaching rake!
|Gardening Ideas forum
THE NUMBERS FROM LAST WEEK:
|744 members joined.
4,828 posts written in our forums.
712 photos posted to the plant database.
637 plants added to personal inventory lists.