The weekly newsletter for November 16, 2019.
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November 16, 2019 - Issue #435

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Articles and News
2020 National Gardening Association Calendar Now Available

We have produced a beautiful 2020 Calendar featuring many of the winners of last year's photo contest.

Our Photo Contest is ongoing!

The Grand Prize Best of Show winner will receive a $200 gift certificate from Bluestone Perennials. The second place winner will get a $125 gift certificate, and the third place winner gets a $75 gift certificate. Submit your photos by November 29th.

November Garden Tips

Check garden centers for clearance specials on plants and bulbs and get them in the ground. Some bulbs, such as tulips, will perform well even if planted late. Inspect to make sure they are healthy, and celebrate your bargains.

For the compost-conscious gardener, put aside a pile of leaves to use as dry material next year. Dry (or brown) material can be difficult to find during the growing season, so stash some now during the time of plenty.

Help a neighbor put their garden to bed. The elderly and infirm might need physical assistance. Schools and churches can always use helping hands. This is a chance to share and receive gardening knowledge, as well as expand your gardening community. Make contact with your local master gardeners group for more volunteering opportunities.

Indoor Greens?

Question: Now that the gardening season is coming to an end, I would like to grow lettuce in my garden window that's at room temperature. I'm also interested in other types of herbs or veggies that might grow indoors.

Answer: Veggies require full sun, rich soil, and a host of other conditions that are hard to imitate indoors. Even in a greenhouse, winter crops can be difficult, and the selection is limited. To grow lettuce indoors you will need large trays or 10- or 12-inch pots, sterilized soil mix, bright grow lights to extend the day length, and a sweater because lettuce likes it about 55 degrees F. If you want indoor greens, your best bet is to try a mix of mesclun greens that you can snip for salads as they grow.

You might have better luck buying your winter salad greens and veggies from a local source and growing herbs in your window, or perhaps a chili pepper plant. Thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, and miniature basil are among the herbs that should grow (though maybe not flourish) in your warm garden window. If your house is particularly dry, you may need to sit them on a humidity tray -- a tray or large saucer filled with rocks and water to increase the moisture in the air.
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Lovely new photos from this week
Black-Spined Aloe (Aloe melanacantha)
by Baja_Costero:

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Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
by TrishAUS:

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Girls Club')
by floota:

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Rose (Rosa 'Charlotte')
by celestialrose:

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Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Babylon Queen')
by Henhouse:

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Dwarf Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata 'Kikuzaki')
by Henhouse:

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Incendiary')
by celestialrose:

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Dahlia 'Honka Red'
by TrishAUS:

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Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
by TrishAUS:

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Rose (Rosa 'Pascali')
by Tafy:

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Active discussions from our forums
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The numbers from last week:
757 members joined.
3,999 posts written in our forums.
829 photos posted to the plant database.
373 plants added to personal inventory lists.
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