Gardening in general

If your garden is looking a little tired, particularly in the late-summer heat, add fall chrysanthemums to bring a pop of color. These tender perennials, commonly known as mums, are easy to grow and come in a variety of colors, as well as different flower shapes, with the daisy shape or the pompon shape being the most common.

Local garden centers are well-stocked right now and the blooms will last until frost.

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Gardeners have two special events in the region this weekend: the Apalachicola Home and Garden Symposium and Tour on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, and the Tallahassee Area Rose Society tour of rose gardens on Sunday afternoon, May 5. Admission costs vary to the different events in Apalachicola, including the Friday luncheon featuring Ms. Grow-It-All as speaker, but the rose garden tour is free. Check the Garden Calendar at https://www.msgrowitall.com/Calendar for details.

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Going all ‘Darth Vader’ on the squirrels

November 13, 2012

Squirrels are cute little critters, scampering about the yard, chasing each other, gathering acorns and other nuts to stash them for the winter. They’re also destructive little devils, digging up the bulbs you carefully planted, poking holes in your lawn, chewing the wooden trim on your porch. A big part of the problem is over-development, […]

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First cold snap arrives; protect tender plants

October 29, 2012

The first cold spell of fall has arrived in the Tallahassee/Big Bend/Eastern Florida Panhandle region, and while it is not expected to freeze, the low temperatures forecast for tonight (37 degrees F., according to WFSU-FM) could damage tender plants left unprotected outdoors. If you have potted Christmas cacti that you’ve left outdoors since March, which […]

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Welcome to my blog!

September 16, 2012

Hello, and welcome to my gardening blog. According to Southern Living magazine, gardening is the No. 1 hobby in the United States. With a temperate climate and abundant rainfall most years, the southeastern United States is a great place to practice this hobby. I’m a certified Advanced Master Gardener with the University of Florida Institute of Food and […]

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