October 2010 Blog Posts (26)

Pumpkin Palooza: Great Ideas for Pumpkins in the Garden

The great pumpkin shortage is over! According to realiable sources the pumpkin panic of '09 is history. Indeed there seems to be a plethora of pumpkins this year. Good news to gardeners looking to decorate their yardens with one last hurrah of autumn splendor.

See the great ideas I found at the Dallas Arboretum at The…


Added by Rhonda Fleming Hayes on October 3, 2010 at 5:04pm — 2 Comments

Consideration of neighbors, community, is part of gardening

I have a neighbor who has planted morning glory at the property line between our side yards. It covers the fence, comes into my garden, covers trees, shrubs, my roses. Just as she likes morning glories, I have preferences for my garden also, and morning glory is not in my plan. I cannot keep up with it, and have spoken to her several times about controlling it without results. In fact, she went and planted wisteria right along side the morning glories. The wisteria grew in the lattice and… Continue

Added by glenda on October 3, 2010 at 1:48pm — 6 Comments

Of Parsely and Pepper Plants

My garden decided to reward me again this morning as I tried in vain to run some errands. I no sooner stepped out the back door when I discovered a new born Black Swallowtail Butterfly drying it's wings on my chili pepper plants!

I bolted for my camera and began snapping away. It took a few moments before I realized that I had created a…


Added by Cathy Hennessy Z8 NW FL on October 3, 2010 at 11:02am — No Comments

Ah, cool weather!

Well, cool for us. Mid 70s to 80 in the day. Great gardening weather. Friday I tackled part of the "wild" area in the back yard. I have been beating it back since we moved in 4 1/2 years ago, slowly reclaiming the edges of the yard from English ivy overgrown shrubs and "trash trees"--those little 1/2 inch diameter ones that sprout up from nothing and are not identifiable. Found a few sassafras trees to save and an old gangly azalea I cut back. There is also a Lady Banks rose that I don't know… Continue

Added by Janice Ketchie (Z8a Ga) on October 2, 2010 at 9:53pm — No Comments

I love bargains!

Just went to the large garden center today for 'cool-weather' plants. I was looking for the pink wax begonias that grow so beautifully for me, especially in containers. I know you northerners are shaking your heads but I've have kept these blooming through most of our winters better than our hot summers. I only saw red ones, which I don't care for, until I couldn't resist the bargain area.

I was so surprised to see landscaper's flats of 18 plants, usually $10, about 5-8" tall, a bit…


Added by Pauline Sweeney/Z9 FL on October 2, 2010 at 8:16pm — No Comments


our garden has been done for a month or so now. it is tilled and ready for grass seed. we are moving it to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the spring. I will once again have to get used to late frosts and snow in June.
we will be starting from scratch in what used to be our garden 12 years ago...wish me luck

Added by Christine Heidtman on October 2, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

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