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Covering your beds durning a freeze.

Freezing tempretures are coming. Here are a few ways to protect young or tender plants.

like Cyclamen, tropicals or tender vegetables from the cold. Mulch- Use a natural bark mulch like hardwood or cedar mulch to insulate the roots of your plants. Layer 2-4" deep in all beds. Mulch will not only insulate from the cold, it will retain water, and even reduce grasses and weeds in beds. Also, put on a blanket- frost cloth, burlap, or even bed sheets can be placed over newly planted shrubs and bedding plants and  pots to add a level of protection. Specialty pot covers like Plantkets which are made for pots are a great idea, and available at…

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With a little love after Christmas, you can get a poinsettia to bloom again!

With a little love after Christmas, you can get a poinsettia to bloom again. Water it until mid-spring, then let it dry out and allow the stems to shrivel. Keep it in a cool place. At the end of spring, cut all growth to a couple of inches above the soil and re-pot it in new soil. Water well and keep it warm,give it a little Color Star  when new growth appears. In late spring you should move your plant outside to a shady location, pinching out the growing tips in midsummer. When the nights become cooler in  fall  (below…