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  • Time to Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs

    Late September through October is an excellent time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as crocus, tulips, and daffodils. These plants need to develop roots in the fall and must meet a chilling requirement over the winter in order to bloom...

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  • PLANTING MUMS AND OTHER SEPTEMBER GARDENING TIPS

    September, the kids are back in school and just as you wouldn't send your kids off to school unprepared, neither should you ignore the needs of your garden as it heads into fall.  Gardens need special care to help prepare...

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  • Harvesting and Roasting Sunflower Seeds

    Sunflowers are usually ready to be harvested beginning in mid-September and into October. Seed heads can ripen on the plant, but they will need protection from birds. Try covering the heads with a paper sack or cheesecloth once the petals start turning brown. Use...

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  • Storing Apples

    You can enjoy apples from January to June – with the right conditions. Some apple cultivars can be stored for longer periods than others. Some cultivars will stay in firm, crisp condition for about 6 to 8 months with good...

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  • Fall Lawn care

    Fall Lawn Seeding TipsThe keys to successful lawn seeding are proper rates, even dispersal, good seed to soil contact, and proper watering. Evenness is best achieved by carefully calibrating the seeder or by adjusting the seeder to a low setting...

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  • September Gardening Calendar

    OrnamentalsWeeks 1-4: Continue planting evergreens now.Weeks 1-3: Cuttings of annuals can be taken now to provide vigorous plants for overwintering.Weeks 1-3: Herbs such as parsley, rosemary, chives, thyme and marjoram can be dug from the garden and placed in pots...

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  • Beware of Toxic Wild Berries

     Late-summer into early fall is a period when the fruits of many plants in the wild begin to mature. Unfortunately, it also is a period when plant poisonings tend to be more prevalent. Children are the most common victims because...

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  • Guest Post: Missouri Organic’s How to Calculate Mulch

    Mulch is not just for aesthetics, mulching is a very important part of maintaining a beautiful, healthylandscape. It's critical to maintaining constant soil temperature, keeping weeds under control, andmaintaining correct soil moisture in hot dry conditions.Mulch comes in a variety,...

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  • Turfgrass: Give Cool-Season Grasses a Boost

    September is almost here and that means it is prime time to fertilize your tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass lawns. If you could only fertilize your cool-season grasses once per year, this would be the best time to do it.        These...

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  • Harvesting Winter Squash

    Summer squash such as zucchini and scallop are harvested while immature but winter squash such as acorn, hubbard and butternut are harvested later, in the mature stage, after the rind is tough and seeds have developed. We normally think September...

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