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Garden Gate Nov/Dec 2017

You CAN create the garden of your dreams with Garden Gate magazine! Every issue is packed with must-have plants, reader tips, simple time- and money-saving ideas, step-by-step, how-to help and the inspiration you need to create a gorgeous garden year after year.

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United States
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English
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Active Interest Media
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Bimonthly
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i denne udgave

1 min
from the editor

This time of year some plants are starting to take a much-needed rest while others love the cool weather and really stand out in borders and containers. The days are getting shorter, but we can still enjoy time on the patio or around the firepit. It’s also time to prepare the garden for next year by cleaning up leaves and other debris. We have a great mix of stories and tips in this final issue of 2017, from how to force bulbs for color indoors to must-have, long-blooming plants for spring, summer and even fall. You can learn a lot by visiting public gardens, from great plant combinations to design ideas and hardscaping solutions. On page 32, check out four of our favorite destination gardens and see some helpful tips from…

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3 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

Help for your hands Peter Rodgers, CA Due to mild arthritis, Peter had difficulty replacing his sprinklers with a drip irrigation system using ¼-in. tubing. It was tricky to insert the tube into couplers and drip ends. He found if he boiled a cup of water and inserted the tubing into the water for about 30 seconds and removed it, he could more easily insert the tubing into the plastic coupler or drip end. Build a vertical planter Barbara Carleton, NH Add more flowers and color to a dull area with a vertical planter using metal fence stakes and steel banding, like the one in the photos above. Barbara constructed the planter by attaching three standard 6-inch terra-cotta pots with steel banding to a metal fence stake. To construct it, cut a piece of metal…

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1 min
from the wild side

Pine siskin Carduelis pinus Winter is a great time to watch for different birds to visit your yard. The pine siskin is a 4- to 5-in. brown or tan bird with white and yellow breast and wing markings. Often mistaken for a type of finch or sparrow, this energetic bird lives year-round in the Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Canada, and summers in Alaska and northern Canada. FOOD AND SHELTER Pine siskins nest in open forests and suburban areas. As you can guess by their name, they prefer seeds of pines and other conifers. They also eat tender buds of some trees and seeds of grasses and dandelions. To attract them to your feeder, set out thistle, millet and hulled sunflower seeds. They occasionally eat suet. WINTER MIGRATIONS If it seems like some winters you…

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4 min
2 crisp and colorful combos you can plant this weekend!

Cooling temperatures and shorter days don’t mean your garden has to be as dull as the weather. Brighten up winter in the South and early spring in the North with this sampling of cool-season-loving plants. These are quick fixes you can use to add some bright curb appeal to the front yard or to provide some cheery flowers along the path to the car each day. This group of plants can withstand frost, when temperatures get down around 32 degrees F or a bit lower for a few hours, with ease. The weather this time of year makes maintenance easy. Shorter days and lower temps slow plant growth so the flowers last longer and the colors don’t fade as quickly as they do in the hot summer sun. Soil doesn’t dry…

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3 min
build the perfect outdoor office

When the kids are occupied outside, that gives you a chance to pull a few weeds or deadhead spent flowers while watching them. Their playset was a busy place when their children were young, but when the kids were too old to use it anymore, Helen and David Yoest took it out and built the 8×8-foot greenhouse in photo 1 in its place. When removing a playset, keep in mind that the soil underneath is likely compacted and may not be the best spot for a garden right away. If you’re concerned about the soil quality but don’t want to work it too much, consider building raised beds or adding a patio, shed or greenhouse. If you really want to grow grass or add a garden, amend the soil with compost…

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11 min
11 long-blooming perennials

Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy your favorite flowers all year long? That’s just not the nature of perennials, but some do bloom up to a month or more! If you include a few of these long-blooming plants in all of your beds and borders, you’re guaranteed to have a colorful, cohesive look throughout your garden. COOL IN CONTAINERS These plants bloom so long that some of them are even good candidates for containers. For example, lungwort brings an exciting accent to a shade container, and ice plant grows well in a trough with other succulents. In fact, if your garden soil is heavy, this may be the best way to grow ice plant. BRIDGE PLANTS Since not all perennials bloom for the same length of time or during the…

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