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Garden Gate November/December 2019

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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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English
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Active Interest Media
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6 Issues

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1 min.
from the editor

Remember the good times As another year comes to a close I like to remember some of my favorite times in the garden in the past 12 months. There’s one memory in particular that I won’t forget. I love to feed birds and watch their antics. (I probably get this from my parents.) While sitting on the porch one evening last summer I noticed a ruby-throated hummingbird dancing from flower to flower in the garden, then up to the feeder hanging from the eave and back to the red calibrachoas in the windowbox. Finally it darted to my car parked in the driveway and hovered for the longest time next to the bright shiny red taillight. I guess it’s true, they are drawn to red, whether it’s nutritious or not. But…

1 min.
garden gate online

Don’t forget the birds this winter! We have several DIY birdfeeding projects. The birds will love the way they taste and you’ll love the way they look in your garden! GardenGateMagazine.com/articles/projects/ It won’t be long... If you’re already dreaming about next year’s garden, you’ll want to know how and when to start your favorite plants from seed. Our at-a-glance chart can help. GardenGateMagazine.com/articles/how-to/ Garden Gate® Notes Get timely garden tips, see special offers and enter drawings gardeners love. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER GardenGateNotes.com…

1 min.
{meet}james a. baggett

WHAT I’VE LEARNED... Variegated horseradish is worth the wait. It takes a few years for the variegation to fully develop, but it’s so beautiful when it does. Watch for cardinal courtship in your garden in midspring at the same time that the redbuds are in bloom. You’ll see the males feeding seeds to the females. They almost look like they’re kissing. Cast-iron plant thrives on neglect. This houseplant is so slow growing. You just have to stick with it. I’ve been growing some of mine for 25 years. There are some really cool ones with polka dots, stripes and chartreuse, creamy, or golden variegations. I’ve seen lots of people growing edibles in small spaces this year. In one Vermont garden, the gardeners grew strawberries on their driveway in long windowboxes set on milk crates…

2 min.
reader tips

Christmas clips Pauline Grinnan, MA For years Pauline was frustrated with getting the mini lights on her Christmas tree positioned in the right spot. Then she remembered the orchid clips she used to keep her blooms upright. So she grabbed a few and with just a pinch to open the clip, the contrary wire stays in place. Plus the clips are green so they blend right in with the needles. Harvest seeds and seedheads from your garden and let them dry in a cool place for a few days. Then package them in plastic bags that are labeled with the plant name and the date. Place the packaged seedheads in decorative bags to give personalized gifts to your gardening friends. Kathleen Faulkner, CT Putting raised beds to bed Shannon Nedelka, NH After removing all the dead…

1 min.
pest watch

Winter moth Operophtera brumata There’s a new tree pest to watch out for in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, and it’s sure to spread. Adult winter moths emerge from the soil in late fall to early winter. Males are light brown to tan with a wingspan a little over an inch. Females are gray and almost wingless. They can’t fly but climb trees to find mates and lay eggs in the crevices of tree bark. Inchworm-like green caterpillars with white stripes on their sides grow up to 1 inch long. They hatch in spring, feed then drop to the soil to pupate in early summer. Damage Caterpillars feed on both the flowers and foliage. Leaves are often skeletonized and flowers ruined. This can devastate fruit tree harvests or completely defoliate ornamental trees. Control Tree…

2 min.
terra-cotta bird feeder

Terra-cotta pots aren’t just for plants. They can be used to make all kinds of cool things, including bird feeders. It’s a cinch to make this garden-themed bird feeder out of a simple terra-cotta flower pot and a couple of saucers. Look for an orchid pot like this one with holes in the sides. You can size this up or down to suit your fancy. And this is a great project to personalize: Decorate it with mosaic seashells or pebbles or paint it with chalkboard paint so you can change it up as often as you like. WHAT’S FOR DINNER? During the winter months in northern states, natural food is becoming scarcer for birds, and days and nights are colder, so they are working harder than ever to find food and…