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5 Helpful Tips for Buying Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall

5 Helpful Tips for Buying Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall

Let’s say you’d like to grow pretty spring flowers in your garden, like tulips or daffodils. Awesome! These spring flowers grow from bulbs that you plant in the fall. Here are a few examples of spring flowering bulbs: In this week’s tip, you’ll get 5 helpful tips for...

“When Should I Empty My Flowerpots?”

“When Should I Empty My Flowerpots?”

In the fall, one of the questions that often comes up is: "When should I empty my flowerpots?" There are different schools of thought on when to empty your flowerpots, so I'm going to share several options. That way, you can decide which makes the most sense for you....

Popular Spring Flowers for Western States… You Plant in the Fall

Popular Spring Flowers for Western States… You Plant in the Fall

It may seem like a strange time to chat about spring flowers... ... when we have pumpkins and Halloween decorations appearing outside the grocery stores. But if you're interested in growing spring flowers... Autumn is the ideal time to plant spring bulbs in most parts...

How to Choose Fall Flowers That Last Longer: 3 Simple Tips

How to Choose Fall Flowers That Last Longer: 3 Simple Tips

When you're strolling through the garden center or dashing into the grocery store and all those pretty flowers are smiling up at you, it's hard not to choose the showiest flowers you see. "Well, helloooooo there." But if you'd like your fall flowers to last longer,...

What to Do With Old Potting Soil (the Dirt From Your Pots)

What to Do With Old Potting Soil
(the Dirt From Your Pots)

What can you do with the dirt in your pots after your flowers have died? You have a few options for what to do with old potting soil! Let's assume, for a sec, that your plants were healthy at the end of the season. If yes... Here are 4 things to do with old potting...

6 Ways to Protect Your Flowers From Frosts and Freezes

6 Ways to Protect Your Flowers From Frosts and Freezes

You know you've entered the "joys of western gardening club" when ... It feels like summer one day... and the next day you're bracing yourself for frosts, freezes and snow. (I'm not crying. I have something in my eye.) If you'd like your annuals — your one-season...

“Can I Change the Flowers in My Flowerpots for Fall?”

“Can I Change the Flowers in My Flowerpots for Fall?”

I used to think that once you planted your flowerpots, that was it. Your flower babies were in there for the long haul. But I’ve come to appreciate that you can swap out the flowers in your pots. It's like changing your wardrobe for the seasons. If you want to change...

“How Can You Tell If a Perennial Is ‘Marginally Hardy?'”

“How Can You Tell If a Perennial Is ‘Marginally Hardy?'”

It was a winter week to make a gardener shudder. In February 2021, an arctic blast covered the western United States like a frosty ice pack from the kitchen freezer. Where I live in Colorado, the high temperature for several days was a not-so-balmy zero degrees. The...

What to Do BEFORE You Empty Your Flowerpots

What to Do BEFORE You Empty Your Flowerpots

It would be awesome to be named "The Perfect Gardener" after a summer of growing flowers — complete with dancing squirrels and a pitch-perfect choir of finches. But alas, most of us weren't born with a spade in one hand and a geranium in the other. So, the next best...

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