A few fall tasks to tackle

Beckie Fox

'Clair Matin' rose (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and you may be busy stuffing a turkey, but if you do find time to enjoy your garden (and the weather cooperates), here are a few tasks Judith Adam would like you to consider. It’s always satisfying to get a head start on next year’s garden.

Why you should fertilize your lawn this fall

How to move roses

Discovering hellebore seedlings in fall

'Clair Matin' rose (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)
‘Clair Matin’ climbing rose (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

The great tomato debate

Debates have certainly been in the news recently, but this debate in Modern Farmer about where the best tomatoes are grown is more to my liking. (There’s a Canadian angle here, too.) Of course, tomatoes aren’t without controversy — Hybrid or heritage? Pruned or not? — but I didn’t know country of origin was such a hot topic.

Personally, I think the best tomatoes are the ones we grow ourselves, but that’s just my opinion.

How about a hoya?

I know nothing about growing hoyas, a popular houseplant with twisted, trailing, rope-like stems. But if I wanted to grow one, I’d find this article helpful.

Quartz parasols for desert mosses

Oases in the desert aren’t always pools of water. A New York Times article describes how Kirsten Fisher, a California State biologist, discovered the role pebbles of milky quartz play in keeping mosses moist and alive in a dry desert environment. It was a chance discovery; she was there to study the sex life of the moss Syntrichia caninervis, but it was slow going.

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