more about: Timely Tasks

Don’t Cut Back “Dead” Plants Yet

It was colder than Bernie Madoff’s heart this week. My poor avocado tree turned from green to black and brown. But I’m not going to cut it back just yet. Here’s why you, too, should pocket your pruners for another month or two.

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Let It Snow? Oh, No!

Many Southerners hate snow. But have you ever asked your plants how they feel about it? No? Then put down that pitcher of spiked eggnog, turn off the 40-year old Bing Crosby tape, and hop to it. Because depending on the type and amount, snow can be a blessing or a curse for plants. Here’s why.

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The Hubby Secret Weight-Loss Tricks They Don’t Want You to Know

Ladies, did your hubby spend the entire Thanksgiving weekend planted in his recliner in front of the big screen watching football and stuffing his face with turkey, beer, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and, well…..stuffing? If so, he probably weighs slightly more than his pickup. Help him shed those holiday pounds and regain the youthful figure you settled for […]

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‘Sorbet’ Violas — Sweet Treats for the Fall

Well, the frost zapped Grumpy’s coleus and zinnias, so now I need cool-weather flowers to bloom out front that will give me nonstop color for months and months. And I know just the plants to do it — ‘Sorbet’ violas.

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5 Quick Ways to Winterize Your Garden

Freeze warnings are out, which means that tomorrow my impatiens will look a lot like applesauce. Annuals turned into disgusting slime aren’t the only damage cold weather can  bring. Here are five quick ways you can head off winter Armageddon in the days ahead.

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

One of Grumpy’s greatest talents is his ability to offend great numbers of people, sometimes unintentionally. And, boy, did he do it big time in last Sunday’s blog post (“5 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Fall”). Although regular readers didn’t find fault with it and indeed found the information timely and helpful, many independent (“Mom & Pop”) garden centers launched […]

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Save Those Sweet Peppers!

I prize sweet red peppers, but invariable my prodigiously productive plants present me with a peck more than I can promptly eat. Do I profligately permit them to putrefy? Positively not. I pop them into plastic ziplock bags and place them in the freezer.

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Ripen Those Green Tomatoes!

October is here,  which means frost is coming in a few weeks for most of us. So what are you going to do with those dozens of green tomatoes still hanging on the vine? Let them freeze and turn into disgusting mush? No. You’re going to ripen them indoors. Here’s how.

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What’s Wrong With My Dogwood?

Grumpy loves flowering dogwoods. He thinks that anybody who can grow them and doesn’t has a serious developmental flaw. But sometimes your beautiful dogwood suddenly doesn’t look so pretty anymore. Here are 4 common problems and what to do about them.

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Power Company Pruning — Part II

Well, it’s been an eventful couple of days since I returned from vacation to find my sugar maple and crepe myrtle butchered by the power company. Grumpy met yesterday with John Morris, a certified arborist and registered forester with Alabama Power, to see if we could come to a mutually satisfactory solution.

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