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November Garden Tips #GardenSense

wood fenceGardening season is coming to an end. Here is a quick checklist to put your mind and gardening to rest before setting sights on the Holiday season!

  • You still have time before the ground freezes to add soil amendments as needed. Do a soil test to ensure proper amounts of lime if needed.
  • Mulch in garlic to protect bulbs over winter.
  • Inspect fencing and posts and do any repairs before winter.
  • Clear gutters of leaves as needed to ensure smooth water flow.
  • Make sure garden hoses and rain barrels are empty and faucets are winterized.
  • Install bird feeders and stock up on seed and suet.
  • Collect any pinecones for holiday decorations and crafts.
  • Compost Tip 😉
    Straw bales, corn stalks and pumpkin decorations left over from Halloween and autumn displays are a great addition to your compost pile. Many business and civic organizations will gladly let you have their display materials for the asking instead of putting it in the trash.

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    As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
    esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
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