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October 17, 2014

THE NEW TROY BILT JET™ LEAF BLOWER -- AND IT'S A GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate my 2 millionth page hit, Troy Bilt is giving away this brand new Jet™ Leaf Blower - you have until this Sunday, October 19th at 10 PM EST to leave (leaf) a comment and a nice social media share, or join as a follower to be blown away with this game-changing new design.

 ++++++++AND THE WINNER IS….ANONYMOUSE!

Please contact me via email at mmattus@charter.net and I can connect you with the folks at Troy Bilt for delivery. Thanks to everyone who entered!+++++++


The leaves are falling, the pine needles are pouring down, and yes...it is fall across most of the country. Thanks to the great folks at Troy Bilt, we tested a new product called the Jet™, a super-strong leaf blower that really gives those professional back-pack leaf blowers a run for their money.  I know, because we bought one of those back pack models from another manufacturer for over $350 - we loved it, but it's heavy, cumbersome and honestly just a little too professional for us guys who honestly, rarely use a leaf blower except when the leaves are falling. Which means that we rarely use it when we cut the grass, or even weekly like our noisy neighbors. We come from the camp that believes that leaf blowers are not everyday tools. Lawns and gardens should be raked by hand, it's better for the plants, and better for the people.

But there are times when a leaf blower is very useful - like when the leaves are falling - and with two acres of leaves and pine needles, and only a couple of hours a week available for raking in the fall and early spring, a leaf blower is necessary for a few weeks out of the year.

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October 11, 2014

THE BLUES, AND THE BEES, (OH, AND THE BULBS)

FALL BLOOMING GENTIANS TAKE OVER THE ALPINE GARDEN AND TROUGHS WITH A 'LAST HURRAH' BEFORE OUR FIRST FROST.


Some of the gardening year's most striking plants bloom just before frost, and so it is with many of the plants within the genus Gentianacea - the gentian family. Gentians a generally high elevation mountain plants - alpines, which are familiar to hikers in the Alps and in the Rockies, but there are some very choice species from China just coming to a few specialist nurseries. Gentians are not something that most gardeners turn to, as they are rarely in bloom at garden centers, and they have a reputation for being fussy, requiring very specific soil nutrients, temperatures and aspect - but you might be surprised at just how easy some species and new selections can be - I mean, check out these beauties that I found at all places, my local Lowes hardware store.
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October 8, 2014

MY NEW WINTER PROJECTS LIST, AND GO WEASLEY!

Black centered white anemones are practically impossible to find for the home garden, but I did find one source - an although Anemone coronaria can only be grown outdoors in warmer zones ( Zones 8 or higher), they are perfect for cold greenhouse. Soon  I will share my story about my search for the black centered white anemone but for now, I will have to settle for this black centered 'DeCaen' selection.


I've decided to add a short winter projects list to my already long annual list of projects (which are mostly summer projects - more updates on those in a few weeks). I love gardening in the winter, in the greenhouse more than I do gardening in the summer, so it should come as no surprise that I would ass a projects list for the winter season, too. My winter projects like mostly includes projects in the greenhouse, which I know may or may not be interesting to you, but I think that you will learns something from a few of these.

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