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Amanda's Garden Agenda

 Amanda's Garden 

 Words to guide, inspire and entertain  


Put It To Bed

I know, I know, it’s not the really fun part. And you got busy with the impending holiday season and there are the dead lily tops, scraggly roses, spent chrysanthemums, dead tomato vines…. Frozen deck planters… it’s no wonder people quickly find something else to do!

Well, pick a section at a time, and just work for an hour. Listen to music, and always force loved ones to help. General rule: if it’s still green, leave it alone; if it’s yellow or gray, cut/lop it short. If it’s an annual, as my landscaper partner used to trill: KILL IT! Pull it up and hopefully compost it, or give it to your township to compost.

Beautiful frost coverd tree branches.

Most things prefer to be pruned after the first big frost. Pruning actually encourages growth, so make sure the plants are sleeping before you prune down for the winter. More on techniques later…. There are a thousand references for specific methods available on line, or in your library. Picture books are great anyway!

Amanda Bennett

photo: Amanda Bennett,

Posted By Gordon's Garden at Friday, December 14, 2012| Permalink


Anonymous Commented on 15-Feb-2013 10:50 AM

Beautiful photo! Thanks Amanda.

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