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Snuggling in for Winter

By Kathy LaLiberte

hough October always finds my gardens looking tired and disheveled, I still treasure every bit of remaining color and interesting foliage. But by later this month, I’ll have said my last goodbyes. The gardens will be thoroughly blackened by frost and it will be time to get busy again, putting things to bed.

I have come to love this last chore of the season. The weather is cool, the light is beautiful, and there’s no need to rush about. Another great thing about putting the garden to bed is that even if you accomplish nothing at all in the way of cleanup and mulching, your garden will probably be just fine. But if you do have a few hours to spare, here are a couple fall tasks I find beneficial.
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Will RaapSince our company's beginning 24 years ago, Gardener's Supply has been on a crusade to educate, equip and inspire more successful gardeners. Why this singular focus, and why do we have such passion about this cause? Our company mission, which has guided us since 1983, says it best:

We are in business to spread the joys and rewards of gardening, because gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community, and makes the world a better place.
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Marion Heller When Marian Heller and her husband Richard had some health problems last year, they had to abandon the vegetable garden at their summer house in Pine Plains, N.Y. But this season, they're back at it in full force. "After Richard's stroke and my car accident last year, the garden became our therapy," says Marian. "We value it now more than ever before. It's hard work, but luckily we are still able to do it," she says.
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Put Fall Leaves to Work

By Kathy LaLiberte

The longer
I garden, the greater my appreciation for the value of organic matter. And one
of the very best sources of organic matter is autumn leaves. They are packed with trace minerals that trees draw up from deep in the soil. When added to your garden, leaves feed earthworms and beneficial microbes. They lighten heavy soils and help sandy soils retain moisture. They make an attractive mulch in the flower garden. They're a fabulous source of carbon to balance the nitrogen in your compost pile. And they insulate tender plants from cold

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Create a Backyard Bird Haven

Create a Backyard Bird HavenThe single most important way to attract birds is to provide bird-friendly surroundings. Sure, birds want to eat the seed or suet from your birdfeeders. But they also need to find shelter, water and natural foods. In fact, studies show that even a bird that regularly visits your winter feeders will only get about a quarter of its food there.
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Deer Fence Does the TrickWith woods all around her yard, June Harless has one major nemesis: deer. "I usually find five or six deer every morning out in the yard," says June. "Even though I did find some plants they won't eat, such as daffodils and sage, the real solution was Deer Fence. I've been using the same fence for eight years and it works great," she says.
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