In today's issue, we're focusing on the backyard and garden. Discover the gentle art of forcing bulbs indoors for bright blooms in the grey days of winter. Find out how to clean up those perennial beds which may be looking scraggly about now. And learn about the best time to plant mums—it's not when most folks think!
Finally, enjoy our new page on Election Day (U.S.) with facts, fun, weather, and more!
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Our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
–Will Rogers (Born today in 1879)
How to Build a Root Cellar Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars capable of storing large amounts of produce in the cool underground. This allowed them to partake in fresh vegetables through all those cold winter months and on into the spring.
Forcing Bulbs Indoors for Winter Blooms For those who can never get enough of tulips, daffodils, and spring bulbs, try potting them up to force into cheerful bloom this winter in the house. See our tips on how to force bulbs and a timetable for when to pot up different types of bulbs.
Chrysanthemums: When to Really Plant Mums Every year in the fall, I suffer a bout of mum madness when garden centers and big boxes brim with cheery chrysanthemums. They produce lovely fall colors, but is fall really the best time to plant them? (The answer is no.) Here’s how to keep your mums alive through winter!
How to Cut Back Perennials in Fall How do you cut back perennials? Some can be cut down after the first killing frost; others can be left to help birds and beneficial insects during the winter months. Let’s talk about which perennials to tackle, which to leave, how to cut back perennials properly, and other ways to prepare your...
Election Day History, Trivia, and Fascinating Facts In 2020, U.S. Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 3. How much do—and don’t—you know? Here is a short history of Election Day and the right to vote. Plus, we have some trivia, fascinating facts, and common questions & answers to quiz yourself as well as your family and friends.