12 ways to get ready for fall gardening


    October 13, 2012 — It’s time for the second season of great growing! Mike McGrath reveals a dozen things you can — and should — plant over the next month or so. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

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    Tip #1: If you live in a non-tropical clime, pot up your impatiens, ‘annual begonias’ (they can actually live as long as tuberous begonias if cared for the same way) and pepper plants and bring them inside before nighttime temperatures drop below 40 degrees; these plants are all long lived perennials if protected from frost. Give pepper plants the strongest light possible once indoors. The shade-loving flowers will do fine in any somewhat sunny windowsill—as long as it’s well insulated against nighttime cold. See the next 11 tips »

    Photo by Flickr user Paul Stein

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