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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 17.45 Acer's Florist & Garden Center November 9, 2017
Fall is for planting

Trees and Shrubs

Arrivals

Fall is Here! Acer's has all you need for your fall yard and garden. Haybales, cornstalks, mums and much, much more!

Arrivals

Arrivals


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Thanksgiving Decoration

Nestled as it is between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving sometimes gets lost in the shuffle--and, if you think about it, that really is a shame. Despite all the bad news we are subjected to daily, we all have so many things to be thankful for. Thanksgiving gives us a great opportunity to reflect on all of our blessings, even if it's just one day a year!

Like the holiday itself, decorating for the day also sometimes gets overlooked. With the anticipation of the extensive efforts Christmas decorating requires, it seems tempting to limit our preparations for Thanksgiving to the food (no small feat in itself) and call it a day.

Everyone knows that even a delicious dinner benefits from a little ambiance, and the good news is that Thanksgiving decorating can be fairly simple--in fact, some of the same decorations that were just used for Halloween can be pressed into service for an encore performance on Thanksgiving! With a short trip to the garden center and a walk around your neighborhood or yard, you will have a wealth of materials to create the perfect setting for your Thanksgiving celebration.

Chances are you still have some un-carved pumpkins left over from your Halloween decorating. Use your pumpkins on your front porch combined with some potted chrysanthemums or ornamental cabbage or kale. Use pots of different heights and shapes to provide visual interest for an eye-catching display visible from the street.

Now for the front door--decorate a straw- or moss-covered wreath form with your choice of the following items: branches of colorful foliage, fall flowers, Indian corn, berries, tiny pumpkins and/or gourds, miniature pomegranates, apples, pears, oranges, acorns and small pine cones, and finish it off with a bow made of raffia or burlap. Choose either fresh or faux materials, or use a mixture of both (the more perishable items, such as flowers and some of the fruit should probably be faux, to extend the life of your wreath).

Cut flower arrangements lend a special feeling to the home wherever and whenever they are used. During the fall, focus on using materials more conducive in color and texture to the season. Good choices for flowers are calendula, gaillardia, coreopsis, sunflowers, orange roses and orange alstroemeria. Plants with colorful foliage like ginkgo, maple, Chinese pistache, liquidambar and nandina provide added texture and color. Add some berry sprays from California holly, nandina or pyracantha along with some ornamental grass plumes and you will have a memorable arrangement.

Seating areas such as couches, chairs and love seats can undergo an inexpensive seasonal makeover by simply changing the throw cushions. Substitute lighter fabrics for heavier richer ones and change bright or pastel colors to warmer, muted tones. Add a comfy afghan or throw to create a truly cozy atmosphere.

Last but not least, we need to decorate the holiday table. Using a faux autumn-themed garland, create a serpentine pattern down the center of the table, lengthwise. Choose several (an odd number is best) bright red apples or miniature pumpkins. Hollow out a space (on the stem end) of each apple or pumpkin just large enough to accommodate a votive candle. Insert one votive candle in each piece of fruit or pumpkin and place them sporadically on either side of garland. Light the candles and count your blessings!

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Garden Primer

Why don't people use cow manure as much nowadays?

Answer:
Because it's smelly and no fun to handle! Actually, steer manure has always been considered a good cheap fertilizer, and many old timers still swear by it. The problem is that uncomposted steer and chicken manure are high in salts, which can burn (or even kill) plants while raising the pH of the soil. Uncomposted manure is also offensive to your neighbors' noses, unless you live on a large lot out in the country. Fresh manure can also carry diseases and parasites.

With the advent of so many great all-organic fertilizers, there's really no need to add manure to your garden. You can get much better and more balanced results with regular feedings of organic plant foods, without the manure.

If you really want to use manure on (or near) your food garden, please use sterilized/composted manure. It's much safer than fresh, and doesn't have as much odor.

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