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Wednesday, Oct 10, a101 , gardening gives plants start for next year ,s t flower output, dig up the plant and divide the root ball with a spadeor t t~ extend your gardeninghatchet into two, three or four pieces. Otherwise, you II miss Make sure you ve got healthy roots and . t(~est gardening opportuni- top growth in each division. Then care- fully replant each piece. This process e of the most rewarding invigorates the plant, and each portion l ns of the year," said Leo will grow more vigorously next spring. o nrticultural consultant. Hardy perennials need a period of dor- o ttime to plant everything mancy with consistently cold soil tem- :.., ulbs and perennials to peratures during the winter. In areas U/ bs in all but the coldest where winters are severe enough to ' aited States" freeze the soil, apply a generous layer of 1 ~V~t~ldervltl'gt, planting in mulch around plants after the ground is ,, ees, shrubs and perenni- frozen. The mulch will keep the soil from pstart" on next year's warming up prematurely in early r:ven though a plant's spring. grownoticeabl its rootsAccording to Nan Pritchard, rose ) blished after planting in buyer for a large company, fall is a great d OWing spring when the time to plant roses and other perennials. i the day length and tern-She recommends using bedding roses, that plant will grow which grow to a mature size of three feet than a similar one that across and three feet high, to refresh til spring, your garden's color in the fall. In the r your bulbs: spring, you 11 be treated to a colorful show all over again. aditiortal time to plant Pritchard also recommends shrubs r-t g bulbs, which need aand perennials that put on fall shows, cffsl ghbefore they bloom, such as Japanese anemones that bloom u, as crocuses and daf. in spring-like colors, deciduous hollies i a pt.planted in early fall after (Rex verticillata) that produce delightful )( bloo-mlnghyacinths red berries, and purple beautyberry wantetl anytime before (Callicarpa dichotoma) that produces-- .is like burying trea- Woodmansee, tulip to plant, so they ivity for kids. a depth of about a foot compost. Plant bulbs in ., and You'll be rewarded brightly colored should be planted ~_ . says that ^root that they will even sideways. Pmunks and squirrels freshly planted bulbs, -- ! bs inside wire cages, or few mothballs into the Your bulbs. Putting a ,Pentine a paper bag i~ulbs YOu II be planting rodents. Just shake the leave them in the bag the turpentine hate the smell of so they'll to divide flowering asters and lIfa perennial has ocation for several noticed a decline in its you guessed it--bright purple berries in the fall. Tool care, sowing seeds and spring planning According to the experts, you can rid your pruners of sticky sap with distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush. Then wipe the clean, dry metal parts with an oil-soaked rag. (Yes, vegetable oil works well.) To extend the life of digging tools and to maintain the resiliency of their wood handles, sand off the varnish and coat the handles with linseed oil. Tools with moving parts, such as carts and pruners, appreciate occasional light lubrication. Keep cutting and digging tools as sharp and efficient as when you gust acquired them by periodic re- sharpening along the existing bevel. "Many kinds of annuals and biennials can be sown in late autumn and will bloom the following spring," said Lois McDonald-Layden, horticulturist. "These include sweet peas, larkspur, cal. endula, nasturtium, snapdragon, annu- als phlox, alyssum, foxglove and poppy. But make sure you mark the seeded areas clearly or you might forget where the seeds are sown come spring!" It's never too early to start planning and dreaming. "Don't wait until next spring to order Even gardeners who admit to having a brown thumb as opposed to a green one can have a beautiful garden next spring by planting bulbs this fall. By late winter or early spring, the first signs will be there to reward gardeners for their patience and timespent in the fall. seed-starting supplies such as heat mats and grow-lights," said Don Zeidler, gar- dening expert. "By getting your garden planned and your supplies ready, you'U be prepared when next spring comes." While many find that fall is the time to watch football and consider other indoor pleasures, it's also a good time to tend to the lawn. BerkshireTM Cast Iron & Stone Gas Stoves by Lopi "The Grid" 35+ Years Experience In Greenville call: 284-6582 (530) 258-3779 Fax ($30) 25a-as40 Zassu Slmm & Spas 2U"Z77g #A)4 Main SL, Clwstm' 604 Main St., Chester E-rnall: aimS.net )