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10 Fabulous Fall Party Ideas

Fall is a great time of year for a garden party with the temperatures cool and crisp with spectacular fall foliage and cool breezes. Decorations for a fall harvest garden party are plentiful this time of year and are relatively inexpensive because everything is in season,  so call your friends and invite them over for a Fall Garden Party.













Grab a few bales of straw, cover them with a blanket or rug, and you’ll have all the seating you need.Fall is such a wonderful time of year to be outdoors with the





Begin by lining your walkway with carved pumpkins - - simple carvings to allow light to flow through the pumpkins looks beautiful lining both sides of your entrance. Gather fallen branches that still have the fall leaves on them and arrange them in pots on either side of the doorway or entrance to your backyard or garden.















 If you have a trellis and can move this to the entrance, decorate the trellis with fall leaves and branches to create a warm, inviting fall canopy as your entrance. Keep t…

10 Top Perennial Tulips

Most tulips have a reputation for fizzling out after a couple of years. But if you select the right varieties and give them proper care, you can ensure a brilliant display every spring. Some tulip varieties come back better than others. . To ensure success, we recommend the basics of good Tulip culture: deep planting, regular spring and fall feeding with a bulb fertilizer, deadheading after bloom, allowing the leaves to yellow before removing, and minimal watering in summer. To discover which tulips are good bets for long life, read on.


  1.Go for Gold'Olympic Flame' tulip is a Darwin hybrid tulip, one of the most reliable groups of tulips for perennial performance in the landscape. Its dazzling golden petals erupt with streaks of red, similar to a flickering flame. It grows up to 2 feet tall and blooms in mid- to late spring.
 2.  Cute Candy Cane
'Peppermint Stick' is a variety of species tulip (Tulipa clusiana) that features alternating red and white petals, reminiscen…

A Taste of Fall: Hard Cider

Hard Cider Serves Up Autumn in a Glass

In the United States, the term cider has always referred to apple juice but in England and other European countries cider means an adult beverage made from fermented apples. We know it as hard cider and it's been an American tradition since Colonial days. Now hard cider is back in vogue and has tripled in sales since the trend emerged in 2007.
Why the recent surge in popularity? One reason is because hard cider is a light and refreshing alternative for drinkers who want something other than beer or wine that has a similar or lower alcohol content. It is also a natural gluten free beverage for the wheat intolerant. Like beer and wine, there are so many varieties available in the hard cider world that it's not hard to find the ideal choice—sweet, dry, sharp or bittersweet—to suit your taste. The whole farm to market movement has helped accelerate this trend with apple orchards, especially in the major apple producing states of Washington, N…

10 Fun Fall Porch Decorations

It's officially autumn, and it's high time to change the summer decorations of your beautiful porch onto fall ones.  Use these pretty fall decorating ideas to add pizzazz to your porch this autumn. From gourds and wreaths to full porch displays, you're sure to find beautiful fall inspiration for your front entry.








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Winter Protect Your Roses Now

Roses are an expensive asset to our landscaping, so gardeners need to take a few precautions to protect this valuable asset.With these four easy steps you can be assured of a bounteous display of blooms come spring.
Zone 4-7
1.       1.  Watering Roses During Fall
It is best to continue monitoring the amount of moisture that Mother Nature provides from now through just before the soil is frozen.
Before the soil is likely to stay frozen, you should thoroughly soak the soil so that the roots are well hydrated for the coming colder weather.
      2.Stop Deadheading Rose Blooms
By mid-September, in the colder zones, you should stop the roses from re-blooming by not removing spent blooms. Roses need to store their energy for another season.
So around mid-late September, for repeat-flowering roses, you should start sending messages to the rose bushes, telling them to stop their reproduction efforts and to conserve energy in order to survive the coming winter and bloom again next season.
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Easy, Affordable DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Fall weather brings cooler temperatures but you are  still reluctant to head indoors, so stay outdoors and enjoy these nice cool, crisp autumn evenings with a backyard fire pit.

Bring out the marshmellows or smores and watch the twinkle of stars as you enjoy your own warm, crackling fire.

Create a cozy space for outdoor entertaining with a stone fire pit.


These directions are so easy to follow, anyone can build it.

Tools and Materials:
cast concrete wall stones
cap stones
sand
shovel
tape measure
level
tamper
steel rake

Steps:
Before building a fire pit, check the building codes in your area to get the proper specs and regulations. Choose a spot that is away from your house and away from any low-hanging trees or other structures. Take precautions when digging holes, so that you don’t hit utility lines.
1. Lay out your pavers in a circle in the approximate size and shape of your fire pit. Fire pits should be about 36 to 44 inches in diameter. Our surrounding patio is made from recycle…