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September 28, 2012

Have bulbs to plant? Don't just yet

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Cut any of the long strands of ivy whenever you need to and root them in water or in soil. In about a month, the cutting will have formed enough roots to need a pot of its own — all of your friends can have a house-eating ivy!

Bathe the plant to keep it clean and dust-free, and fertilize with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer monthly, except in midsummer and midwinter.

This week’s dirt

Has the end of summer and the planting season got you down? Don’t feel sad — now it’s the beginning of the planning season. Gardeners have a wonderful opportunity: If something doesn’t work this year, not to worry! You will get a “do-over” next spring and every year after. And you still have plenty of time to buy/order a few more spring bulbs ... and rake leaves.

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North Shore Gardener by Barbara Barger of Beverly is a feature of Friday’s Lifestyles section. Reach Barbara by email at nsgardener@comcast.net or write to her c/o The Salem News, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915. Previous North Shore Gardener columns can be found at www.nsgardener.com.

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