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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:22:41AM

Make time for December gardening projects

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Keep holiday plants in bloom longer by keeping them in a cool area of your home, but out of drafts. Temperatures above 75 degrees and dry air will cause flowers to decline. Poinsettias don’t like over watering. Don’t allow plants to dry out completely, water when the soil surface feels dry.


Poinsettias, the favorite Christmas flower, can be grown in your garden to provide even more brilliant blooms next year.

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Are you feeling the rush of the holiday season? Is it just the shorter daylight hours — or is time moving by at warp speed? If you are feeling frazzled, you’re not alone. You may be suffering from SAD — seasonal affective disorder — the name for the wintertime blues. It’s more prevalent in northern areas where days are even shorter. Light therapy — exposure to bright light with wavelengths mimicking sunlight — is one treatment for it.

Or just get out during the day and work in your garden. Cool weather is here, so there’s no excuse. Make time to just enjoy being outdoors. Spruce up your landscape with some winter annuals such as pansies, petunias and snapdragons.

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