Sweet Peas Add Fragrance to Your Cutting Garden

Sweet peas make great flowers for gardens and bouquets. These pea-like flowering annuals grow in many lovely colors and are suitable for a border, a woodland garden, and a trellis or arch. They emit a wonderful seductive fragrance so pick a convenient spot to enjoy them. Cultivated sweet peas go back at least 300 years. In their native Sicily, these ornamental peas have weak stems and an intense orange-jasmine-honey scent. Modern hybrids are stronger-stalked and have larger blooms. Remember though sweet peas are poisonous, so don't confuse them with other types of edible peas. Method In warmer regions (zone 7 and above) where winter weather is relatively mild, sweet peas can be sown in fall.

Don't Rake -- Leave the Leaves for Wildlife

Fall has arrived — which means leaves are changing color and beginning to fall to the ground. Did you know that leaving the leaves in your yard or garden not only saves you time and energy but also benefits wildlife? Here are a few good reasons to put down the rake: Provide habitat for wildlife: frogs, turtles and salamanders rely on fallen leaves to provide cover and hibernation places; many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring. Provide food for wildlife: creatures like earthworms and millipedes reside in and decompose leaf litter, and also are themselves a source of food for bigger wildlife like birds and toads. Increase fertility of your so

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