Thankful to make a better world - Kodiak Daily Mirror: Marion Owen

Thankful to make a better world

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 am

KODIAK — As we enter Thanksgiving week, I’d like to focus on a few ways we can make a difference to ourselves, our neighbors, our community and our gardens. In a second, I’ll share my all-time favorite pumpkin pie recipe. But I want to cover four easy projects we can accomplish whilst the weather smiles upon us.

— In the garden: It’s not too late to prune your raspberry plants and tend to rhododendrons. Clip out any raspberry canes that bore fruit this last summer. For rhododendron plants, mulch with a layer of leaves around the base of the plants. Pull leaves away from the trunk, however, and don’t put down too thick of a layer. Rhodies are shallow-rooted and need more drainage and air in the root zone than almost all other garden plants. If you live in a windy spot, anchor the leaves with spruce boughs. 

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