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Sarah Josepha Hale is credited as the person most responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States. She also authored “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.


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Overwintering Tropical Plants

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As the leaves begin to fall and the winter cold moves in, it is time to decide whether or not you are going to bring your tropical plants indoors. While the easy way out is to let them freeze and simply throw them into your compost pile. The thrifty, yet more time consuming option is to bring them indoors to keep until spring. Just because you may live in a colder winter climate does not mean you have to waste the investment that you made on your colorful, dramatic looking tropicals. There are three options that you have to keep them indoors:

Take cuttings
Allow dormancy
Keep the plants active

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IBA: Rooting Itself in the Hort Industry

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Indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) is a plant growth regulator rooting hormone also called an ‘auxin.’ Used to root cuttings in nurseries, greenhouses, and residential use, IBA must be registered with the US EPA. When propagating plants from cuttings, IBA helps root formation. Used as directed, IBA is safe for humans, animals and the environment. Some plant growers formerly purchased IBA from lab suppliers. This practice is illegal. In 2010, the US EPA issued a ‘stop sale order’ for all unregistered IBA and K-IBA from one or more lab suppliers.

When purchasing IBA products, check that they have US EPA registration numbers on the front of the package.

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Extending the Growing Season

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Not ready for the season to be over and don’t have the money for a greenhouse? Think small and build a hotbed. A hotbed is a 3’ x 6’ box with a clear top and heat cables in the bottom. Cool season vegetables can be grown through the winter using a hotbox.

The first thing to decide is the location. A southern exposure will ensure the maximum amount of light. The back of the box should sit up against a building to block the cold north wind and to provide insulation. If a building is not available, then bales of straw will provide the insulation needed.

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