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Lisa Allmendinger on October 11th, 2017

On Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. stop by The Garden Mill for a pumpkin decorating party. We’ll supply the pumpkins and decorating supplies – you supply imagination and enthusiasm. The result: a charming, spooky, or hilarious jack-o-lantern to take home. Pumpkins and decorations are free. Limit one per person. Open to […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 7th, 2017

(Publisher’s note: Part one published yesterday.) By Jennifer Fairfield Flower Garden: As I mentioned, October is the time to plant bulbs. Spring-blooming bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, and alliums, planted now, make spring-time beautiful. Bulbs can be planted any time before the ground freezes, but I usually wait until we’ve had at least […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 9th, 2017

By Jennifer Fairfield, owner of the Garden Mill (Part one ran yesterday.) Flowers, Trees and Shrubs: September is a great time to plant new perennials, trees, and shrubs. Take advantage of the sales many garden centers have at this time of year, and get the plants in early so that they have time to get […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 8th, 2017

By Jennifer Fairfield, owner of the Garden Mill I’m starting a new feature this month in response to the myriad requests for recommendations that I get. People often ask me what I use for certain tasks in my yard or garden, and I am happy to share that information. But it occurs to me that […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 4th, 2017

By Jennifer Fairfield, owner of the Garden Mill This month, the Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, earwigs, cutworms, and tomato hornworms will be trying to consume all your hard work – don’t let them. The Japanese beetles I was fighting last month are still the biggest issue this month, and from what I hear from customers, I’m […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 8th, 2017

By Jennifer Fairfield July should be harvest time for many crops. Spring crops, such as lettuce, spinach, and peas will mostly finish producing this month, while summer crops, such as zucchini, cucumbers, and early tomatoes will just be getting started by the end of the month. Garlic Garlic is generally ready for harvest between mid-July […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 10th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield for the information in this column. Part one ran yesterday.) If you’re hoping to grow flowers, and haven’t gotten those seeds or plants in the ground yet, don’t wait much longer. If you’re putting in plants, don’t forget to mulch around them when you plant. Mulch is […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 9th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield owner of the Garden Mill for the information in this column. Part two will run tomorrow.) Don’t let things get in your way this month – it’s time to get planting: If you haven’t gotten your warm-weather vegetable and herb plants in yet, you should do that […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 6th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of the Garden Mill, for the information in this column. Part one published yesterday.) Trees and shrubs: Prune summer-blooming shrubs now, but wait to prune early bloomers until after blossoms have finished, as you will be cutting off blooms at this point. Tree pruning should only […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 5th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of the Garden Mill, for the information in this story. Part two will publish tomorrow.) Well, the weather lately has been living up to its reputation in Michigan – unpredictable. We had fabulous, warm, sunny weather for a little bit, sandwiched in between some chilly (ok […]

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