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Henry Homeyer is a life-long organic gardener who has lived in Cornish Flat, NH since 1970 (except for his time in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and country director).He writes a weekly gardening column that appears in 12 newspapers around New England, and has written for the New York Times, The Boston Globe and other newspapers. Henry teaches organic gardening workshops throughout New England at garden shows, clubs, nurseries, public gardens and other venues, and is a regular contributor to NHPR and Vermont Public Radio.

'Tis The Season of Mums and Kale

Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer talks about mums, decorative kale and cabbage, and preparing for fall.

Fall is on the way… what are you doing to prepare?

Summer flowers that are looking tired can be made to look pretty darn good in the fall… I cut them back right about now… I give them some liquid fertilizer and they’ll re-bloom nicely in two or three weeks.

Are there fall plants we should consider buying now?  

Absolutely. I love chrysanthemums, decorative kale or cabbage, and fall asters. I treat them as annuals.

What about mums?

Mums are great… they’ll have up to 300 blossoms in an eight or twelve inch pot. Fabulous color and relatively inexpensive. They’re sold as perennials but I don’t find them worthy as perennials. Next year you might only get fifty blossoms. The main thing you need to do if you’re keeping them in a pot is to keep them well watered.

Is decorative kale the same as decorative cabbage?

It is. It’s an annual usually in greens and purples and sometimes you’ll have a white center. The great thing is that it’s very frost-hardy; if you buy it now and keep it hydrated, it’ll look good almost until Christmas.

For many radio listeners throughout New Hampshire, Rick Ganley is the first voice they hear each weekday morning, bringing them up to speed on news developments overnight and starting their day off with the latest information.
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