Get the most from you pineapple. Try recycling it into a houseplant. First, twist off the leafy top of the fruit and let it dry 1 week. Then, peel off the 4 bottom leaves. Place it in an 8-inch clay pot filled with 1⁄3rd sand and 2/3rds potting soil. Keep it slightly moist as overwatering causes rot and place it in a warm place with filtered light.Soon the plant will begin to grow anew. You may even see it produce another fruit which emerges from the top of the plant.
Gardeners are by nature, adept weather watchers. Some of us are better with pictures than with words. This is also true with weather predictions. Thanks to the National Center for Atmospheric Weather (NCAR), here is a link to a great web site that graphically shows you the next 48 hours of weather. It is helpful in allowing you to envision where the fronts are coming from and the severity of the future weather. See the link here.
Before it gets really cold, check the garage, storage shed and yard for a roundup of your tools, sprinklers and hoses.
• Scrape the dirt off the tools and rub vegetable oil on the handles and blades to prevent rust and wood cracks.
• Drain and store your sprinklers and hoses.
• If water is left in plastic sprinklers, ice may form and crack them if they are stored where it gets below freezing. Don’t forget to bring in water timers too!
• Check and clean out the gutters. This can prevent possible basement flooding.
• Sweep your chimney to prevent a chimney fire. If you are comfortable getting up on and being up on your roof you can purchase a chimney sweep tool and do this yourself.
• Rake up your leaves and compost them or use a blower/vac to suck them up which also grinds them into a fine mulch that you can apply to your growing beds. You can also mow your leaves into tiny pieces with an electric or gas powered mower which makes a great soil amendment for your lawn.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is out for 2012 – 2013 and it doesn’t look good for the Rocky Mountains, although Cheyenne is predicted to be “wet and mild.” We suppose that that is better than “dry.” Click here to view the map Here is where you can find out more about the Old Farmer’s Almanac: Click here