Crockpot Turkey Meatballs   

2.5 lbs. Ground Turkey 
1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs 
½ cup Grated Parmesan 
½ cup Minced Onion
2 Eggs 
3 T. fresh parsley 
2 tsp. dried basil 
3-4 Garlic Cloves,
1 tsp. Pepper 
1 tsp. Salt
(2) 15 oz. jars purchased Marinara sauce    
Mix together all of the meatball ingredients until well combined. Using roughly 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture at a time, form into rounded meatballs and carefully place into the crock pot with the sauce. Make sure the meatballs are nearly covered with the sauce and secure the lid. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Serve over spaghetti squash.

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Now's the Time to Think Spring!
Spring Bulbs, that is 
Daffodils, hyacinths and smaller bulbs such as crocus, grape hyacinth and Siberian squill will do best when you plant them by mid-to late October. Tulips tolerate late planting better, but it's still best to get them in as soon as possible.

Be sure to water the bulbs after you plant them and then about once a week until the ground freezes, unless we have regular rain. Watering is important because bulbs need to start growing roots this fall in order to make it through winter.

Once the soil freezes, mulch the bulbs with several inches of straw or leaves. Mulching helps protect bulbs from severe cold as well as from warming too rapidly in spring, which can cause bulbs to emerge too early, only to freeze when the weather turns cold again.

Photo credit: Stephanie Town
Grape hyacinth are wonderfully fragrant and deer will leave them alone.

Photo credit: Stephanie Town
Allium giganteum produces 4" blue spheres atop 40" stems that everyone in the neighborhood comments on.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Town
Try planting some of the other, lesser-known bulbs and you'll be amazed
by the variety of sizes, colors, forms and smells you'll discover next spring.
Pictured here, Fire and Ice Tulip.

For more information on planting bulbs in the fall for spring color. 
Wasting Away
Pin oaks should come with warning labels: " Do not plant this tree in crappy post construction soils. Doing so will cause injury and death." Tree selection is one of the most important considerations when deciding on the right tree is for the right place. Often there is a dizzying array of factors swirling around in our minds; sun/shade, mature size, form, hardiness, fall color, messiness, and disease. But the landscape below ground remains hidden and soil conditions are often unknown.

Pin oaks (Quercus palustris) suffer from iron chlorosis when planted in high pH (alkaline) soils. Chlorosis is a fancy name for yellowing of plant foliage due to a lack of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll produces the green coloration in leaves, and iron is an essential component. Oh sure, there is plenty of iron in the soil, but high soil pH prevents the iron from being absorbed by the tree. If trees cannot produce enough green chlorophyll to feed themselves, they essentially starve to death.

Affected trees have yellow leaves with dark green veins, angular brown spots, and brown, curled leaf margins. In severe cases, leaf color may change from yellow to white to brown. After suffering from chlorosis for a period of years, branches and twigs may begin to die. Eventually, the tree dies. Other trees similarly susceptible include red maple and river birch. Chlorosis is often most severe in areas where topsoil has been removed, exposing clay subsoil, as in new housing developments. Pin oak prefers moist, rich, acid (pH 7 or lower), well-drained soil. A simple $25 soil test can tell you the soil pH and is well worth the money in the long run.

Correcting the iron chlorosis problem can be painful for the property owner. The best advice is avoid Pin Oak when the pH is too high.

Pin oak with characteristic yellow leaves of iron deficiency.

The same pin oak, one year later.

Three pin oaks with severe chlorosis at a retail store in 2013

The same trees in 2015. Dead, declining trees can be an eyesore for shoppers.

Chlorosis of maple leaf showing green veins.

For more information on preventing and treating Iron Chlorosis in trees and shrubs.
Thanks for reading. Happy Planting!    


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