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Pumpkins add to fall decoration
Pumpkins are among the most globally loved fruits. And itís well deserved. They provide us with guilty pleasure by giving us the opportunity to play with our food. We carve them, paint them, dress them up, spangle them, light them and generally toss them around.
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Fall is spiderís season of love
Send the children from the room. Normally this is a family column, but in celebration of October, I want to share a Halloween love story.

Recently, I was asked if itís true that spiders scream while mating. A friend had read this in the Fort Collins paper, and wanted to know if itís true. This set me to thinking ...

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Fall is best time to improve a lawn
Fall and winter are times when many people forget about yard care, shutting the door on yard work when they put the lawn mower away for the season. This is understandable ó out of sight, out of mind. However, of all the seasons where proper lawn care is essential for success, fall should be at the top of the list.
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Prepare winter garden
Obsessed gardeners will spend as much time caring for the health of their plants as they do enjoying the blooms and food gardens produce. Each season brings with it a list of chores that promote good plant health. In the fall, perennial beds and borders should be cleaned up after plants stop growing for the season. This will remove insects, their eggs and any disease organisms that may over-winter on fallen leaves.

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Stay in shape with garden workouts
In fall, gardeners need to make the most of the exercise program that the garden offers. Stretch-n-tone raking, composting for strength training or aerobic lawn care all deliver top results in beautifying body and soil.
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Preserve the fall garden, savor the taste of itís bounty
I guess Iím an old fashioned girl. I prefer to savor each season, one by one, instead of leaping over one in anticipation of another. Fall is sadly overlooked in anticipation of the winter feast days, sad because of all that is missed by ignoring the seasonís bounty.
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