Southern Gardening: Mari-mums are marvelous for fall landscapes, gardens – Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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Southern Gardening: Mari-mums are marvelous for fall landscapes, gardens – Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Late summer means it’s time for another round of garden activities.

This past weekend, I finally transplanted my fall tomato crop. Several varieties of heirloom determinant tomatoes will start producing about the third week of September and continue all the way to the first hard frost.

I also changed things up for my fall vegetable garden and transplanted some of my favorite dwarf French marigolds. I think French marigolds are perfect for the fall.

In fact, there’s a long-standing practice in the Southern states of planting all kinds of marigolds instead of the traditional fall garden mum. This is due to their nonstop color display of yellow, orange and rusty-red flowers. These earthy and warm colors are perfect for any autumnal decoration and display.

Fall-planted marigolds also have a special name: mari-mums. I like them because their color lasts longer than traditional garden mums.

There are a couple of types that are perfect for the
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