Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Pansies and kale sparkle in the fall

If fall decorating is on your “to-do” list, you might want to widen your horizons beyond the usual pumpkins and mums. Have you ever tried fall pansies or ornamental kale? These plants are more frost-tolerant than mums, so you can enjoy them even after the inevitable fall frost.

Most people plant pansies in spring. Pansies are cold-hardy, so they can be planted before most other spring flowers. What you may have overlooked is how pansies can extend your gardening season in fall. This is even more true of ornamental kale, which really starts to sizzle after the killing frost.

Pansies like cool weather, so any pansies you planted this past spring fizzled out in the summer heat. Now is the time to find some to replace the tired annuals in your planters and flower beds. If you get them started now, they’ll be lush and covered with blooms by Halloween. Pansies shrug off frost and even snow, so they will entertain you well past Thanksgiving.

Ornamental kale can make a dramatic show in places where you need something larger and sturdier than pansies. They combine very well with evergreen shrubs, and make a terrific display around your mailbox or along walks and drives. After the killing frost, when the rest of your flowers have long since faded, the colors of ornamental kale are brighter than ever.

If you’re looking for some fall color for decorating, consider ornamental hot pepper plants. Their fruit is bright red or purple, and they liven up your Halloween arrangements quite nicely. Cockscomb are also very colorful right now. There’s also that classic fall standby, Indian corn. Bunches of these colorful kernels can really brighten up floral displays both indoors and outdoors.

If you stop by our nursery for any of the above-mentioned fall color specialties, you might want to look at adding some permanent fall color to your landscape. In addition to the classic “burning bush”, we have fall-blooming perennials and berry-bearing shrubs that liven up the garden at this time of year. A well planned garden includes plants like turtleheads, a colonizing perennial with perky pink flowers that attract hummingbirds in fall. Sedums are in their glory during September and October, and the sedum family includes both creeping ground covers and mounding shrub-sized clumps of color.

My point: now that cooler weather makes gardening a pleasure again, why not give your garden a fresh shot of color? From cheerful pansies to classic holly bushes, there are lots of choices to make your fall landscape sparkle.

Steve Boehme and his wife Marjorie own GoodSeed Nursery & Landscape, located near Winchester, Ohio at 9736 Tri-County Highway. More information is available at www.goodseedfarm.com or call (937) 587-7021.

Cold-hardy pansies can add some log-lasting fresh color for fall decorating. (GoodSeed Farm photo)

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Cold-hardy pansies can add some log-lasting fresh color for fall decorating. (GoodSeed Farm photo)

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