Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/17/2018

We just sold our model home in Stoney Ridge Estates!  Out of 60 home sites, we have only 14 left to be built on!  Don't delay!  This is your chance to live in Dighton's premier,one-of-a-kind neighborhood.  We also have a beautifully finished one-level custom ranch loaded with amenities ready for occupancy and are currently building a two-level custom home which will be ready in 60 days!  Call JoAnn Drabble for more information at 508-930-1711 or email JoAnn at joanndrabble@comcast.net
 





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/17/2018

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Last home available to purchase in The Pines, and then we are SOLD OUT!!  Step into this designer ranch style home loaded with amenities(over $20,000 in builder's upgrades).  This home is under construction and will be ready in 60 days!  Offered at $429,900.  Call JoAnn Drabble for more information at 508-930-1711 or email JoAnn at joanndrabble@comcast.net



 





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/10/2018

Check out more details about the home here: http://joanndrabble.com/detail.asp?listingID=72268483&searchtype=byagent&agentid=BB980438

Last home available to purchase in The Pines, and then we are SOLD OUT!!  Step into this designer ranch style home loaded with amenities(over $20,000 in builder's upgrades).  This home is under construction and will be ready in 60 days!  Offered at $429,900.  Call JoAnn Drabble for more information at 508-930-1711 or email JoAnn at joanndrabble@comcast.net



 





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/11/2017

 

October and November are good months to do some gardening and landscaping. Here are just a few things a gardener could -- or should -- be doing

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Lawns

If you have cool-season turf, like fescue or bluegrass, you are about out of time to renovate or overseed your lawn. However, if this is still on your to-do list, be sure your soil pH is around 6.0 to 6.5. A soil test from your county extension service can give you this information, as well as any additional nutrient requirements that might be needed, along with the appropriate amounts to add to your lawn.

However, these reports can take a couple of weeks to get back. Depending on where you live in the country, by then you may have missed your window for this season. Go ahead and add seed now if needed. You can add the required nutrients after you get your report. Keep new grass seed moist. You may have to water briefly several times each day until germination. Try to keep fallen leaves off the seeds without disturbing your seeds in the process.

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Vegetables

It's time to clean up the summer garden. Many pests and diseases over-winter in old plant debris. Get it out of your garden and into the compost pile, as long as it is not diseased. Otherwise, have it removed from your property.

Hopefully you're growing some cool-season crops right now such as broccoli, spinach and lettuce. Floating row covers do a great job of providing a few extra degrees of heat and provide frost protection for those tender young seedlings. Most cool-season crops can handle cooler temperatures than you might imagine, and many taste even better after a few light frosts. If you've never had a fall vegetable garden, you're missing a real treat.

Planting a Tree

Landscaping

Fall is absolutely the best time of year to plant any tree and /or shrub. The soil is still warm enough for roots to actively grow and yet the demand on foliage growth is waning. Trees and shrubs planted now have months to develop a healthy root system before the heat of next year.

Be sure to keep your new plants watered. The drying winds of the cooler weather can quickly dehydrate plants. Check the soil moisture often, and water when needed. For new plantings, provide water once a week in the absence of rain.

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Organic Gardening

Don't waste those fallen leaves. My single biggest job this time of year is rounding up all of my and my neighbor's leaves. As they say, one man's trash is another's treasure. My neighbors are glad to let me take their leaves off their hands.

I dump the leaves onto my grass, and run my mower over them. This shreds them into small pieces, which then get raked into my beds. They break down rather quickly and are a very good way to add organic amendments to my beds. They also pull double-duty, serving as that important layer of mulch over the winter.

Flower Gardening

Plant those bulbs, or at least store them in a cool, dry place like the refrigerator. In cooler climates, plant in October. In southern climates, the best time for bulb planting is in middle to late November. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, iris and hyacinths are all great choices for spring color. This is also the ideal time to divide perennials and plant perennial seeds for next spring.

That should keep you busy for the next few weeks. The best part is that next spring, our efforts will be rewarded with a garden that comes alive, looking better than ever and due in large part to the work we're doing now.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/7/2017

 

Keep the color going in your fall garden with a combination of summer- and late-blooming annuals and perennials.

Butterfly Magnet

Known for its sweet scent, joepye weed blooms from midsummer until frost. Typical height is five to six feet tall. Pinch in early summer to grow a shorter, bushier plant. Plant in full sun to partial shade, in a location sheltered from wind. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10


Super-Easy Annual

You may love zinnias for their non-stop blooming all summer, but they're also a great choice for the late summer to early fall garden. Until first frost, this popular annual continues to serve as a nectar source for butterflies. Mildew and leaf spots are often an enemy of zinnias, but not for 'Double Zahara Cherry'. Its double blooms attract bees and butterflies. Like all zinnias, 'Zahara' is heat tolerant and sun-loving. Winter hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11


Heat Tolerant

Depending on the cultivar, fringed blossoms in yellow, red or orange appear mid to late summer and into early fall on the drought-tolerant, sun-loving blanket flower. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Must deadhead regularly. Attracts butterflies. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10 (Pictured: 'Mesa Yellow')


Another Easy Annual

The white, yellow, red or orange blooms of marigolds linger until frost. Available in a range of sizes from a few inches to a few feet, marigolds love full sun. (Pictured: 'Moonsong Deep Orange')


Mexican sunflower

The Mexican sunflower can produce a explosion of late-season color as long as hot weather continues into early fall. Vibrant orange or red daisy-like flowers bloom on thick stems amid leaves covered in bristly fuzz. Stems can reach up to 6 feet tall and need shelter from strong winds. Plant in a hot, dry area in full sun and well-drained, fertile soil. Heat and drought resistant. Excellent for attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.


Handles Light Frost

A fast-growing beauty that produces spikes of soft pink flowers, twinspur is also tough enough to handle a light frost. Plant in a sunny location with fertile, well-drained soil. Cut back spent stems to bear another round of blooms. Garden height reaches 6-12 inches. USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 10


Autumn Crocus

These relatives of the spring crocus provide a sharp, clear color punch to the early fall garden. Clusters of one to four blossoms appear, minus the leaves, and reach heights of 4-8 inches. Bloom colors range from lavender-pink to light purple. Plant bulbs in full sun with gritty, well-drained soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9


Tolerates Heat, Drought and Poor Soil

A showy centerpiece for that dry part of the garden, strawflower is easy to grow and maintain. Large blooms come in yellow, orange, red, rose, white or pink and may hold up even through the first light frosts. Plant in full sun with well-drained soil. Attracts butterflies. Winter hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11


Osteospermum

Osteospermum is valued for its abundance of daisy-like blooms. 'Serenity Lavender Bliss' has distinctive pinwheel flowers with spoon-shaped petals. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Attracts butterflies. Winter hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11


Showy Blooms

The over-sized, dazzling blooms of 'Dreamtime Jumbo' bracteantha tend to be more controlled and mounded than with other strawflowers. The pure-white blooms perform well in both cool and hot climates. Mature growth height is 10 to 12 inches. Plant in full sun and expect them to remain beautiful until frost. Winter hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11


Flowers for Fall

A cool-weather favorite that forms a tidy mound of starburst blooms with airy, needle-like foliage, Swan River daisy blooms till winter in mild climates (spring to summer in colder areas). Depending on cultivar, flowers come in white, pink, violet or blue and contain either a yellow or black center (here, 'Enduring Blue'). Plant in full sun with rich, well-drained soil. Deadhead for continued flowering. Winter hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 8B


Nemesia

This ideal cool-weather flower adds fragrance, color and an abundance of butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. The foot-tall 'Aromatica Sky Blue' is one of the best in the series: a multitude of airy blooms cover these well-branched plants. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 10


Cool-Weather Flowers

Blue lobelia is typically a shade-tolerant upright bloomer, with dozens of blooms trail up to 3 feet on certain varieties. 'Waterfall Azure Mist' is a more mounded cultivar reaching 8 to 12 inches. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 to 9


Deadheading Required

Whether it's the plume-like, feathery type or the velvety cockscomb variety, celosia is an eye-catching addition to any garden, available in an abundance of vibrant colors. Deadheading is required to continue bloom into the fall. Plant in full sun with rich, well-drained soil. Celosia self seeds. Winter hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 10








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