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The Newcomer

Never know what you'll find in a book

The book sale set up by one of the leadership teams at the high school has me thinking about putting my garden to bed for the winter.

I bought several books there, and, among them was a gigantic to me on gardening. I had been wondering how to care for my rose bushes-pruning and so forth. I hope that's included in all those pages, but a quick scan didn't bring that information to light.

I think I need to take an hour one of these days soon to see what I can find out. However, it did give me some information on tucking the roses in for the winter. I was surprised to be advised to water them very well at the end of autumn, so they can draw moisture through winter. I was just about ready to put the hose away.

My neighbors have already begun pulling out great masses of vines with green tomatoes still clinging to them, but I couldn't bring myself to root out anything but three tiger lily plants that had turned a lovely autumn yellow and a mint plant. I've been told there is no death for mint, so expect it to pop back up in time for next summer's lemonade.

At that book sale, I also bought a cookbook, specializing in French cooking. Not sure yet what that will inspire, but I think a bottle of wine from one of our valley wineries will probably be called for. Maybe I can learn how to cook a French dish in time for Thanksgiving in Wine Country-that heady time of year celebrated at all the valley wineries.

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