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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-05-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | SEPTEMBER 4-10, 2019 AT HOME / ENTERTAINMENT 7 End the growing season with an extra burst of color and nutrition with a few fall containers. A pot of mums or asters can add color to your front steps and a container filled with kale and greens adds fresh flavor to your fall meals. But don't stop there. Create attractive potted gardens by combining asters, mums, grasses, cool weather edibles and other fall beauties. Spruce up an existing container by replacing weather worn annuals with fresh fall favorites. Pansies, sweet alyssum and dianthus are just a few annuals that hit their stride as cooler weather returns. Or plant new container gardens for your fall landscape. Just select a pot with drainage holes and fill it with a quality planting mix. Or upcycle items like a wicker basket, small bushel basket, wooden crate or galva- nized tub into a fun fall planter. Just add drainage holes before planting. Or scoop out a pumpkin and set a pot of pansies or ornamental peppers inside. Use ornamental grasses, kale, black-eyed Susans and Swiss chard for vertical interest. Complement your plantings and containers with garden art, gourds, mini pumpkins and berry-covered branches. Add a mum or aster for a vibrant surge of color. Include some trailing plants like golden moneywort, trailing lobelia and ivy. Fill any voids with snapdrag- ons, ornamental peppers, colorful greens and coral bells. Just be sure to protect peppers and any other frost- sensitive plants on those chilly nights. Grow a container of Bright Lights Swiss Chard, colorful leaf lettuce and pansies – the flowers are edible – for an attractive and edible combina- tion. Make your fall centerpiece an edible part of your gatherings. Fill a metal colander or basket with red dragon arugula, red mizuna mustard, red sails lettuce, bull's blood beets and other colorful greens in a metal colander or basket for your outdoor gatherings. Test your container designs while shopping. Grab a cart and gather the plants you would like to grow. See if the colors and textures work well together. The bold leaves of plants like ornamental cabbage contrast with the fine leaves of ornamental grasses to create a focal point. Repeat colors from the flowers or leaves of one plant to another to unify your planting. For example, use a purple aster or pink mum to echo the colors of decorative kale, pansies or the col- orful leaf stems of Swiss chard. Set containers on the front steps as a colorful autumn welcome. Group several containers together for a garden of containers to display on the deck, patio or balcony. This col- lection of container gardens is sure to brighten your day when relaxing outdoors or enjoying the view from inside the house looking out. Go one step further and create a stunning autumn display by com- bining fall planters with gourds, decorative squash and pumpkins. Use corn stalks or broom corn for vertical interest or as a backdrop. Then include bales of hay to elevate a few of the pots and pumpkins for multiple levels of fall beauty. Dress it up further with sprigs of American bittersweet, grape vines and other fall décor. A few fall planters can go a long way to help celebrate the transition from summer to winter. The last blaze of color will warm you as the temperatures start to drop. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including "Small Space Gardening." She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Anything" DVD series and the nationally syndicated "Melinda's Garden Moment" TV and radio segments. Myers' website,, features gardening videos, podcasts, audio tips and monthly gardening checklists. Plant a few edible and decorative containers for fall By MELINDA MYERS PHOTO BY MELINDA MYERS LLC Mix ornamen- tal and edible plantings in fall container gardens for some added color and nutrition. 16th annual Providence Improv Fest runs Sept. 12-14 PROVIDENCE – From Sept. 12 to 14, North America's top improv comedians will descend upon downtown Providence's AS220 for three nights of laughs and perfor- mances made up completely on the spot for the 16th annual Providence Improv Fest. Shows will run simultaneously on AS220's Main Stage and the AS220 Black Box Theater. Individual tick- ets for each show are $10 or audi- ences can see an unlimited number of shows with a festival pass for $35. This year's PIF features a wide array of performers and improvi- sational styles, with groups from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York City, Los Angeles, Vermont, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Florida, and more. Featured groups include: Nnamdel of Los Angeles compris- ing two veteran improvisers out of the famed Second City theater; The Code Switch of New York City; Les Productions de L'Instable from Montreal, a bilingual, music- based improv show; and Rameaka and Waltien of NYC, a duo of improvisers and actors who have been seen on stage and screen. Local groups get a big spotlight too. PIF is produced in partner- ship with Wage House Theater in Pawtucket and the Providence Improv Guild, who will feature ensembles such as Sow What, an all-female troupe, and Kate and Casey, a long-standing duo out of Pawtucket. Groups from Wakefield's Contemporary Theater Company, and local teen group Trinity Zoo will also make appear- ances. Improv Jones of Providence will be making their 16th appear- ance at the fest, a mainstay in the community they have been per- forming in for over 25 years. In addition, the event will feature a family-friendly pay-what-you- can show, with all proceeds going directly to support The Manton Avenue Project, on Saturday at 5 p.m. featuring Warwick's Bring Your Own Improv. Tickets and festival passes can be purchased at Providenceimprovfest. com, where more information can be found on showtimes, featured acts, and workshops. Elise Vetri Keller Williams Leading Edge Cell: 401-651-1138 Elise Vetri Realtor Silver Pines Condominiums, in North Smithfield, RI WE HAVE NEW INVENTORY AVAILABLE! Long Awaited One Level in the premier section of the development. Two Level Townhouse. Both with 2 BR, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage! Call Elise today for details. All units have a 2 Car Garage, Pet Friendly Community, Affordably Priced Low interest financing options available Call today for your private viewing and see what everyone is talking about! Prices as low as $309,900

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