In Julia Henry’s Digging Up the Remains, a festive fall is in full swing in Goosebush, Massachusetts, but when a snoopy reporter is felled by foul play, it’s up to protagonist Lilly and her Garden Squad to spook out a killer.
This captivating read is the perfect excuse to steep a cup of your favorite tea, pull together an assortment of teatime sweets, and take a seat in your favorite chair with this new Cozy Corner mystery from Kensington Publishing. Don’t forget to enjoy exclusive fall gardening tips from Julia Henry below!
Companion Gardening: Often one plant supports another by being nearby. Flowers and vegetables can be potent combinations. There’s lots of information available online.
Trouble with deer, squirrels or rabbits? Try dusting your plants with cayenne pepper.
Compost! Shredded paper, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, crushed eggshells. Organic material that is not meat or dairy can be com- posted. Not only is it good for your garden, it’s good for the environment.
Save all your coffee grounds, then when you break up your garden soil come spring, mix the grounds in. Worms love coffee grounds because they make it easier for them to travel. The more worms you get, the more aeration your plants get and all the worm poo is fertilizer. Freeze your grounds all year until you can use them in your garden.
Use your chopped-up leaves from your fall cleanup as a natural mulch and plant protector in the winter (again, saving on landfill use).
Watering and mulching newly planted shrubs and plants is the most important thing you can do within the first few weeks to help get them established.
If plants consistently die in one area of your yard, test your soil to see if there may be a fungal disease and talk to your local garden center about soil treatment before replanting.
Create a haven for bees and butterflies by using plants to attract them. Monarch butterflies feed exclusively on milkweed and nectar-filled, colorful butterfly bushes attract both butterflies and bees. You can also provide protective places for them, such as wooden houses specifically made to give them shelter.
Don’t constrict yourself to planned gardens and what you think you should grow. Plant things that make you happy so that maintaining your garden is a joy rather than a chore.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julia Henry lives in Massachusetts, where she sets her mystery series. As Julianne Holmes she writes the Clock Shop Mystery Series, and as J.A. Hennrikus she writes the Theater Cop series. She blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Killer Characters, tweets as @JHAuthors, is on Instagram @JHAuthors, and on Facebook. Julie works in the arts, teaches, and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Visit her at www.JHAuthors.com.