Fall Fun in Salem & Roanoke

Are you looking for a little fall fun in Salem or Roanoke, VA?  There’s a lot going on in the area in the next few months.  Of course, you don’t need an official event to have your own fall fun.  There’s a lot you and your family can do on your own. Love theater?  The Showtimers of Roanoke Valley theater is hosting a run of Dracula through the end of September. There are great art exhibits going on all around these two cities.  The Smoyer Gallery, the Olin Gallery, the Taubman Museum of Art, and the History Museum of Western Virginia all have some great exhibits coming during the next few months.  History buffs will be interested in the History Museum’s Miles of Memories exhibit, which is set up using scrapbook-like panels displaying some of the biggest moments in the area’s history. If you want to get out and learn something new, how about learning the rumba?  The Green Ridge Recreation Center will be hosting an intermediate Rumba class every Saturday through October 20. The West End Community Market will be head every Tuesday for the next few months.  While some people might wonder why that would be considered fun, it can be very fun for those who love perusing fresh fruits and vegetables and talking with those who grow them. Love Celtic music?  On October 3, the award-winning Celtic Thunder will be performing live. The Vinton Fall Festival and 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for October 13.  This fun event is held annually and includes crafts, food, live entertainment, monster truck rides, and much more. But if you can’t make it to any of these events, you can always make your own fun.  You can play in the park while it’s still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors.  You can have a picnic, go camping, or just play outside with the kids or with your animals.  When it gets a bit colder, you can set up a fire pit outdoors and warm yourself around...

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Indoor Gardening Tips

Are you thinking about moving your garden indoors?  Maybe you’ve moved to a small apartment with no space for a garden, or perhaps you live in a cold climate where it’s just too difficult to grow flowers outdoors.  If you’re considering an indoor garden, here are a few tips. •    Not all plants and flowers do well indoors.  Make sure the flowers you’re looking to plant will thrive inside. •    Remember that the air indoors is very different from the air outdoors.  Keep your indoor plants and flowers out from hot air and air conditioning vents.  Also be sure that they are grown in rooms that don’t get too cold or too hot. •    Be sure to water your indoor flowers regularly! •    Make certain your plants get enough sunlight.  If they don’t, they’ll start to look frail and fragile.  Remember that plants will grow towards the light, so you may need to rotate your pots every now and then. •    Wash off your plants every now and then.  Dust and other grime to occasionally build up on indoor plants, so be sure to clean them off with a spray bottle. •    Remember to add some fertilizer to your plants on a regular basis because nutrients get flushed out of the soil every time you water them. •    Don’t use soil from your garden for the pots.  It may have insects, weeds, and other unhealthy things in it.  Instead, be sure to get good potting soil from a nursery.  In addition to being clean, this soil contains extra nutrients and fertilizer. With a little work, you’ll have a gorgeous indoor garden in no time!  Need some starter plants?  We’ve got some great flowering plants for delivery in Roanoke,...

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