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questions

I applied commercial compost and hardwood mulch to an area where I am establishing a small garden. I did a few soil tests on the area and the results indicated the nitrogen was depleted. I intend to spread a bag of dried blood to rectify this problem When is the best time to apply the dried blood?

I have houseplants outside that I will need to bring indoors. What is the lowest temperature at which I can leave them outside?

My lilac had a grayish blight on the leaves this summer. What caused this and how can I prevent it?