Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread - October 24-30, 2020
Posted on 10/24/2020 6:15:08 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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Big week, in general, & in the garden.
First of all, I had a really bad fall week before last. Came close to losing an eye and breaking an arm black eye & lots of bruises & reinjured a leg that was healing up from a groin injury (grrrrrr!). Because of this, I now have garbage pickup service (there is a connection I'll spare you the details). No more trips to the dump with cans of maggoty bags. I cannot tell you what a relief this is and a load off of me. Wrangling the heavy trash cans into the pickup (which was killing my back/sciatica) & dealing with the nasty mess is not something I will miss. Every time I see the new trash can, it gives me a huge lift.
This was the week I pulled the hummingbird feeders. They have been cleaned out & disinfected, ready to store for next year. The local birding folks suggest still leaving them out for vagrant birds migrating through. We still have lots of tithonia blooms and I have a garden full of zinnias any birds coming through will have plenty of natural flower sources on which to feed. It was sad to bring in the feeders first year I've fed hummingbirds and they were a real joy and a aerobatic show to watch. I have a couple of Monarch butterflies visiting the zinnias . beautiful!
Last but not least, yesterday I finished building a compost bin. I spend about $50/year buying LeafGro compost. The price has gone up significantly from when I first started buying LeafGro it has made a huge difference in my raised bed soil quality. Our maple leaves are dropping leaves right now and I haul trailers full to dump in the woods (stupid, right?). Anyway, I took my herb square, originally a sandbox decades ago for my nieces/nephews, and turned it into a bin. A little poultry fencing, wire, boards repurposed from old fence we took down . voila, a compost bin! I was so tired yesterday, I only got the first two layers in (leaves, grass clippings), along with a little fertilizer & soil. I am hoping to get it cooking so I will have compost by spring. My 4 new raised beds (galvanized) came in yesterday & I picked them up still need to put them together. I've got great dirt to put in the beds, but it does need compost added to soften the dirt up.
Happy Fall everyone . counting my blessings and enjoying the gorgeous weather!
The indoor garden is in full swing. A few more pots to go and I will have pictures, I am having trouble getting lemon thyme to propagate. I was successful with mint, oregano, basil (it flowered and Ill need a new one) and lemon verbena. I guess four out of five isnt bad.
Lot of dill coming up with seeds I saved. I actually gave away a bunch of seedlings to friends.
Moving a couple outdoor pots this week to be against my building. Theyll get better sun and be against the bricks. Las Year my sage didnt really die and I had several things live to December.
My Swiss Chard is producing enough for twice weekly I cup harvest.
And, yes Diana, we are getting pretty leaves too, on my walk Thisbe is a lovely maple tree. Its close enough to a street lamp that its almost illuminated. In the predawn mist Its so beautiful.
My Cardinal Climbing Vine that I planted late, hoping to see some blooms, is now blooming like crazy! Hummingbirds evidently love the flowers, so that's another source of food for any late migrating birds. I have set up two trellises for the Cardinal Vines next year (different from what they're growing on now) .. the trellises were a find at the dump in the Too Good To Throw Away section I love a good 'find'.
Our RV is closed up for the winter and we are back home.
Barb is going through the pantry out on the side deck. It is heated and has a small A/C for the summer.
I am extending the roof over the deck extension from my shop deck. It will provide protected space for the second pallet of wood pellets. We took delivery of them, two weeks ago.
I learned a hard lesson. The shop deck is about 6 lower than the extension and getting the one ton pallet down and stored nearly killed me! As soon as the first pallet is empty, I will add a raised platform where the pallet is stored so that future pallets can be easily moved into position with the pallet jack.
More fall work for the garden. Next week, I am going to get a bucket load of compost from the transfer station and amend our raised beds.
Lotsa work to do.
No veggie news from here today.
We plan to make a big tub of Thai chicken noodle soup today for lunch.
Left over chicken in the freezer, soba noodles, plenty of Thai spices...
We were starting to get some good fall colors and then had two days of high wind which dried them out and turned them brown. Also blew a lot down.
Coronavirus: Supermarkets in Wales have cordoned off ‘non-essential items’ - shoppers are furious
A sign in the store reads: “Following latest government public health restrictions, we are unable to sell certain items, including plants & flowers, general merchandise, homeware or clothing.”
Plants and flowers. No mention of seeds. Gretchen wHitler outlawed seeds in Michigan this past Spring. Walmart here has none at the moment. We’ll see if they have them in Spring. I think I have plenty and hardly any are hybrids. I’ll buy more heirlooms online soon and get into seed saving this coming year.
Covid has shown us that some in government would love to control every aspect of our lives and that they don’t think we need certain things.
The pepper plants I moved indoors lost all their blossoms (stems and all), so I was sure all was lost. No viable south or southwest-facing windows, so I left them in the east picture window, which gets wonderful sun.
The plants are, however, getting LOTS of baby leaves, and I’m taking that as a sign of possible survival through to the spring. We’ll see. But I really am hopeful. :-)
The tarragon has unfortunately died, but it was sort of a weak plant when I bought it, so I’ll make sure to go to the nursery early next spring, instead of waiting till the last minute.
Or NOT to rake.
That is the question.
Whether tis nobler to leave the leaves to mulch and nurture the soil,
Or to wear out arms against them, raking the garden?
To sleep...the bulbs all winter, perchance to dream of color in Spring,
Or to wait,
Until that dam Oak is finally through dropping its leaves to rake rake rake.
Got my garlic all finished.
All tucked in nice and cozy with a good layer of straw.
Get your seeds online.
I have found that it’s easier to find heirloom/open pollinated seeds there than in the stores.
a hard frost came on Wednesday night, but I still dug up two big pepper plants, cut them back, replanted them in potting soil and will try to over winter them in the house because apparently if you do, it gives the plants a big head start in producing the next season....
but then SNOW came on Friday.....3 inches about....I still had a lot of garden work to do...hell, I still was nibbling at some green pole beans a couple of days ago....
but my garlic is in as of two weeks ago so there's that....
indoor plants are surviving...
looking forward to seed catalogues and my advice to everyone is to get seeds as early as you can this year...
The *s* word?
Where do you live?
I never rake - I let the wind do it’s thing. ;)
‘Skip the Rake and Leave the Leaves for a Healthier, Greener Yard’
I’ll be back later today to comment and answer questions - ‘Goof Off Day’ with my Mom & Sister...
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