I just received a link to some wonderful varieties of daffodils, tulips & other bulbs that can be planted in the winter. They are lovely…
Today, while I was walking, realized I can make my own row cover by sewing together used dryer sheets. This is very simple. They are a similar thickness. I tried covering 2 squash sprouts this past spring; both plants produced vegetables later on along with a few fruit plants at home (cantaloupe, watermelon and zucchini). I have gotten no zucchini this year, but I do have one watermelon. Next year, I may try seeding earlier because this could help.
In order to make your own row cover, sew dryer sheets together in rows and then sew the rows together. I tried sewing a large square all at once so that I could create a double layer of dryer sheets to try to protect against frost; but this took a lot of time and may not be necessary. If you want a double layer, you may have enough dryer sheets from your laundry that you can sew two sheets, or wrap one sheet around a cage twice.
I’ve been told it looks like ghost… if nothing else, it is appropriate fall decor.
Fall is an important time to think about your soil. If you have poor quality soil, this is an excellent time to add amendments (such as peat moss) or shredded newspaper (which will decompose over the winter and make wonderful soil come spring. If you have a cover crop like (winter rye, a clover, etc.), let it die from a frost and turn it under in the spring before planting (when you can add compost).
In some parts of the USA recently, it has been hot. Depending on your personal preference, this may mean you have perfect days to work outside, or you want to know what you should do to avoid the heat!
It is possible to avoid the heat by doing as much work as possible as early as possible in the day. This may mean getting up a bit earlier to garden or start outdoor chores (such as feeding horses, pulling weeds, planting vegetable starts, etc.). If you’re like me & you are OK with the heat, just make sure you have plenty to drink!
The link talks about plant food, but I really like the image within the page that outlines how to identify a few nutrient deficiencies.
Then, the page continues to discuss nutrient deficiencies: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium & calcium. This is interesting & helpful. It can be made with items most of us already have in our pantries.
It looks like the Midwest will be seeing some cold… Which is why it is important to plan for that. I am hoping to have buckwheat I seeded last year & earlier last month come up; that should help warm the soil. When I’m ready to plant, I can cut it down, spread what I cut down throughout my plot & then seed new plants amidst it. Later on, I will be putting out starts; but I’m thinking I will seed peas, lettuce & some herbs (i.e. basil, lemon balm, etc.) next month.
I’ve not only been planning a garden, but reading to help me with my plans as well.
This month I hope to finish in the next couple months:
- “Getting Grants: The Complete Manual of Proposal Development and Administration” by Alexis Carter-Black in the Self-Counsel Press Business Series
- “Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide” by Peri H. Pakroo, J.D. with nolo.com
- “El Norte: The Epic & Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America” by Carrie Gibson
- “Story’s Guide to Raising Horses” by Heather Smith Thomas
- “Don’t Throw in the Trowl: Vegetable Gardening Month by Month” by Melinda R. Cordell (I plan to use this throughout the year)
- “Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen” by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D (I’ve finished this, but am re-reading some sections)
- “Loving Your Community: Proven Practices for Community-Based Outreach Ministry” by Stephen Viars
Very practical. I like to read on a wide variety of topics.
Just this past week I went to my garden & sowed a cover crop – buckwheat. It was a bit chilly; but I want to have a cover crop to plant in when I’m ready to start peas, basil, thyme & when my lavender comes back (hopefully).
I’ve also been working on making some pixie hats and baby quilts; these are projects in progress…
That would be the Japanese beetles. They’re all over my daisies; but for this reason, they actually aren’t touching my tomatoes or squash as much – because they’re eating plenty off of the daisies. If I can remember I’ll have to post a photo of the leaves of the daisies & other flowers. They’ve been partially gobbled up. The leaves on the vegetable plants have indeed survived though. This is a fantastic thing…