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October’s garden checklist

It's late October, but the weather is acting like summer.  The temperatures have been in the 80's all week and it looks like the kiddo's definitely won't need a jacket for Halloween.  I'm not complaining about the weather, but I must admit it's pushed back my usual October schedule of garden and lawn duties. By this time last year, I had already stuffed my greenhouse full with my tender tropicals and a few annuals that I wanted to over winter.  Today, as I set here and share my recent ...

Time for Pumpkins!

The first weekend in October is like a mini-holiday for me!  It usually marks the family's annual trip to the local pumpkin patch where we will search for the most unique, odd, quirky or just simply stunning pumpkin.  We like all shapes, sizes and colors.... the more character the better.  (Kind of like friends.)  We'll load our gourd treasure in wheelbarrows and stuff them in the trunk and then round up Finn, who has made an instant friend and escaped for one more ride on ...

Fall Seed Sowing… for Veggies and flowers

Labor Day is a big holiday around here, it's not only the weekend to celebrate the last of summer, but it marks the time to plant those fall seeds.  Yes, some gardeners plant their seeds a couple of weeks earlier in this area, especially leaf lettuce and seeds for greens, but it's just so hot.  And with school gearing up in mid-August, we'll it's just not going to happen here in this household.   So when summer slows down (aka: the kids are back in school) and the temps are ...

DIY: Espalier Fruit Trees

If you have wanted to grow fruit trees in your urban landscape, but are short on space consider growing them flat along a wall, fence or frame. It's a technique called espalier (Es-pal-yay).   This space saving concept isn't new.  It's suggested that the ancient romans developed the technique.  The term espalier is actually a french word that originally only referred to the frame to which the tree was attached, but is now used to refer to the tree as well. As fall approaches, ...

Harvesting Lettuce Seed

The summer heat is on.  The tomatoes and peppers couldn't be happier, but the lettuce has bolted and the spinach has been gone for a month.  But although I'll miss my fresh salad greens from the garden until fall, I've been gifted with plenty of seed for the next crop.... and some to share. I don't mind the lettuce bolting like a weed in my garden as soon as the summer heat turns up. And the little yellow flowers that come before the seed have their own unique beauty. Besides ...