Growing The Fall Vegetable Garden Part 1

I finally started my fall vegetable garden. I planted it in one of my 4'x3' raised beds by planting lettuce, radishes, onions, broccoli and more summer squash. I know summer squash isn't a fall vegetable crop but I'm hoping to get one more batch of yellow crookneck squash before the first frost. This raised bed is the first of  4 raised beds that I will convert from summer vegetables to fall vegetables in the coming days. One of the biggest advantages to fall gardening is the lack of insects to bother the plants or the gardener. Most insects will have completed their life-cycle with the fall vegetables are picking up speed which is great for those plants! I did a little preparation before planting that should help the fall vegetables along. I leveled the bed and removed any weeds then I did something different as an experiment. I moved the…

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What’s Wrong With Your Garden?

Lately I've been thinking "what's wrong with my garden?" I don't have to look far for the answers. Weeds are coming up everywhere. Plants have suffered under the dry and hot conditions we've had this summer and are only now beginning to come back. Then again some plants are just plain dead like two hemlocks and two mugo pines. I'm not sure why two hemlocks were effected and the others were not especially since they were all treated exactly the same and were in the same conditions. Some mysteries are not meant to be solved! So what is really wrong with my garden? Here's the short list! Encroaching weeds - crabgrass in particular which is going to seed now! Too many plants in too small spaces - when starting the garden I planned on transplanting things in a few years so that I could get a more full look right…

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Garden Blogger Posts of the Week – Vol.2

http://www.growingthehomegarden.com/2010/08/garden-blogger-posts-of-week.htmlWelcome to the second week of Garden Blogger Posts of the Week. Last week I highlighted two posts that I thought were interesting, unique, or stood out in some way (cool pictures etc.). Today I'll mention a few more. Please pay them a visit when you get the chance! I thought Nancy Bond's pictures of the eagle were very cool. Imagine looking out your front door to photograph a bald eagle! And all I get are gold finches and cardinals! Gail's post resonated with me this week because of the sentiment she expressed. Much of my garden isn't looking like I want it to because of various factors - and often all I see are the bad things. Gail reminds us to not forget about the good things that make our gardens special to ourselves. Meems in NYC wrote a post thinking about starting her own garden shed! Of course…

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Volunteer Tulip Poplar Saplings

An interesting problem has arisen lately. You see, over the last few months little saplings of our Tennessee state tree the tulip poplar have popped up all over the place. It must have been a great year for tulip poplars last season because I've found over 7 saplings that seem to be doing great all over the yard. They all need moved as some are way too close to the house and others are in places I really don't want them. The problem is how do I use them? One answer was given to me a couple months ago during a tour of a hosta garden in Franklin, TN. The owner of the garden (and president of the Middle Tennessee Hosta Society) told me that when she was trying to develop shade in her backyard she planted tulip poplars - and gave them plenty of extra water! Tulip poplars grow…

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The Organic Weed Killer Winner is…

The organic weedkiller winner is... as selected by the random number generator at Random.org... which came up with the number... (I'm drawing this out a little)... (just for fun)... (are we having fun yet?)....   3... which means that.... Meemsnyc from the blog: Gardening in the Boroughs of NYC is the winner! Congrats and email me your mailing address ASAP so I can get the products sent out to you!

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Another Raised Bed, This Time on a Slope!

Today I spent some time outdoors getting a raised bed put together for our back slope. It gives the slope a somewhat terraced visual effect but the wooden bed isn't needed to hold the slope in place. It's done fine on its own for several years! Here's the view from one side with the garden shed to the left. The plant holding bed is a good 15-20 feet away from the willow tree and the new bed is on the far right. I've temporally added dried weeds over the soil in the bed. Here's the view from between the shed and the willow. When my finances are better I may replace the wood beds with stone retaining wall blocks. The old wood won't last very long but I'm hoping for at least 2 years out of it. It used to be part of a deck and I'm fairly certain that…

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Layering Might Be the Easiest Way to Propagate Plants

Layering an arrowwood viburnum I really enjoy making new plants - you guessed that by now didn't you? Most of the time I prefer to make stem cuttings of various types of plants whether shrub, tree, perennial, or annual but that isn't always the easiest way. In many ways layering a plant is the simplest way to ensure a successful rooted plant with very little risk. Today while I was outside I noticed two plants that had successfully rooted through layering which started me thinking about this method of propagation. First of all what is layering? Layering is where you cover a section of a stem or branch underneath the soil and wait for the plant to make its own roots. Sometimes nicking the plant beneath a node and adding rooting hormone to the wound will speed up the process but I've never needed to do that on any layering…

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Building a Plant Holding Bed

A plant holding bed is a luxury that anyone who propagates plants might find very useful. (I know I will!) A plant holding bed can function as a coldframe or just as an out of the way spot set aside for plants to rest in while they grow. For me I just have too many propagated plants to continue storing them on our front porch - that's not what a front porch is for is it?  Building the hold bed was simply the next logical choice! How to Build a Plant Holding Bed This isn't rocket science but building a raised bed does require some thought. I spent some time (several minutes ;)) trying to figure out a good location that was out of the way and doesn't utilize yard space that we are actively using. The lower portion of this slope near the garden shed seemed ideal. It isn't…

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Plant Holding Bin and a Birdhouse (Weekend Projects)

This weekend I worked on two garden projects. One took a a good deal of time to complete while the other only took about an hour and a half. The big project was a plant holding bin to hold my propagated plants that aren't ready for in the ground planting yet. Fortunately I was the recipient of some old deck wood a couple years ago that since then has been resting comfortably in the back. Amazingly it is still in pretty decent shape after two years of sitting through our weather. I'll write a full post on its construction later this week but here is the finished product: It's essentially a set of three raised beds that will be nestled into the slope of the hill. The middle one is 4'x8' and the two triangular raised beds are 4' on two sides and about 5'8" on the slope side (remember…

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Garden Blogger Posts of the Week!

I thought I would do something a little different for this Sunday and highlight a couple Garden Blogger posts this week that I thought were either very interesting, had very cool photos, showed me something new, or took me somewhere fantastic! I hope you'll pay a visit to the bloggers listed below and see what I found to be very interesting posts. Garden Blogger Posts of the Week! Jodi on Friday at Bloomingwriter in her post showed a very interesting place called Cape Split. The scenery and pictures are nothing short of breathtaking with giant rocks jutting out from the bay to form craggy islands some of which are only accessible by those who are lucky enough to have wings.  Carol's post at Flower Hill Farm was very interesting. Titled A Royal Beginning it highlights the early stages of development in the life of everyone's favorite butterfly - the Monarch!…

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