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Preparing your Lawn for October Weather

October is your last chance to get your lawn in good condition for the rigors of next summer. If you haven’t already fertilized your lawn this fall, do it now, using any complete commercial fertilizer. This may be 4-12-8, 6-10-4, 4-12-4, 5-10-5, 5-10-10, or something similar. Although it can be put on without a spreader, you get a much more uniform job using one. Never forget that fertilizer does not go sideways, but straight down, so that...

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Tips on How to use a Root Cellar

It’s the end of the growing season for most of us so its time to plan how to properly store your garden produce. Many people can and freeze produce but a root cellar is another practical and economical way to store food. Here are tips to ensure to ensure that your fruits and vegetables survive storage. 1.  Stock your cellar as late in the season as you can. For me, in my zone 5 climate, this is late September and October. If possible, chill...

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Controlling Powdery Mildew Organically

Powdery mildew is a problem that plagues many gardens. With a little planning and a careful eye on the garden you can stop this problem or end it quickly if it occurs. The fungus “powdery mildew” loves warm, humid conditions. University research has shown that both sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and potassium bicarbonate are quite effective as sprays against mildew and many other plant diseases. I read about using baking Soda for mildew...

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Small Space Moveable Garden

Do you need a small moveable garden? How about one that catches attention and adds to a yard? Today I saw the cutest salad garden created in a child’s red wagon. I stopped to talk to the owner and they had an old wagon that wasn’t being used and with fall and the end of gardening season almost here they decided on a fast small pace garden that could be moved from the cold if need be. The mini salad garden contained a variety of greens...

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The Gardener’s Rake Rant

I spent the better part of the day cleaning pots and preparing for starting new vegetables, perennial plants and plant cuttings. I started my last planting of cucumbers, started more fresh garden greens and plan to save tomato plants for the next year. By removing parts of the tomato plant where they have formed roots you can replant them and grow them indoors. And in the spring you can use these plants to create more plants. I don’t do this...

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Prepare your Garden beds in the Fall

This is one of the best times to prepare a new garden bed or put to rest areas of your garden that may be done for the season. By preparing your garden bed now, you will be ready for an early spring or that first crop of spring peas. I don’t know about you, but digging the garden bed in April is challenging here. It’s either to wet or too cold. So the “prepared bed” solves this problem. If you’re putting to “rest” a section of...

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