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Fall work October 19, 2008

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Just like spring, fall is a whirlwind of work in the gardens.  You have to take advantage of every nice day to get everything done before the gardens are covered in snow.

Today I used leaves to mulch the strawberries.  This was the first summer I planted strawberries in beds.  I’ve had a few of them in containers before and never worried about them surviving the winter.  I’ve read that leaf mulching is one of the best ways to insulate them.

It’s not cold enough outside yet to really effect the carrots, but I dug some of them up anyway.  They also did very nice this year.  

I pulled the last of the pepper plants out of the greenhouse.  While I was cleaning out their bed I ran across a nice size worm.  A sign that any gardener welcomes.  After the cleaning I composted the bed getting it ready for the next planting.  When I was digging in the kitchen compost area I found some very large worms.  At least a couple of them have new homes this afternoon in the greenhouse.

I picked a lot of green tomatos.  They are in the greenhouse, but I didn’t want to take a chance of losing them all.  I did leave some on the plants.  I also pulled out some of the most cold damaged tomato plants.

Tomorrow me and my husband will do some weather proofing on the greenhouse.  With any luck this will be the first winter that I plant in it.  I have some cold weather seeds just waiting to get planted.

Like I said, there is still a lot of work to do in the gardens.

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Hot house peppers October 10, 2008

Posted by liajo in gardening mistakes.
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My peppers did lousy this year.  I think it was because I left them planted in the greenhouse and because I didn’t thin them out enough.  I should have known better. 

I am from the southwest so I know that peppers need heat.  What they didn’t do to good with was the humidity in the greenhouse.  I was just to wet for them.

The second problem was greed on my part.  I really wanted a big crop so I didn’t thin the plants out like they should have been.  Not only did this keep the plants small because they didn’t have enough room to grow, but it also made for a nice buffet for the pests.  The plants were so close that the bugs could crawl from one to another.  I did thin them out a couple of weeks ago, but its to late to make a big difference.

I am thinking about planting some peppers in containers in my sun room.  Hopefully that way we can get a little bit of a crop this year.  Next year, the peppers go outside the greenhouse, and gets lots of room to grow.

Different gardens September 9, 2008

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I had a really hard time picking a theme for this blog.  The outdoorsy ones were just to cliche, and I didn’t like the layout.  I love the layout of this theme and it’s a bit unexpected for a gardening blog.  The theme does highlight one point I’d like to make about gardeners and gardens.  We come in all different sizes and shapes from all different parts of the world.

I currently live in a rural community 30 miles or so from Denver, Colorado on a nice sized lot.  I have also lived in a couple of city apartments and on five acres that had once been part of a pinto bean field.  No matter where I lived, I gardened.  I will always garden.  The scale of the garden may change from a plastic tub on a balcony to rows of ploughed fields, but the need to garden doesn’t go away just because your dirt is under layers of concrete.

Next time you go to the city, take a look up at the roof tops and balconies.  How many do see with plants growing in all types of containers?