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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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Garden update September 28, 2008

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I haven’t been around for almost two weeks.  My mom and dad came to visit and we had a lot going on.  That does not mean that nothing was happening in the garden.  I got to pick my vegetable garden with my mom, something I haven’t done in a very long time.  Both my parents love vegetables and any opportunity to eat them fresh they jump at.  We enjoyed peppers, zucchini, tomatos and the last of the green beans.  My mom spent about 30 minutes going through the bean bush and got them all picked.

We also visited a farmers market about 5 minutes from here.  It was a great chance to stock up on vegetables I don’t grow.  We happen to live in vegetable farming country and this particular market is at an actual farm where the produce is grown.  I got some very nice onions and something called Italian frying peppers.  Both went really good with hot polish sausage.

Rain water recycled September 15, 2008

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Here in northern Colorado rain water is something we don’t get enough of.  Because of that I have everyday items out on the patio and in the yard to catch the rain when it does come.  Last Friday we got a really good rain.  Today I used some of that water that I collected in the wheel barrow and tubs to water the tomatos and peppers in the greenhouse.

If you garden and don’t have some type of system to collect rain water I would suggest that you set one up.  It can be hi-tech and costly or simple and inexpensive.  I’ve seen everything from 55 gallon rain barrels with hoses placed under gutters to simple contains around the yard.  Pick what works best for you.

Pruning tomatos September 14, 2008

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I make a lot of gardening mistakes and NOT pruning is one of them.  I should have pruned the tomatos about six weeks ago, I just couldn’t make myself to it.  I know pruning is good for the fruit, but the object is to grow plants.  Pruning doesn’t seem to agree with that objective.

I did prune the tomatos this weekend.  It took a good couple of hours but I am pleased with the results.  Now there is better air circulation around and between the plants, and light can get down to the soil.  I know that I will see the results in more and bigger tomatos.

Maybe next time something needs to be pruned I’ll remember this.