• Last spring my garden is alive after along winter sleep. Plenty of work to be done. Planted many vegetable seedlings grown in the greenhouse. Lettuce, carrot (sowed direct into the ground), collard, kale, Swiss chard, corn, pumpkin, potato, beet, summer squash, tomato and leek. The garden is doing great. Just yesterday I harvested several zuccinni. Right away I made zuccinni chocolate cake. It is always a joy to be able to harvest from your own garden and cook with the vegetable that you grow yourself. Gardening is an excellent exercise for body and mind. Regardless how big or small your garden is.
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Autumn Harvest and October Gardening Calendar

Autumn Harvest

Late August through October is my hectic time in  the garden.  Harvesting every other day before frost arrive.  From the garden, juicy tomatoes, carrot, pumpkins, digging the potatoes, kale, mustard, chard, etc.  The orchard, apples, pears, plums, strawberries, raspberries and last month blueberries.

So far this year has been excellent, over abundance of everything.  That is good for my hard work.  (smile broadly)

October is the month to start preparing the garden for winter and next year planting.

  • Spade or till available organic matter such as tree leaves, into the empty spaces in the vegetable garden.
  • Mass plantings of one type or color of spring bulbs masses a more effective display than mixing them.  I’ve place an order for next hear bulbs.  Waiting with excitement.
  • Scrape loose bark from trunks, forks and main limbs of apple trees to eliminate sites where insects could winter.
  • Save seeds from vegetable and flower garden.  I have gathered cosmos and marigold.
  • Plant evergreens now and winter rains will do the watering.
  • Dig and divide rhubab (should be done about every four years).
  • Rake and destroy disease infested leaves. apple, cherry and rose., etc.
  • Harvest squash and pumpkins.  Store in dry area 55F. to 60F.
  • Dig and store potatoes in a cool, dry and dark location so they don’t turn green,
  • Clean and oil gardening tools, coat with handles with raw linseed oil to prevent cracking.
  • Mulching around azaleas, rhododendrons and roses will keep weeds from invading and will protect the roots that are close to the surface from severe cold.
  • Correct any drainage problems in the yard before the winter rains begin.
  • Devide crowded perennials.
  • Harvest sunflower heads and hang them in a warm dry area to dry the seeds.
  • Shake off dead rose petals, allowing hips to form.  Plants will then wind down and go dormant.
  • Early October begin manipulating light to force Christmas cactus to bloom in late December,
  • Store garden supplies, fertilizers in safe, dry place out of reach of children.
  • Ripen green tomatoes indoor.
  • Clean and paint greenhouses and cold frames for plant storage and winter growth.

 Happy Ggardening……

 

For the compost and vegetable garden

 

 

Autumn Harvest and Cleaning The Garden

 

The month September through November is my busiest time of the year.   Cleaning the garden before winter sets in.  Harvesting fruit and vegetables  was average not as good as last year.    So far the best crop are zucchini, lettuce, collard , mustard green and carrot.  Tomato and pumpkin a disappointment.  From the orchard apple and plum fare very well.  Bosc and Bartlett pear a failure so few fruit on the trees. Blueberries and strawberries a bumper crop.  Made lots of jam. Raspberries a total failure all plants succumb to fungus disease.    Year 2010 not a good one for gardening.  I hope to have a better crop next year.  

Mustard Greens

 

To do list  in September: 

  • Cleaning the greenhouse for winter use
  • A good time to plant lawns
  • Plant or transplant rhododendrons, iris
  • Plant garden cover crops as garden harvested.  Spread manure or compost over unplanted garden areas.
  • Pick and store winter squash, mulch carrot rows for winter harvesting.
  • Spray holly for leaf and twig blight, blueberries for stern canker.
  • Plant daffodils,tulips, crocus for spring bloom.  Work calcium and phosphorous into the soil below the bulbs.
  • Bring houseplants indoors after cleaning and repotting
  • Pick green tomatoes and ripen indoors if frost threatens.
  • Use stakes to support tall flowers and to keep them from blowing over in high winds.
  • Put out bait for slugs
  • Treat lawn weeds now, remove thatch from old lawns.

Sumer squash

  

Carrot, Beetroot and Pepper

  

Happy gardening……..