It’s October and it’s time to get serious about the fall garden. Plant bulbs, rake apples, empty compost and clean out plant pots before the sleet and snow freezes everything solid like a jellied salad. (more…)
I walked the dog in a sweater this morning. Soon I will be wearing my down jacket. So, is this all we get? Is it the end of the garden season? No way!
Hold your horses and follow these dos and don’ts to get the most out of our shrinking garden season this month.
The phrase “eat dirt” probably came from a country dweller without a shelterbelt.
When people move to the country, the first problem they often encounter is wind. Thankfully, a shelterbelt can solve that.
Outside the shelterbelt’s protective boundary, it’s the Wild West. But inside, the shelterbelt provides a cozy spot where flowerpots don’t blow away and dust doesn’t find its way into your eyes and mouth. The benefits don’t stop there either. With a well-planned shelterbelt, falling snow will pile up on your lawn, instead of in the middle of your driveway.
There is a dark side to living close to parks when you have a garden: wildlife. Park animals will always prefer your tasty seeds and expensive perennials over the slim pickings in the park.
“I have a severe squirrel problem here … they are digging up the seeds I keep replanting,” said my friend Jeannine Oakes. I laughed, but should have been more sympathetic.
Deer are also a frequent nuisance for many people that live near parks, but there are ways to stop them from feasting on your garden.