I spent last night with a 43 year old friend that just survived a massive heart attack! Things like this kind of stop me in my tracks and make me re-evaluate the important things in life. While I am definitely going to do some gardening this weekend, I think I will spend a lot more time than usual smelling the flowers! Our weather woman told me that this is going to be a great weekend to be outside. With highs in the low 80s it will be a great time to do some of the more labor intensive tasks that you have been putting off. Below are some of the things you can do in your garden this weekend.
- Start preparing for spring – Traditional gardeners can plant all year round with little preparation. By applying commercial fertilizers they can give their plants whatever food they need whenever they need it. Organic gardeners don’t have it so easy. Rich organic soil takes time to build. I generally leave a few rows unplanted in the fall garden. I add compost and till it in just like usual, but I do not plant in it. Instead I cover with leaves and a heavy layer of mulch. The leaves attract the earth worms which will begin to turn the compost into a nutrient dense soil that will feed my spring garden.
- Plant fava beans from seed –. One of my four son-in-laws is an Egyptian (and a very good gardener). A big part of his food culture includes fava beans. I had never eaten or grown a fava bean before he joined our family. Now they are one of my favorite things to grow. This is a good weekend to plant them. You can plant them now until about Thanksgiving to ensure a long harvest. Click here to read an article I did on them a few years ago: Succession Planting of Fava (Broad Beans) in the Potager.
- Enjoy those flowers – One of my favorite things about gardening is making cut flower arrangements. Sally and I grow lots of flowers and herbs that we use in arrangements for our house, our guest house and for friends. Cut flowers early in the morning and drop them immediately into cool water. To extend the time you get to enjoy your arrangements keep them away from windows and gas stoves
- Mulch – While tough summer weeds like Bermuda, spurge and purslane are slowing down, fall broadleaves like pigweed are coming on. Give your beds a good weeding and then mulch, mulch, mulch! Mulch will suppress weed germination. Plus, a good thick layer of mulch will insulate the roots of your perennials and ensure they come back for you in the spring .
- Plant rye grass now – September 15 used to be the date that landscapers put out rye grass. Thanks to climate change that date is no longer accurate. Plant rye grass when day time temperatures are in the 70s to low 80s and night time temperatures are 20 degrees cooler. For very detailed instructions on how to properly over seed with rye, check out my article entitled “Doing Rye Grass Right”.
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