Fall Gardening Tasks (Six That Can't Wait!)
Fall is probably the second busiest time in the garden after spring planting.
I've got a ton of things to do, not to mention, decide if I'm going to plant more bulbs.
Fall Gardening Tasks (Six That Can't Wait)
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Six Fall Gardening Tasks on My List
I was going to lead this off with five things I need to get done in the garden this weekend.
But, my list turned into six things.
If I kept writing for another 20 minutes instead of leaving for the coffee pot and a walk, I could probably end up with a list of 36 things to do in the garden this weekend.
I'll give you a hint: harvesting and seed collection are at the top of my to-do's.
Our nights are growing colder. I think tonight is forecast to drop to 41.
Basil doesn’t like to freeze and we’re only on a downward trajectory from here.
So I need to clip my three big basil plants.
I may try to move one inside for a while.
But the other two I’ll need to clip and make something.
Or maybe herb ice cubes
Can you dry basil?
I guess you can but I’m not sure how much I would use dried basil.
I really love fresh.
When I make homemade pizza-you should try this homemade dough recipe by the way--I like to put basil leaves on top before or after I bake it.
Deal with Dahlias
In an attempt to fight Mother Nature, I planted a few dahlia tubers a bit too late.
We were having an extraordinarily hot summer that felt like it was going to drag on into November.
I realize now that MN does have a schedule she keeps and those dahlias aren’t going to bloom this year.
So, the ones that were planted too late I’ll clip the plant off at the base, dig up the tuber and bury it in sand or wood shavings for replanting next year.
I’ll leave the ones that are budding of course, I’m pretty confident I can get more flowers between now and say mid-October.
Please tell me if you grow dahlias, you dig up the tubers and save them for the following year.
If you're not you're throwing money away! It's so simple.
I let my sweet peas go to seed every year, carefully collect them, put them away in an envelope for safe keeping until spring planting season.
Then, I forget where I put them and order more.
What can I say, we’ve got to hold on to our traditions, especially during a pandemic.
I collected nasturtiums seeds last night, shown in the photo above.
I’ll also collect seeds from runner beans I grew.
Those beans aren’t something I like to eat.
I primarily grow them for the birds and butterflies.
The winged things like the pale pink flowers they produce and so do I.
Lovely trailing vines of pink.
Probably next year I should pick a spot to grow Scarlet runner beans because red is their favorite.
I get my runner beans from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds-my favorite seed company--born in Missouri like me.
My rosemary, which I had to start fresh again this past spring, has grown beautifully over the summer.
I need to harvest some of the shrub and then decide if I’m going to wrap it in burlap next month and hope it survives the winter or bring it inside and hope it survives the cat.
So, one of the nurseries I frequent the most has a “green card” program, which results in free perennial plants at the end of the season depending on how much you’ve spent to date.
I’ve got two full green cards, which means six free perennials so I’ve got to go see what they have.
These are only available to me until the end of October so I need to get there before everything is picked over.
The peninsula I live on is awash with gardeners, both estate and hobbyists like myself, so the competition for good plants is steep.
Especially now that everyone and her sister is gardening during the pandemic.
Photograph the Garden
Another year has come and nearly gone and I have failed to list what and how many of which thing I’ve planted.
But, I have a camera phone and I can shoot what each garden and flower spot looks like.
The photos will help me remember what I really loved and what I want to plant more of next year.
Pictures will also be a visual reminder of what was planted too close together and what needs to be changed for next year.
What are you doing outside this weekend?