Invite back to Good Gardening! In our Week 10 conversation, we wished to know how our Excellent Garden enthusiasts clean up after a busy harvest season or prepare for the next spring. As constantly we took the discussion to social media to see what the action was like …
Verna Korkie from Alberta takes the cake this year, and her first hand account is all that’s necessary.
Residing in an area with many types of flower lovers/eaters– elk, dear, rabbits– we install 4 motion activated water deterrents in the spring which work magnificently and allow us to have lovely flowers throughout the growing season. When fall comes, we get rid of the water deterrents. Within a day or so, the animals “know” and they come calling. They are rewarded for their perseverance and they tidy up the “the last roses of summer”, so to speak. It is gorgeous to view. Once they have actually completed their objective in a day, they do not return to the lawn. Symbiosis at its best.
Korkie’s garden and elk
It’s something eh?
Maxine Bergh wrote “Urged this morning! So little in my garden has produced– sorry/glad to hear others in the very same boat. Cucumbers that have come are fantastic, though. Fall clean-up here is loose. I do not bring up much ’till spring due to the fact that birds like my dried up zinnias.”
Monica Richards the qualified permaculturalist from California is a hectic bee in fall, fertilizing trees prior to the first frost caution.
Concern 2: Do you tend to clear your garden of annuals at the end of the year?
It depends upon the yearly. I pull the plants and leaves of squashes, cucumbers and anything else our tortoise can consume. The tomatoes will get composted, and if anything is infected, out it goes. Some plants such as basil, I’ll simply cut and mulch over.
Concern 3: What type of preparations do you make for next year starting in fall?
As soon as the garden is ready, I seed cover crop, such as clover, hairy vetch, radishes, triticale, and so on, cover a bit of soil and mulch and see what happens in the Spring!
The Sharing Gardens spend every fall on the scarlet runner bean harvest, an undoubtedly enormous effort, but which provides serious comfort-calories (and fiber) for the winter season. They composed in their blog site about scarlet runner beans, and here are some of their volunteers participating.
The Sharing Gardens Jazmin and Kat– Scarlet Runner bean harvest.
“Regardless of the gardener’s finest objectives, Nature will improvise,”– Michael P. Garofalo.
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Concern 2: Do you have more than one?
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