When it comes to fall clean up many know the work involved. Back breaking work is what many will describe it. There is garden clean up involving pulling out the annual flowers and cutting back the perennials. All of this needs to be carried somewhere.
What if there was a ‘System’ that helps you get the job done faster?
Using the correct tools makes the ‘Preparation To Dismantel’ easier! The following are a list of tools I use. This is my 6th year gardening. Each year I bought tools I could afford while shopping for the next tool using Amazon to compare tools.
Tools To Help You
The following is a list of tools I use in my end of season garden cleanup. I will be adding tools as I get to the next step. I am writing this post in real time.
The Poly Garden Dump Cart is my newest tool and let me tell you, we are going to be great friends for years to come! It is making this season’s garden clean up a breeze! The following are photos of my garden clean up.
With the use of my Gloves and Pruner I was well on my way to ‘End Of Season Garden Clean Up 2016’. In hardly any time at all working ’15 Minutes At A Time’ clean up was taking shape!
Pulling My Wagon Cart
I was able to get lots of foliage in my new Poly Garden Dump Cart. I headed to the back of my property to begin the pile that will decompose through the winter.
Dumping Was A Breeze
What makes dumping a breeze with this cart is the mechanics of it. It turns easily even in tight areas. Simply pull the lever in the front and the mechanics of it makes it easy to dump!
Here’s To Your Garden Clean Up Of 2016 Season To Go As Well As Mine Is!
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Looking forward to sharing this season of end of year clean up with you!
I knew I was inheriting a Weigela. I just didn’t know when. The church I belong to decided to remove the bushes simply because of the maintenance issue. One of the shrubs is a weigela. Every spring I admire it and had placed it on my ‘wish list’. I was intending to buy one but if I can get one that is also ‘Blessed’, why not?
The lawn maintenance is done by church members. This means after work or farm chores are done. Last night around 7 PM they came in to remove the shrubs. I was up to my neck in fertilizing my tomatoes and peppers in my vegetable garden.
I also had other projects going that needed to be followed through. I placed the weigela in a bucket of water until I was through.
A couple hours later I was finished. I knew I had to get the shrub into the ground before I went to bed but I needed a break! It was already dark and I knew I would have to be planting it by a trouble light. So I took an hour break.
*Before I go any further let me clarify something. Yes I live with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis with a disc degeneration in my back. I am disabled and cannot work a regular 40 hour job. It doesn’t however keep me from not doing anything.
*Gardening is a love of mine. It keeps my mind off of the daily pain I experience by redirecting my thoughts on gardening resulting in beauty. Who doesn’t love beauty? I have been called a ‘work horse’ and I do love to be involved in things. What you don’t hear in my writing all the breaks I have to take during the day. I have to decide on the number of spoons and the size of them. I don’t always get it right and end up paying for it.
Planting My Weigela By A Trouble Light
I ended up taking an hour and a half break before I was going to attack this project. It was around midnight. I have a trouble light and knew I was planting it near my home so I had electricity to use. Note: I am sure glad I live in a small town! I didn’t have to explain to an officer that I wasn’t digging a hole to bury a body! I just had to get this shrub in if I wanted to save it.
The ground was rock hard. In order to get this done at I watered it down. It made digging with my potato fork easier but I created another problem – MUD! The following are my steps to create a new home for the weigela shrub…
Am I gardening like the experts would want you to? Probably not. When I decided to get back into gardening I decided I was going to let go of ‘Perfectionism and Procrastination’. This is the reason I call my blog/website ‘Marilyn’s Way To Home & Garden’. What this really means is learn to garden ‘Your Way’. Sure you will have some hits and misses. Isn’t that what life is all about? Go ahead, do it your way and enjoy yourself!
This season my biggest offense are deer entering my vegetable garden. I plan to take the eggshells and put around my sweet potatoes and also along my beets. Not only will it add calcium to the soil, the deer may see it as a sign…
It must have been around 3 am when the storm went through. There was lots of thunder and lightning that came along with the rain. Every gardener hopes hail is not a 4th ingredient. The best thing to do is check the gardens out the following morning.
All of these ingredients can wreck a garden in minutes by way of plant damage, soil erosion and flooding. Mother Nature is just that way. With a cup of coffee in hand and my camera around my neck I took a stroll.
My Vegetable Garden Looks Great!
Tips To Be Aware Of In The Coming Days
Look for any damage.
Avoid walking next to the plants when it is saturated. Walking near them can cause soil impacting that limits the growth of the roots.
Check for any exposed roots and cover them with dirt and mulch.
Be ready to do some weeding. Weeds pop up over night and is best to get ahead of it. Many of the seeds have already germinated in the soil waiting to pop up. I am looking at the banana airplane seeds from my maple tree to be popping up everywhere.
In a couple of days I will be putting the cages on both of the plants giving them time to establish roots that will grow because of the rain.
The above are things to watch out for that can be easily fixed if noticed early. If your garden did not suffer any damage, enjoy and celebrate! Don’t forget to admire all of your hard work in preparing the plants getting the best chance for a bumper crop.
This past winter I had some time to do some research when it comes to increasing my yield and quality of vegetables for the coming season.
Used Coffee Grounds, Crushed Eggshells & Epsom Salt
Last week I am planted tomato and pepper plants using coffee grounds (Starbucks if you must know!) and crushed egg shells saved up over the winter (I eat lots of eggs!) that I will till in where I am planting these adding the Epsom Salt when I plant them. The following explains the reason for using Epsom Salt…
*Tomatoes & Epsom Salt
Tomatoes are prone to magnesium deficiency later in the growing season, and display this through yellow leaves and less production. They can greatly benefit from Ultra Epsom Salt treatments both at the beginning of their planting and throughout their seasonal life. When gardening, simply add one or two tablespoons per hole before planting the seeds or transplants. Then as the tomato matures, either work in one tablespoon of Ultra Epsom Salt per foot of plant height around the base of the tomato plant (individually), or create the tank sprayer solution mentioned above and use that every two weeks.
*Peppers & Epsom Salt
Like tomatoes, peppers are also prone to magnesium deficiency and thrive much more fully with the use of Epsom salt. This can be done in the same way as tomatoes—through adding one or two tablespoons per hole before planting (for seeds and grown plants), and then twice a week based on the height of the plant (see above). A study conducted by the National Gardening Association discovered that four out of six home gardeners noticed that their Epsom salt-treated peppers were larger than those that were un-treated. Many gardeners credit their healthy, vibrant peppers and tomatoes to Epsom salt. This solution truly aides in the production level, aesthetic beauty and quality of the harvest produced.
It is always great to try new things. Keeping a record of it will be of great help in the future so grab yourself a notebook just for gardening to write down all your hits and misses because there are plenty of both in gardening.
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*Information taken from SaltWorks website. Please go there for further information.
The injection sites have been tender and with all the bending, twisting and turning I did gardening, my lower back was inflamed. I could no longer finish what I had planned for the day.
I made myself a healthy dinner and sat down to watch a movie where I eventually dozed off.
There was one last thing I needed to do. It was to drive to my neighbors that live on a farm a couple of miles from here to purchase 2 dozen eggs.
I got a text from her saying she would be home in a half an hour and I could stop by then.
That’s When I Got The Idea!
Hmm. Thirty minutes is really 2 – 15 minute sessions of being able to do anything except whine according to FlyLady. I really wanted to get my green beans in before it rains tomorrow.
Out I went back into the garden and instead of using a string to make a straight line like I did five years ago when I began to garden after a hiatus, I estimated. Yup, ‘Perfectionism and Procrastination’ had to go!
Was It The Correct Way?
Maybe not. The thing is, will it really matter when they begin to grow and become mature plants? I think not. And that’s how you get past perfectionism and procrastination.
You have your eye on a large beautiful planter at the store. It would look so nice to the entrance to your home. Then if you are like me you think about how many bags of potting soil will you need to buy?
Living With Fibromyalgia And Arthritis
Before too long I have talked myself out of the entire idea. Why? For me the thought of lifting large bags of potting soil to fill the planter is something I have to consider when I garden. If I have to handle too heavy of anything, it could send me into a Fibro Flare.
There Has To Be A Better Way
Then it happened. A neighbor blessed me with a large planter. I wasn’t able to put it to use last season but wanted to now.
When I went to pick up my plants I had ordered from the a local greenhouse I expressed the dilemma with the large planter. That is when she suggested to fill the planter with cans! She said most plants depth to allow for roots are less than 12 Inches. This also makes it easy to move.
Why Stop At Cans?
Here are 9 filler ideas for items you can use to fill your large planters!
Nursery Six Packs
Plastic Milk Jugs
An Inverted Smaller Pot
Plastic Containers With Lids
Large Planter Filler Tutorial
The following is step by step how I was able to put this new idea to me to use.
First I had to decide where I was going to put this large planter. Because of last winter’s extreme cold in the Dakotas, I lost a shrub. The planter would make a great replacement.
I moved it to its new location and then began to gather fillers.
Next time you have your eye on a large planter, go ahead and buy it and fill it up first with one or more of the above fillers, add potting soil and plant your flowers!
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Carrots have always been a hit or miss with me. This season I want to increase my odds. What did I do? I googled it of course. I found there were as many ways to do it than I really wanted to know.
Instead of reading every article, (they certainly cannot grow from the seed packet) I asked myself what solutions I needed for my particular problems.
Problems I Have With Carrots
Carrot seeds are so tiny that it makes it difficult to plant them evenly. Rows are very spotty and what do grow are grown in clumps.
What I Have Learned With Carrots
The soil must be amended and as fine and loose as one can have. I happen to have some clay in my soil making it challenging. Think of how long a carrot can average in length. That is how deep the soil needs to be fine and loose. After tilling my garden I took my potato fork and dug deeper. Then I used my mini tiller to make the soil as fine as possible.
The seeds are so small and need to be planted very shallow that the next challenge occurs. Seed blowing away or birds finding them.
This year what I plan to do is plant my carrots as shallow as I can. Then I am going to use up my seed starting potting soil to cover them.
I am also going to take it one step farther and use landscape fabric to cover the rows keeping them damp until I see the first sprout. This will help with the germination period.
Last But Not Least…
Carrots need lots of water. Therefore, this season I am going to plant them at the lowest end of my garden where I know water will set from my soaker hose.
Will This Work?
Time will tell. There really isn’t that much science to this. There can be if you want it to be. I choose learning a few new points that I didn’t know before, mixing it with water, tilling to keep the soil loose along the row, sunshine and some love to top it off.
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Transplant shock in plants is almost unavoidable. Plants were not designed to be moved from place to place. When we do this to them, problems can arise.
There are a few things to know about how to avoid transplant shock and cure plant transplant shock after it has occurred. Let’s look at them.
4 Things To Avoid Transplant Shock
Avoid disturbing the roots as much as possible – Do as little as possible to the root ball. This means not shaking the dirt off the roots. This is the only dirt the plant is familiar with and has depended on as it grows.
Bring as much of the roots as possible – When digging up a plant the more roots that come with the plant, the less likely transplant shock in you plants will set in.
Make sure the root ball stays moist during the entire transplanting process – This is an important factor in transplant shock. If the root ball dries out at all, the roots in the dry area will get damaged.
Water thoroughly after transplanting – This is your best defense in avoiding transplant shock. Give your plant plenty of water in its new home.
Now that you know a little more about how to avoid transplant shock, you know with a little plant preparation, preventing shock will be an easier task.
If you have any questions on this topic, please share and I will be happy to answer them!