It feels allot like fall

| 9/16/2012 2:31:11 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveFall temperatures are finally upon us.  Gone are the 90 degree days with a welcome 50 degree temperatures at night.  Airconditioners are off and windows are open to the refreshing night air.  Gardens are winding down and the trees are heaving a big sigh of relief as they prepare for fall color and winter slumber.  Over all it's been a great year of gardening and summer projects.  Much more has been accomplished than I expected.  I'm already looking forward to the next year of gardening.  Next year should be much more gardening and less weed control and fence building.

Garden seeds for next year 

My daughter works for Walgreens and on occasion has opportunity to some great bargains.  She has given Terra Nova Gardens the latest contribution.  At the end of the garden season, the shelves were being cleared of all garden seeds.  Since they can't just give away product and these seeds were destined for the dumpster, my daughter convinced her manager to sell them to her for a penny a piece.  Two hundred and fifty two seed packets were purchased and given to Terra Nova Garden project.Seed packs stored 

All kinds of herbs and vegetables were among the packs.  I will only have to purchase sweet corn and popcorn for next year's seeds.  Now I'm definitely going to have to use the seed starting station big time, don't you think?Hay for garden mulching 

I've had my eye on these two bales of hay for some time.  I thought it would make perfect mulch for Terra Nova Gardens to improve the texture of the soil and to keep the weeds under control.  It impossible to track down anyone to receive permission to haul it away.  It was a part of a private investment group that bought properties for future sale with the intention to make a profit.  The address attached to the group turned out to be a house for sale.  I just happened to run upon the farmer's hired hand mowing down weeds by the road one day and finally got permission to haul it away.  I deep into the process of hauling the hay to Terra Nova Gardens and have maybe a fourth of the garden covered.  The hay has been sitting by the road for over four years and has no value for live stock feed.  A great discovery for me was that the bottom layer of about a foot to eighteen inches of the bales has nearly turned to compost.  I will have at least three to four loads of the bottom layer from each bale.  Oh, be still my heart.

The neighbor across the street runs a yard service and claims this fall to have a costumer that will have a huge grass/leaf mixture cleanup that can be dumped on my garden.  Can there be such a thing as too much compost?  I don't think so.  I know it's not exactly organic in nature but close enough for me.  My fenced in garden area will be as much organic as I can get.  Outside the fence is probably going to be critter food anyway.Mulch on the ground 

9/19/2012 9:36:03 PM

David, Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and leave a comment. Today I put two 55 gallon barrels up on the bank behind the spring/pond. It's elevated about 20 feet. The plan is to pump water into the barrels and use the water to water the garden. I still have quite a bit of digging to do to get the spring turned into a pond. I call it a pond but in actual dimensions it's only about six feet wide and perhaps 10 feet long. I want to get it as deep as I can so hopefully I can dig down at least four feet without to much trouble. It's really kind of pioneer style development of the spring for garden water. Have a great day with your Northeast PA fall garden.

David Stratton
9/19/2012 6:15:04 PM

Hello Dave, thank you for your kind remarks about Red Lioness Gardens. Very good seed deal you have there. Nice going on those hay bales which will indeed make great compost, as well as mulch. I have some straw hay that I am composting as well. I think fall is arriving too--here in Northeast PA I haven't used the air conditioner for more than a week and all my windows are open today. Fall is actually my favorite season. Talk to you later.

9/18/2012 8:32:04 PM

3:26 PM 9/18/2012 Allan, things indeed coming together. The seeds were a real score for sure. I'm still picking a tomato or two but it's sparse. I am not going to try to plant a fall garden this year. I'm glad to hear that I may inspired some inventive thoughts from my past posts. I hope to see them in one of your future posts. Have a great day in the garden.

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