It is that time of year again when kids head back to school, new tv show episodes start, and Fall starts creeping in on us. And that alerts me to inform you of other important Fall tips to consider.
- Fertilizing of your lawn – Now is the time of year to over seed your lawn before the snow starts falling so it will come up nice and thick in the Spring. Head out to the store right now and purchase a huge bag of grass seed, put it in your spreader and over seed your lawn!
- Seed Harvesting – Now is the time to start harvesting your perennial seeds for next year.
I went out to our flower garden and harvested our perennial seeds yesterday. I carefully cut each and every dried flower off the plants and dropped them into a plastic bag. This is also called Dead Heading your flowers. I kept all the seeds separate so I would not mix any up and I will plant these seeds next Spring. Then, I took each dried flower head and opened them up and shook out the seeds into a container.
I have the cutest little plastic containers that I found at the Dollar Store that I am keeping the seeds in and to keep them dry over the winter.
If you harvest your perennial seeds every year, you will obviously not have to purchase any more seeds in the Spring, and you will enlarge your flower gardens each and every year with your favorite blooms. So head out to your flower gardens and look to see if you have any dead heads and snip them off.
For Marigolds, when the flower dries up, you just pinch off the dead flower and carefully remove the dead petals and all the seeds will be right below the dried leaves. Each dried flower head produces a lot of seeds, so plan on planting lots of Marigolds next Spring. One thing I did this year as well, is when I saw a dead flower head in one of my planters, I just pinched it of and shook all the seeds back into the planter. By doing this, it grew more Marigolds and made my planter fuller with blooms.
This time of year also brings one more thing. Something that I will not be happy about, but some times good things must come to an end. The end of gardening season. We knew it would happen, but with all the critter troubles we had this year, we feel that we need to file for a “gardening extension” with Mother Nature.
Our garden is still going strong and producing, but the cucumbers have completed their season. Our zucchini’s never produced anything, so next year we will be moving them out of the smaller garden bed by the strawberries, and will move them into the garden with everything else. Their lack of growing is probably due to the soil not having enough nutrients that they require, which will be fixed/corrected next year.
We have fed the neighborhood, our family and friends with tomatoes this year, and they are still growing and ripening on a daily basis. Just yesterday alone, I picked 40 Juliet Tomatoes which were lovingly donated to Roy’s parents.
To date, we have picked a total of 277 Juliet Tomatoes and 71 Big Boy Tomatoes! Not bad, eh? And, all of our tomato plants are still jammed packed with tomatoes, so the end of our tomato producing brigade is not anywhere close to being over yet. And, I am not yet sick of eating tomatoes and cucumbers for lunch every day yet either!
The only sad thing that I am not looking forward to is when the day arrives when I have to pull out all the plants in the garden. I am not ready for that. But, there’s always next year!