There is something about fall
It’s an almost indescribable feeling
The end of summer
The beginning of fall
Here on the plains I’ve known fall to arrive anytime from mid-August until October.
This year it came right on schedule.
Sunday morning of Labor Day Weekend.
Put away white clothes – check !
Turn on the cool – check !
It was as if someone finally found the switch on that blast furnace known as the Summer of 2011.
And they mercifully turned it off.
Every day since has been pure delight.
Cool crisp mornings
Sunny delightful afternoons.
So….what do we do in the garden now.
First I discovered that the sugar snap peas I planted a few weeks ago weren’t doing so good.
Some had sprouted
But not many
Something was eating on some.
So I re-planted.
Remember to soak the seed a few hours or overnight.
Then since I was filling in I used a dandelion digger.
Stab it into the ground where there is a blank space
And drop the seed in the hole.
Water well and keep moist till they sprout
Which shouldn’t take long this time of year.
Hopefully there is still time for them to grow and produce Peg’s favorite veggie.
Then I began to think lettuce.
I seem to plant things in the same place.
I know with vegetables you need to rotate.
But since mine are inter-planted with my flowers that’s a little tricky.
So I’m doing the next best thing.
Keep enriching the soil.
The edge of the hydrangea bed by the gate is one of my favorite spots.
The impatiens mostly just fried there this summer.
So I pulled what was left up – way ahead of the usual time.
Next I worked up the soil
Added compost – lots of compost.
Work it all up and
Invite Cassidy and Sloan to help plant.
Once we’ve sprinkled lots of Encore Mix from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
We pat them in and give them a drink.
I’m working on a couple of other lettuce beds.
Won’t plant them for a week or two.
Hopefully this will spread out the season and we’ll have tons of lettuce
To eat and to share.
For the re-thinking I engaged Elliott
He’s here for a working vacation.
It’s amazing how you can ponder your garden for weeks trying to solve a problem
And solve it in a 10 minute conversation with a kindred soul fellow gardener.
The problem is that my wonderful Dahlia area is losing it’s sun.
It’s going to shade.
All ready the ends are not producing
The middle can’t be far behind.
Yet a solo Dahlia in the sunny part of the garden is blooming its head off.
Add a Dahlia area on the northeast corner of the garden house.
This area looks like it will always be sunny.
It’s will require some fall and spring transplanting
Before I can plant the area to Dahlias next spring.
I’ll keep you posted along the way.
As for observing
We’ve spent lots of time watching and feeding orb spiders this week.
But….that’s a story all its own
I’ll share it next time.
Glory in these days
Walk your neighborhood
Look at it through the eyes of a child
Take it all in.