September 11th, 2010
Get ready for cool weather vegetables with best selections and organic tips from Green Gates Farm's Erin Flynn and Skip Connett. John Dromgoole compares nitrogen sources, including coffee grounds, to pump up your fall crops.
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Tips of the Week
Start watering all your trees slowly and deeply at the drip line. Why should we do this? After all, we're moving into cooler temperatures. Here's why: we want to water now to prepare trees for winter dormancy. We want trees to concentrate on underground growth while their top growth is dormant. This autumn's watering has a great effect on next spring's fruit load. And if fruit trees don't get enough water this year, the crop next year will be greatly diminished.
Prep fall vegetable beds. Start lettuce transplants in pots in shade. See what you can plant now. Just keep new seedlings watered a few times a day while it's still so hot.
If you want to apply corn gluten to your lawn for natural nitrogen and possibly to discourage weed seeds, do so in the next few weeks. Spring weed seeds will be germinating soon.
Keep mowing high! Since weed seeds are getting ready to germinate, don't encourage them with light. Keep your grass high.
Be thinking about what wildflowers you'd like. We want to plant them in October through November.
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Question of the Week
My red oak has leaves that I can see through. What's wrong and what can I do?
Cold Weather Vegetables
Erin Flynn and Skip Connett