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The Fall Garden

 

The cooler air is on its way. The tips of our corn stocks are golden brown and almost ready for harvest time. A new season is upon us. Our gardens have a few vacancy

and you ask yourself, " what can I plant during the fall season?"

The first thing you need to know is  the average time the first frost will strike in your area. Next you need to know how long your garden plant needs to grow before it is ready to pick.

Some garden vegetables tend to grow better during the cooler months of summer and into the fall months. Broccoli lovers are in luck. On average broccoli takes about 70 days to mature. Brussels Sprouts take 90 days,

Cabbage takes 70 days, Cauliflower takes about 60 days, Lettuce takes about 60 days, Radish takes about 50 days, Rutabaga will take about 90 days, and Spinach will mature in about 45 days.

Depending on what you want to plant each garden vegetable requires some tender loving care. It is best to talk to your local nursery about how to grow your vegetables successfully in your area.

Wishing all my garden friends a happy fall harvest!

Sincerely,

Mister Landscaper

 

Epsom Salt for The Garden

My upper back was extremely achy this week. I decided to get a massage. What a GREAT idea! I felt a lot better. The massage therapist suggested I go home and take a bath in Epsom Salt. She informed me that it helps take the toxins out of your body. I took her advice and soaked for 20 min. I felt even better and I did not notice the tenderness she warned me about following a deep tissue massage.

I decided to do a little digging and found that Epsom salt is good for lots of things including our GARDEN! Epsom salt Deters pest away, grows more flowers and helps your garden grow bigger than ever before.

To make your homemade fertilizer for the garden Dissolve 1 Tbs Epson salt in 1 gallon of water. Water your plants with this solution once a month. It works for house plants as well.

Epsom salt is not salt. It is a mineral that most soil is lacking. Enjoy watching your garden thrive! 

Top 5 Hardy Flowers

There are many beautiful hardy  flowers for the garden! If you are looking for a beautiful flower garden that does not require a lot of time then take a minute to check out my top 5 picks.

 #1 Delosperma cooperi "Hardy Ice Plant" Light purple flower that blooms all summer. Spreads as much as 3-4 feet. The purple flower turns dark as our temps. drop. Great for ground cover.

#2 Gaillardia 'Kobold' "Blanket Flowers. These flowers produce bright shades of red and yellow. They bloom all summer long and into the fall. They require full sun and well-drained soil. The Blanket Flower reaches about 3 feet tall.

#3 Perovskia atriplicifolia "Russian Sage". This flower offers a silvery foliage with a beautiful purple bloom. This flower has a beautiful fragrant smell. It loves full sun and well drained soil. Another plus is that most pest don't like to eat it. The Russian Sage reaches 6 feet tall.

#4 Salvia "Meadow Sage" This flower has a deep violet or blue flower. It blooms from midsummer to early fall. The hummingbirds love this flower. This flower tikes full sun and a well-drained soil. The Meadow Sage grows up to 28 inches tall.

#5 Oenothera macrocarpa "Sundrop". This is a beautiful yellow blooming flower that blooms in the spring time and goes to early fall. This flower is very strong and can take the heat! It tends to take over the garden at times. The Sundrop needs full sun and well-drained soil. It grows up to 6 inches tall.