Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Save The Osteospermum

Encouraged by Lona and Melanie, I'm going to try and overwinter the osteospermum.

I pulled the container out of the collection on the patio to see how large it really is.
I think it's looking good.

It keeps blooming.  Happy that it is no longer hot.

I will leave it on the patio until we get another freeze because it is loving it outside right now, but it will come in before I risk losing it to a freeze.  

Any advice on overwintering it would be appreciated.  I'm thinking it will get cut back at some point.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Still Plants On The Patio

Monday in the garden...
...removed from the patio collection a container with a sweet potato vine plant that froze over the weekend.  It was out on the side without any protection.
...trimmed the trailing starts off the spider plants in the hanging baskets as they got nipped over the weekend too.
...watered the remaining containers on the patio; and the lettuce and kohlrabis in the vegetable beds.  Not really expecting the kohlrabis to do anything, but hopeful on the lettuce.

...enjoying the white and purple osteospermum plant which is producing more blooms now that it did all summer in the heat.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lettuce In October

I cannot believe I am harvesting lettuce in October.  I'm hoping the cold frame protects it for awhile.  A front is headed our way.  I'm expecting it to be too chilly to do much in the garden for the next few days.  We'll see how the patio containers do with the predicted below freezing temperatures.

Yes, there is one rouge lettuce plant on the right side of the cold frame.  Must have dropped a seed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rain Barrels Drained

Today in the garden...
...finished emptying the rain barrels.  After distributing all the water to plants in the garden, I turn the barrels upside down to finish draining.  They will sit on their platforms upside down through winter to keep ice from cracking the barrels.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Some Mums

Monday in the garden...
...ran the soaker hose in the area of the butterfly bush.
...planted crocus and tulip bulbs.
...moved baby lionhead goldfish into the house.
...cleaned out the water garden container.  Used the water on the flowers living in containers on the patio.  A little fish fertilizer should give them a nice kick for the end of the season.
...planted seeds for  poppy 'Lauren's Grape' in the front garden.
...carried a lot of buckets of water from the rain barrels to different plants as I start emptying the barrels for winter.
...photographed the mums currently blooming.  Not a big show this year.  I'm sure the heat and drought held back the plants.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Long Weekend

Friday in the garden...
...picked up all the trash that blew in on Thursday.
...removed the fountain from the water garden to store for winter.
...watered all the patio containers.  Hope the ones on the north end recover from taking the wind full force.
...watered the lettuce, the kohlrabis and the garlic.
...killed another black widow spider behind the pumpkins on our front porch.

Saturday in the garden...
...collected 'Flame' and 'Princess' from the water garden to relocate to my parents' stock tank since winter is  coming.  We do not have sufficient space for them to live inside our home.  (Even though my mother suggested I let them have the bathtub.  Ha!)  They posed for a family portrait before leaving baby lionhead.

Sorry about all the dust on the water from our recent dust storm.  Sigh.  Baby will move into the house as soon as I can get his/her accommodations ready.

Here is Flame and Princess at their new home.  Some small hands were there to tell them goodbye.

...killed yet another black widow spider in the garage.  I squish them, then spray the area they came from in case there is a family of them living there.

Sunday in the garden...
...ran the soaker hoses in a couple more beds as I prepare to put the garden to 'sleep' for winter.
...enjoyed the beautiful warm autumn day!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Digging In The Dirt

Today in the garden...

...ran the soaker hoses in the oval bed and the bed with the burgundy blanket flower.
...stored the owls for winter.
...removed several annual flowers that are done.
...found a black widow spider in the garage.  I sprayed the area, and I stepped on the one I found to make sure it was dead.  I don't take chances with black widows.  Eeeeek!  It was by the wheel barrel I needed to haul dirt from the space where I toss plant debris to compost.  I am topping my vegetable beds with good soil.
...topped the vegetable beds with good soil.

...planted garlic in one of the vegetable beds.  Some of the garlic I had saved for seed was a little soft.  Maybe it didn't get cured enough last summer before I stored it.  I raided the garlic I had put in the kitchen for cooking to add to the seed stash.
...stored the plant cages on top of the vegetable beds for winter.

...filled the hole I dug with plant debris to make more good soil.

...poured the bath water on the newly planted garlic, the lettuce, the kohlrabis and the containers.  We will cease saving bath water.  I have rain barrels to empty and we're going to get colder soon.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Harvested Lettuce

Today in the garden...

...poured the bath water on the irises and plumbago under the locust tree; the spider plants in hanging baskets on the patio; and the lettuce and kohlrabis in the vegetable garden.
...ran the soaker hoses in the back shrub border.
...harvested two spaghetti squash and one acorn squash from the dry vines.
...finally removed the tomato, pepper and squash plants that died in the freeze.
...harvested lettuce.  I think this is the first fall ever that I've gotten lettuce to grow to eating size.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

It Actually Rained

Sunday in the garden...
...enjoyed the container plants living on the patio especially the purple fountain grass in the breeze.

Saturday in the garden... rained!  A local rain reporter had .81" in his gauge.  I have put my gauge away for winter already, but still have the rain barrels collecting water.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Harvested Carrots

Today in the garden...

...poured the bath water on the patio containers.
...ran the soaker hose in the side garden.
...pulled all the carrots.

Yesterday in the garden...

...poured the bath water on the plumbago, carrots, lettuce and kohlrabi.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

TeePee Trellises Stored

Today in the garden...

...ran the soaker hose on the berm.
...poured the bath water on the lamb's ears.
...took down the teepee trellises and stored them by the fence.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hardy Rose Moss

Today in the garden...
...ran the soaker hose in the forest.
...poured the bath water on the asparagus.
...discovered more plants that died in the freeze.  The coleus put on a good face yesterday, but is looking very shabby today.  Ditto for the cosmos.
...ran the mower for the last time.  Put a little Sta-bil in the fuel and parked it for winter.
...collected seeds from the cosmos, millet, zinnias and purple hyacinth bean vine.
... marveled at how nice the rose moss looks.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

It Froze

The freeze came last night.  Down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit   Many plants are done like this green sweet potato vine.

The patio containers had just enough protection that only a few leaves look nipped.

Tomatoes, peppers, squash---done.
The lettuce, kohlrabi and carrots are good.  

Warmer weather returns tomorrow.  Hoping to enjoy a mild fall for clean up in the garden.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

No Frost, Hard Freeze Still Predicted

Today in the garden...

...didn't get the predicted frost this morning.  Still have a hard freeze in the forecast for tomorrow morning.
...remembered to bring in the hummingbird feeder so it doesn't  freeze.
...poured the bath water by the hawthorne tree.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Frost/Hard Freeze In The Forecast

Today in the garden...

...unhooked the hoses from the house faucets and put them in the garage.  Shouldn't freeze long enough to be a problem for the rain barrels which are still very full.
...snapped some photos of blooms which may be gone soon.  We have a frost advisory posted for tonight and a hard freeze warning posted for Saturday night.

...used all the bath water on the hens and chicks  Poured it wearing a coat, earmuffs and gloves.  A front came through around noon today with a freaky sleet/snow/rain shower.  I was at our local Oktoberfest celebration at the time.  Brrrrr.  Was there for work for 4 hours.  Gave the garden a little time when I got home before retreating to the house and turning on the furnace for the first time this season to thaw out my toes!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Harvesting In Case Of Frost

Today in the garden...

...used all the bath water on the lambs' ears in the side garden.
...watered all the containers huddled on the patio.
...brought the caladiums inside to go to sleep for the winter.
...harvested patty pan squash, cherry tomatoes, a few bell peppers and a bunch of jalapeno peppers.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Huddling The Remaining Outside Containers

Today in the garden...

...used all the bath water on the the plumbago under the locust tree.

...gathered the containers which will stay outside until the plants go on their own with a frost or a freeze onto the patio.  They'll get a little protection there to help them last longer.  Used my handy dolly to move them.

...ran the soaker hose in front section 9 which is the bed along the driveway with the salvia.

Inside For Winter

A frost is possible this weekend.  I'm glad I have all my houseplants and what I'm hoping to propagate for next year inside already.  They are tucked in to the plant stand in the family room.  The list of plants is one post back.

Overwintered 2012

This is a list of the number of containers of each plant I brought inside to overwinter in hopes of returning them to the garden next spring and maybe propagating more.

2 aloe vera
1 amaryllis
6 asparagus fern
1 begonia cutting
1 baby's tears
1 cactus
1 chives
1 coleus cutting
1 creeping jenny
1 dragon's blood stone crop
1 Echeveria nodulosa
1 fern
9 geraniums
4 ice plants
3 Jacob's coat cuttings
-1 for a friend

1 mother-in-law's tongue
1 osteospermum
3 persalane cutting
1 rosemary
4 sweet potato vine cuttings
2 unknown succulent

1 wandering Jew
-#  number of each plant that did not survive
***#  will stay in current container during 2013 growing season

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2012 10 02

Today in the garden...

...used all the bath water on the irises under the locust tree.
...moved the container with yellow pursalane and white angelonia from front section 1 to the patio.  Cooler temperatures expected this weekend.  It's time to start huddling the remaining containers together.
...put up a little temporary fence to keep people from walking close to the burning bush.  There are daffodils planted in the space.

...ran soaker hose in front section 1.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

2012 10 01

Today in the garden...

...used all the bath water on the asparagus bed. The plants look beautiful. They were just planted this past spring. Looking forward to fresh asparagus one day.
...picked several cherry tomatoes.
...picked a few green beans and pulled out the plants. The late planting of green beans did very well, but now the plants look ragged. Time for them to go as they're not blooming anymore.