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So that should do it for September, we’ve had a long hot summer and not much rain so for those of you who had a some success I salute you! For those of you wondering why everything turned brown…join the club. Yep that’s right I lost some plants this year. It doesn’t matter sometimes how much or little you watered them they just couldn’t take the heat. SO keep reading these garden checklists and start planning now for next year because for every bad year there is a good. Next year could just be YOUR moment.
Until then, happy planting and keep it green!
From the Farm
Let’s just say it; “Here in the Midwest it’s HOT!” But with these little tips and tricks our garden can beat the heat and those veggies can last into the winter. Summer and I have a love/hate relationship. I love summer for the beautiful puff ball clouds and the long days, for the joys of the harvest and the way everything seems to just slow down a little bit as if the world senses we should pause and enjoy. I hate summer for the long heat waves and droughts and the daily work of watering. It’s summers like this that really get to you… In the Midwest it’s so hot my poor plants are wilting from the top down even as I pour the water to them. Luckily I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to keep my little green friends happy. Mulch is a big one, a strong watering schedule, and a good hat! I’ve got my favorite big brimmed straw hat… I look like a crazy old man wandering around the garden (somewhere in between Gandalf and Wild Bill)! So now that I’ve rambled along, another side affect of the heat and the south, I’ll let you get to your Garden Checklist.
If you like to garden even a tiny bit July has got to be one of your favorite months! For those of us here in the Midwest life seems to slow down some with the summer heat wave and yet all our hard planning, weeding, and watering is finally paying off.
When your sleeping with the windows down and the sounds of frogs at night you know it’s officially summer time! It’s that time of year where you can almost sense the excitement in the cool night air…and that’s not JUST from the kids being home from school! Meg’s Birthday is in June so we always enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake (I swear that girl could eat strawberries everyday!) and we also get to FINALLY start enjoying the fruits of our labor. So get ready folks…it’s almost harvest time!
It’s May already, and that means graduations, weddings, and honey do’s outside. Whether it’s a new deck, a full backyard landscape, or just a little water feature you want to add in, May is the month to do it. Great weather (usually) and wonderful warm sunny days. It’s not blistering hot yet like July and August, but you shouldn’t have to wear a jacket while acclimating your new koi pond. Keep it simple, and keep it fun, I’ll be doing most of these things on the list as well, including the water feature, so good luck and enjoy the free download!
From the Farm
My Daffodils and Hosta’s are just now starting to poke their little heads above the surface and spring is here and every day seems to be a little warmer. So it’s time to think about finishing up the planning and starting to do some planting!
Foundations are going in right now for beautiful flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and lawns. If your plans involve trees, shrubs, bulbs, cold weather veggies like broccoli, asparagus, lettuce (of any kind), carrots, or things similar then it’s time to plant. I just recently put in 9 new trees and finished last week planting the first rotation of my cold weather beds. I’ve also recently added some new bulbs to my flowerbeds.
So, here’s the list for the rest of my April, it’s time to plant!