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As we (in the northern hemisphere) head into fall, there are easy ways to get a jumpstart on the spring garden. This list shares 25 seeds you can sow in fall for flowers in the new year. Just toss them in your garden, mark the spot, and watch for germination when the weather warms again.
I need your help. With more than 20,000 subscribers to this newsletter (Her Majesty just fainted), your replies will help me plan future garden and creative projects to share with you. Thank you!
Who let the dogs out? As you can see, this little guy is made from old rubber boots. It was one of those silly ideas on my way-too-long garden art bucket list. You can grab the how-tos here. And check out the video to see him run across my yard!
Forget those wilted greens at the grocery store. You can grow your own outdoors (or indoors!) in just 30 days. Yes, you can! Here’s a list of 20 quick-growing veggies and, bonus, they grow sweeter in cool weather.
This is definitely the year of the Japanese beetle where I live (southwestern Ontario, Canada). Have you got them too? They first appeared on the east coast of the United States around 100 years ago, and have been gradually spreading (north, west, and south) ever since. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with them >>>
As the garden starts to fade, take some favorite leaves, blooms, and seed heads, and press them. Pressing is simply a way to dry botanicals for safe keeping or crafting. This has instructions for instant flower pressing (no need to wait for weeks or months) plus a bunch of creative project ideas.
The featured plant today is delphiniums.They originated in mountainous terrain and do best as cold climate plants (USDA zones 3-8, if the heat is not to intense). You can start delphinium seeds outdoors in fall for spring germination.
I hope this newsletter finds you well, and please take time to play outdoors: worries are easy to lose in the garden.
See you again in two weeks!
Melissa the Empress of Dirt signature
PS: I asked my favourite organic gardeners for their best harvest recipes and this is what they shared. Cheers!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
Survey Replies – Newsletter 90
Here’s the top (worst) pests or invasive species reported. All of them gnawed and destroyed their way to the top of the list.
- Creeping Charlie
- Japanese beetles
One other common response was HEAT.
Relentless hot weather persisted in some areas, taking its toll on gardens (and much more, of course).
You may have noticed that there’s only one plant on the list, the rest are animals. The munching beasts are definitely a challenge..
If you haven’t answered yet, feel free to now!
Thank you for you replies!
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