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Fall in the Garden

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Someone asked me recently, “so, is anything going on in your garden in the Fall?”. Well, I took a walk outside in the backyard this morning, camera in hand, to find out. And, I remembered why I love fall:

The Second fig crop is coming on…

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Flowers are still blooming including Roses, Alstromerias, Forget-me- nots and Dahlias:IMG_2640

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Pesto is still possible:

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Zucchini, though slowly being covered in mildew are still producing:

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Herbs are in great shape:

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Peas and radishes are working on a second crop:

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Beans are just putting out the last few little green wonders:

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The porch plants are still looking good including azaleas beginning to bloom and one crazy hydrangea putting out three new blossoms:

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The freesias planted last spring are starting to pop up ( soon to be joined by the 80 new freesia bulbs I bought!:IMG_2634

Succulents inside and out are happy:

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The girls are warm and cozy in their coop… checking out what’s going on in the garden:IMG_2638

The Golden Delicious is done producing but gave us lots of applesauce:IMG_2330

Which we shared with the girls…sort of…

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Trying to extend things a little longer I set our new greenhouse right on top of one of the raised beds so the Roma and Yellow Pear tomato could continue to grow inside and hung a nice little Tom Thumb cherry tomato plant to see how long it will produce:IMG_2623

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There’s one more reason I love Fall.  Trader Joes has all their pumpkin products for sale!

I love their pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin butter…Yum!IMG_2661

Fall is also a good time to be working in the garden cleaning up, adding compost and planting shrubs, trees, perennials and bulbs.  It’s garlic time too! Today, after this great breakfast I’m ready to divide one garlic bulb from last year’s crop and replant each individual clove to have lots more to harvest next July!

You can find a complete garlic growing guide here on the Organic Gardening Magazine site.  Enjoy Fall Ya’ll!

 

 

Donna Jones has always loved to garden. After completing the Master Gardener program, spending some time hosting a garden program on television and writing a garden column, she took time off to be a mom and a school teacher. Now, just beginning the journey as a grandmother, Donna is repairing the garden for little hands again! Raised beds full of flowers and veggies are ready and plans for a few chickens are well under way. To learn more about Donna visit Radish Patch Blog, or you can also check out her professional photography site at Donna Jones Photography.

 

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Succulent Birdbath

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I have a nice metal bird bath that I repaint every year because it rusts so badly. I thought it would look good with succulents in it…but what to do about the rust? Flex Seal to the rescue! This stuff is great! I cleaned the birdbath and sprayed on a coat of the clear Flex Seal.  It goes on smoothly and drys clear and ready to paint.

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I was most concerned that I use something that would not show and could be painted and would not allow rust to creep back through to the surface. Oh, and now that I wanted to plant succulents in the bird bath, instead of filling it with bird seed, it had to hold up to repeated watering….(even though succulents don’t take as much as other plants it’d be enough to rust!)

Rust-oleum 2X Ultra Coat is my paint of choice and Heirloom White is my go-to white. It’s a white that’s not too stark. I use satin because that’s the only finish available in Heirloom White. After the paint dried thoroughly I added some gravel:IMG_3521

and a good Cactus and Succulent potting soil:IMG_3525

Next it’s a good idea to plant around with your plant material to see what you want to use for your arrangement. Though I’ve taken many design classes and even worked as a florist for a while, I never remember the formal names for the different parts of an arrangement..so, for succulent plantings I made up my own saying: “Something short, something tall, a filler and a spiller!” When I’m out visiting nurseries, looking for something new and different, I always ask myself: Do I need something tall, something short , something to fill in my design or something spill over the edge? It helps me not buy 10 of the same thing and go home without what I need for an arrangement! First try out a few you think you like:IMG_3523IMG_3524

Then, when your decision about what to use is made, begin planting from the inside to the edges. At a recent workshop led by Debra Lee Baldwin I learned that a chopstick is the ideal tool for planting succulents and now I have a collection for that purpose! Once your plants are settled into the barely damp soil you can use a light spray to wash off the leaves, being really careful not to get them too wet. (Depending on the time of year and type of plant you’ll have to be more or less careful about water)IMG_3526IMG_3527

I have a tendency to over plant, so with this bird bath planting I left spaces for the plants to spread hoping it will last longer that way!IMG_3530

Part of the fun of succulent design is that you can replace plants, take cuttings when they get too big or start all over again with a new design and pot up what you take out to use in another arrangement! What container do you have that might work if you could seal it? Try a little Flex Seal and your choices are endless!

 

 

Donna Jones has always loved to garden. After completing the Master Gardener program, spending some time hosting a garden program on television and writing a garden column, she took time off to be a mom and a school teacher. Now, just beginning the journey as a grandmother, Donna is repairing the garden for little hands again! Raised beds full of flowers and veggies are ready and plans for a few chickens are well under way. To learn more about Donna visit Radish Patch Blog, or you can also check out her professional photography site at Donna Jones Photography.

 

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How to Repurpose a Decorative Bird Cage

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A trip to Beverly’s or Michael’s crafts usually means a visit to the sale section. Decorative bird cages were the hot buy a few weeks ago so I picked up a few and finally figured out what to do with them!


You can use them as bird feeders! Just put a saucer filled with seed inside-they love it!

You can also use one to hang a plant!



And, finally, you can use one to hang citronella candles at your next BBQ!



It’s fun to “re-purpose” things! Got any ideas you can share?


 

 

 

Donna Jones has always loved to garden.

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5 Ways to Transition into Fall!

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As the seasons change so does our wardrobe and Lord willing our homes.

When transitioning from summer to fall it can be as easy as swamping those window treatments to fluffing up those pillows! Here are 5 ways to transition into fall gracefully.
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1. Pick out your favorite color scheme for fall.

The fun part about fall is that you don't need to spend to much time searching for a theme because your best bet is to use the inspiration around you! You can go off the colors in nature and incorporate fall colors to your home decor! I would suggest to pick out at least 3-4 fall colors that you adore and play with the combination.

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Fun Succulent Designs

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Succulents just lend themselves to unusual containers with their many colors and textures. From hearts to beads to unfurling blue leaves, they’re fascinating plants! A recent trip to a Healdsburg antique store, Shoffeitt’s, yielded a cool glass container and a wonderful old sifter. ( I actually have an identical sifter but it was my grandmother’s and I don’t want to risk rusting hers since its a special keepsake from our cookie making days!) Now I can add the two to a nice square clay dish I bought with the succulents and have a planting party!


My first step was to photograph the plants I bought from Succulent Gardens so I’ll remember what they are when they’re planted! I always date the back of the tags for future reference.

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