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Posted on 27 January 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Gardening Chores-Closing the Garden for the Season

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Photo Credit: Fall garden by Indy Kethdy’s used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I am always sad when it comes to the end of a gardening season.

I think about the dishes I fixed, funny stories that I will share with my friends and how I and my garden have grown together.

This year, I have also thought about what the future holds for me and my family.

My family dynamics have changed. I am now an empty nester whose children visit for the fresh produce they miss.

I am also getting older and issues in the garden that drove me crazy in the past just seem to be part of life instead of an intrusion on my time. But as I walk down the garden path of the past, I also need to be cleaning it up so that I have a clean palate for the next garden season.

The first thing I do at the end of the season is to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 05 November 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

“Garden” Goodnight

fall-garden1By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the days shorten and temperatures cool garden maintenance becomes a crucial chore that needs to be done.

But do not think that if you did not garden in the beautiful dark earth that you can sit on your laurels until next season.

There are still plenty of things that need to be done before the cold winter wind blows.

The first thing to remember is that this closing down the “garden” will be spread out according to what you planted and how you planted it. If you planted cold crops in the ground just cover when cold weather shows up and uncover when the sun comes up or place in a cold frame. If you planted cold crops in planters simply cover for a frost or if the container can be moved just bring indoors. But remember to uncover and/or take back outside in the morning.

If cold crops were not planted getting ready for winter is easy. First gleam all the remaining produce off plants. Many vegetables can be ripened off the plant Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 November 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Gourd Today Gone Tomorrow

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gourdBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This year’s gourd crop has arrived with mixed blessings.

My gourds were planted in a vertical fashion to maximize my limited space.

My birdhouse gourds and dipper gourds were planted on opposite ends of m clothesline with loofahs dispersed in between.

My bushel gourds and assorted varieties of gourds were planted along the side of my shed. All my gourds have been healthy this year but I have had some problems. Fertilization has been a big problem this year. My gourds produce male blooms in search of a mate to fertilize but to now avail.

The blooms have Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 November 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Urban Gardening in November

fall-gardenBy Vanessa Richins

When I was growing up in Southern California, November wasn’t really so different from the other months.

You could still plant some vegetables, and flowers were still popping up everywhere.

Utah certainly was a shock in that respect.

After watching all of the leaves fall off the trees, I was left with a snowy white canvas for a yard.

In November, many gardeners are tying up the loose ends of the gardening season and getting it prepared for next year.

One of the main tasks waiting in the November garden is raking leaves. One way that we make it easier is to use a large tarp. We raked the leaves onto the tarp, which was easy enough to drag around the yard. When we finished, we could just drag it back to the backyard. You could use these leaves in your compost or mulch.

As an urban gardener, you Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 08 December 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Mulch and Compost Your Garden With Fallen Leaves

By Vanessa Richins

You may have been throwing away one of the best sources for mulches and composts.

During the fall and winter, many yards become filled with fallen leaves.

Most people rake them up, put them in garbage bags, and throw them away.

However, this is an excellent free source of garden nutrients that also keeps more waste out of the landfills.

All you need to do is prepare a leaf mulch. Simply create a pile of leaves that is 2″ thick, set your lawn mower on high, and make a few passes to make sure the leaves are chopped well enough. Don’t do this when the leaves are very wet, and don’t pile them too thick.

If you want to add nutrients to your lawn, you can Read the rest of this entry »

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