Ah, nothing like a good fall rain, but don’t get too comfortable now that you’re all done with your garden. With Old Man Winter just around the corner, I’ll make sure your garden tools will be in good condition in the spring when you need them again.
Fall is a transitional time of the year. For me, I start to think more and more about taking a vacation since travel is the carrot at the end of my proverbial stick. After the farming is done, it’s time to go explore!
As gardening chores wind down with cold weather approaching, it’s the perfect time to further your knowledge of gardening. I’m thinking of the baker’s dozen of classes on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth. Titled “Ready. Set. Grow.,” it’s an educational gardening conference for both the public as well as Master Gardeners. It features speakers from throughout the state and is hosted by the Master Gardener Foundation of Chelan County.
People often ask me, “Is it fun being a WSU Master Gardener?” No it is not merely fun, it is far more than that. Being a WSU Master Gardener is educational, thoughtful, stressful, companionable, interactive, satisfying and stimulating. It is all those qualities, and perhaps you would like to also be involved in this most enjoyable volunteer opportunity.
So you say you have never saved seeds before. Well, you are in luck because today is a great day to start. There are a multitude of plants in your garden and landscape that you have the ability to collect the seed from and fall is the time to do it.
Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to consider transplanting your shrubs or trees. It’s a tricky and delicate process, and I’ll try to give you some pointers to help ease the stress of moving plants around your property. This process can also be applied to planting new shrubs and trees in your garden.
The average person sheds 100 hairs a day. Shedding for cats and dogs is stimulated by the light changes occurring around the equinoxes. Trees also shed. We understand deciduous leaves turning color as the light wanes and falling from the tree with the first frost. What is less understood is evergreen needle cast, or shedding of the two- or three-year-old needles from the branches.
Recently, I have been feeling the pull of fall. The days are starting to shorten noticeably now. My late-producing blueberries are nearly ripe and my flower garden is rapidly transitioning into its final phase of blooms.
Mixing materials, particularly in unlikely combinations, is an appropriate interior-design trend for the Internet age. After all, many of the online tools favored by design-obsessed people — Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram — are inherently collagelike, allowing users to pull together a range of images, ideas and inspiration from various corners of the web and organize them in one place. Why not, then, boldly combine disparate elements when decorating the rooms of your home? Or, for a lesser commitment, go for a single, statement-making piece of furniture that does just that?
You plant a seed full of promise; you nurture it full of hope. You plant it in the garden envisioning the crisp radish snap, the sweet milky corn, the crunchy cucumber, the delectable cabbage. Ah yes, life is good.