Sunday, 26 August 2012

For Sale.... Yep, Relocating

So, you've driven by ... and seen the sign ... the big For Sale sign?
... and wondered what is going on?


It's true, sadly, we are indeed up for sale ...

However, please don't freak! You can relax! ... We are only relocating, not moving away :)

All will be well, I will still continue to grow your organic heirloom goodies for spring, stunning and glorious roses,  and all kinds of fab flowers....

 Ludmilla's Red Plum heirloom tomatoes :)
 
Love Rose in Tree Form aka Rose Standard
 

Rose Standard (tree form rose) Angel Face

For health reasons, the stairs no longer work for me, and therefor we seek a flat home, a rancher, no steps, and so no falling ;)

 

These are the stairs that give me some troubles...
Great, big, beautiful cedar plank stairs that are fab for seasonal decorating!

Till then...

Are you seeking a new home, less than 3 years old, a home with a creek that runs along side of it? Where the the air is fresh and clean, with no street noise? no traffic? Just the sound of birds singing. Miles of pathways for quading, or hiking. or jogging with your pups? The river for swimming a chilling is so close by you can almost hear it!

The creek is just on the other side of this shed...
There is a His Shed ( above) and a Her Shed, as we seem to have differing opinions on what should go in a shed, lol..
 


Her Shed... in the perfect shade of green ;)


A home with deer fencing? A backyard kitchen garden? A huge perennial bed for your roses and hydrangeas to be safe from the deer? Loads of fruit trees and blueberry bushes? Self sustainable gardening possibilities?

The raised beds area, I call it a potager, or kitchen garden...
as I grow all sorts of fruits, veggies, and flowers here...
 

A home with a small greenhouse business?

Or use the greenhouse as a lush conservatory to grow your own fabulous tropicals, like orchids, or palms, or citrus trees!

Or perhaps to grow cucumbers and tomatoes to sell at the farmers market? Or even at a table at the end of your drive...
if you grow it, they will come!

So many possibilities to make your dreams come true :)



The greenhouse is 16' x 24', with roof vents, fan, propane heater, lighting that can be lowered or raised to the height you want... even 6 inches from the tables for seedlings,... plus all the automation to make it all happen for you on demand... and a Gennie for the just in case scenario.
Has a gorgeous tiled floor, a sink and counter for potting and puttering, ten 3' x 4' wooden slatted tables, and wire shelving along the sides to offer even more growing or decorating possibilities.
Is fivewall polycarbonate, not glass, and therefor has more insulating value, glazing value, and is less likely to shatter if something un-toward happens.
Is run off of collected water in a 2500 gallon water cistern, nicely hidden in the woods across the driveway from the greenhouse.
The 'nursery' or courtyard is fenced with mesh deer fencing to keep the deer out of the roses, has double gates on either side, which are large enough for you to drive your quad or tractor, or Gator, etc.. into it to pick up/drop off mulch, compost ... wine and beer, lolz ;)

Read Greenhouse Goes Up to see how it all came to be ....






Yes, there is a house that comes with all the glorious yardscaping, lol
Has walk out basement, is very bright and beautiful on all sides and in all areas
Generous bedrooms, family room, open concept living upstairs...
Best of all?... 3 decks!
One seen here, one at the side, and one at the back!
Enjoy life to it's fullest out here on 5 acres carved into the woods.




But seriously ...    Lol, if that does not work for you ...

The greenhouse is removable, if you don't want it ( I am certainly happy to take it with me :)

The raised beds are removable... in fact, that kitchen garden area would make a super ball diamond or soccer field, place to learn to ride a bike or a trike, to play with barbies, etc... for the little ones... 

Or, ooh, I LOVE this idea.... Set up your own little paradise.... put in a pool and a pergola covered hot tub for super cool ambiance amongst the woodsy backdrop!

While your teens and pre-teens, ride their quads, or bikes, or dirt bikes, along the endless pathways that surround the area. Or meet their pals at the river, totally within walking distance! for afternoons of swimming and chilling.


Gorgeous gated entry to your circular drive!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Winter Gardening

Winter Gardening is such a mis-leading name as it conjures up visions of lush green veggies growing throughout the garden in winter ...

Which is not how it actually works..

So... Winter gardening is actually planting/growing in summer to harvest during fall or winter, or even next spring...

Delilah and I picking carrots in end November/early December

Here's what I mean...

MARCH
Start in flats or pots and plant out in May or June for harvest in fall and winter, and next spring...
- Leeks!

JUNE
Start in pots or flats in June to plant out in August (or buy transplants in August and plant) to harvest in early spring next year...
- Broccoli raab
- Onions

Direct seed in garden to harvest in fall...
- Broccoli
- Brussel sprouts
- Cauliflower
- Cabbage
- Parsnips

JULY
Start in pots of flats to plant out in August to harvest throughout winter...
- Cauliflower
- Cabbage
- Kohlrabi
- Kale

Plant seeds, to harvest in fall
- Broccoli
- Kohlrabi
- kale

AUGUST
Plant transplants (seedlings) of to harvest throughout the winter months ...
- Broccoli raab
- Cauliflower
- Brussel sprouts
- Kale

Plant seeds of these veggies to harvest throughout the winter ...
- Carrots
- Beets
- Lettuces (grow under cover)
- Spinach (grow under cover)
- Radishes (fall and early winter)
- Scallions

Grow from seed to harvest in spring or early summer next year!
- Onions
- Turnips/swedes/kohlrabi/rutabaga
- Shallots

SEPTEMBER
Plant out transplants of these to harvest in spring next year.
- Cauliflower
- Onions

From seed to be harvested all fall and early winter.
- Radishes

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
- Plant out garlic to harvest in July next year.



Garlic growing in February, you can just see the tips ... (parsley on the side)
 
Garlic in June, a few weeks before harvest.
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 20 August 2012

August Greenhouse Ramblings

August - Such a fabulous time of year in the greenhouse and nursery...

Though much watering is going on, just to stay on top of things...
We also have lots of ripening fruits!

Cukes, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers ...
Plus gorgeous late summer blooms.

'This many tomatoes are ripening every two to three days...
I am living off of tomato and onion sandwiches, yum!
.... with a glass of red wine, of course!

 
Canada Long heirloom paste (sauce) tomato!
Wow!

 
Morden Midget Eggplant... so cute, and loads of them on this one little plant!


Pesta heirloom bi-colour beefsteak! Huge!


Ludmilla's Red Plum hiermloom paste (sauce) tomato
How lovely is that, eh?


Corno di Toro Rosso (aka Red Bull's horn)
 is so big and heavy that it lost a whole branch today!
Hmm, is hard to pick out the peppers from the foliage as they are still green...
 However, I assure you... there are tons!

This Alma Paprika Pepper is simply loaded down with these pale yellow, really pretty fruits!...
but, uhm...
Am kinda assuming that they turn red at some point?


All veggies are still being fed with the Gaia Green Tomato food, watered in, every 2nd week...

Every so often, they also get the foliar feed with the Reindeer Liquid Seaweed... not as regular any more.

Aphids and other bugs have not been much of a problem this month at all...
Probably because the plants are healthy and the doors are open,
So, opportunists that most all bugs are... they have moved on to someone else's... something!
Therefore, really don't need to spray with soapy water at all...

In fact, this month is fun!
A whole lot of watering, but a whole lot of harvesting, also!


Roses in the nursery

The Rudbeckias, Veronicas and Perovskias are looking amazing :)


 
The Nursery

And... finally, to end things off.... what would this blog be without pet pics? 

Little 'Lilah and Oreo... Oreo says.. you're getting loving whether you like it or not!
Look at the wrinkles on Lilah's forehead, lolz!
The things she has to put up with because she is the baby of the family ;)







Sunday, 19 August 2012

Garden Chores in The Summer Heat

Wicked hot lately here on the island! Days are hot and nights are warm, sleep is restless and so ...

Most of what we all do now is water, water, and water... and then hide in the shade during the afternoon heat!

So, the weeds grow wild and take over, the empty beds lie unattended, and plants languish in the heat.

Nicotiana and Pumpkin blossoms in the cool of the morning
well, okay, if you can call 18 C a cool morning ;)


Changing up the format of the weekly chore log to let you not only know what I am planning and trying to get done ;)
but also throwing in more of a general to-do list, an idea on things you might want to tackle this week in your gardens.
Plus helpful hints and things to consider. 

In the Potager aka Kitchen Garden
- Ugh, much weeding to do! My potager pathways have run amok with weeds and with all this heat, have been totally neglected ... perhaps today is the day!
- Have planted up the winter bed with kale, carrots, and several varieties of lettuce and spinach, so now to try to keep them kind of watered so that they germinate and thrive. How grows your winter veggie bed?
- Am going to pinch out the tops of my tomatoes so that they start to ripen instead of continuing to grow and produce! also, removing some of the foliage as they are really lush, green, tall and wide ;)
- Water pumpkins weekly.
- Weed around the blueberries as those horrible tripwires (blackberry vines) are coming up through the cardboard and mulch!
- Cleaning out and emptying beds. This year I have been donating to the local Loaves and Fishes and also sharing with some of my neighbours who are just starting out. I know a lovely young couple, living off the grid just a few houses down from me, and I share whatever I can with them. They are super sweet, super young, have a super brand new little baby, and they remind me of what is was to be young and idealistic. Love people who dream big! So all my extras are going to peeps who need good home-grown veggeis! So exciting to be able to share what I grow!

Happiness Is....
- Finally, ripening tomatoes in the potager!!! The first ones ready are the Druzba's!
- The winter onions are up! So excited...  though they are certainly not photo worthy as they look like little green pieces of grass like stems poking out of the bed ;)

Oh boy, am embarrassed about the pic below...  if you ever doubted that all I do is garden, just have a look at those finger nails! Sigh, this year, I am going to celebrate the gardens being put to bed with a  manicure ... in October.. or maybe November...


Huge bi-colour tomato - Alleghany Sunset
I love the bi-colours!
They are so pretty!

Fruits and Veggies, In General

- harvesting potatoes, onions, cabbages, dill, oregano, herbs of all kinds, beans, corn, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.
- keep harvesting cukes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and squashes (zucchini's) to keep them producing.
- If you have not yet planted for fall then now is the time to plant up carrots, lettuce, spinach, beets, radishes, Swiss chard, turnips, and transplants (pick them up at the garden centres) of broccoli raab and cauliflower.
- Prune out your already fruited summer canes of raspberries.



Flowers, In General
- keep cutting off lily heads as they finish blooming.
- prune back lavender to shape... just an inch or two, not into hardwood
- prune and deadhead roses
- cut back any perennials that have finished and are beginning to die back and brown off (going dormant).
- trim off any dead, damaged or diseased bits on your trees and shrubs.
- cut back or take off the flowers of any herbs, perennials, flowers, etc.. that you do not want to set seed... for me, it is to cute the spent blooms off of Shasta's and Feverfew.
- order tulips, daffs, crocus, hyacinths, etc.. for spring blooms.
- order seeds for annuals etc to plant wither this year or next spring, while companies have them on sale... am thinking of places like Renee's Garden Seeds, a fab company, that put on a fall sale each year, which helps you save money on seeds you know you want to grow and they want to start fresh in 2013 with new stock!
- Tear down your Sweet Peas, if they have burnt out in the heat, like mine have... throw them in the compost or chop them up into your beds. Just like the peas and beans, sweet peas also add nitrogen to the soil!



This Pink Promise rose is newly planted this year, yet even in this heat, this is what it looks like!
I  water them every two or three weeks, but soak them really well.
The rest of the time, they are setting in really deep roots.
Great soil, deep watering, and heavy mulching = great plants
Watering, General Notes...
Hey, so here are some of my tips for healthy watering and thriving perennials, trees, and shrubs
- For newly planted trees, shrubs or perennials, water once a week or so, very deeply! Then let them go completely dry for a bit before watering again. This causes the plant to send out deep roots, in search of water, so that it does get a shallow root system (sprinklers cause shallow root systems). Shallow rooted plants are unable to sustain themselves in times of drought or stress, and quite likely to die.
- If you have well established trees and shrubs, in the heat of our island summers, please give them a deep watering about once a month. This means, place the hose, at a really slow trickle, near the base of the tree and let it run for a minimum of 20 minutes per tree. Roses and smaller shrubs will likely be fine if you trickle for 5 to 10 minutes.
- For well established (meaning well rooted in) perennials, deep watering about once a month, thus ensuring that the entire flower bed is very well watered and roots are watered thoroughly. Heavily mulching the bed (leaving a circle around plants.. meaning, please! not right up next to the crowns, stems, or trunks) also helps to retain moisture in the beds for longer.

- Veggies require more consistent watering, simply due to the fact that they only live a few months and have to grow and produce in a short time period ... Carrots, cabbages, potatoes, onions are fine with a once a week watering... Most herbs tend to be Mediterranean and so are used to hot and dry, therefore, once a week or less, is fine. Basil requires more water. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and any veggies (or strawberries, when fruiting or flowering)  that hold a lot of water, need water every two or three days in order to produce good and juicy fruits.

- lawns, okay, you guys know that I am kind of anti-lawn... let them go dormant in summer... they will come back in fall when the rains return, so is okay to be brown and dormant. Less mowing for you while you have so much else to do!

- In general, when fruiting plants are in flower, whether fruit trees, berries or veggies, they require a bit more water, as that helps them produce better, bigger, and juicier 'fruits of your labour'! 

Morden Midget Eggplant - So cute, eh?
In the Greenhouse and Nursery
- Water potted up tomatoes/peppers/cukes daily... my great friend and neighbour Dave, filled up my cistern ( from his old un-used well) again and so I am free to water plants without worry, though I continue to be frugal!
- Fertilise with Gaia Green
- Pick some of those lovely Morden Midget Eggplants
- Pick veggies to keep them coming
- Water perennial garden this week as I now have the water to do so.
- The potted perennials look fab... please buy them ;)


The pumpkins are shping up just fine :)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

August Ramblings

Harvesting has begun!

Though it always lovely to look at a lush kitchen garden, this time of year the beds are emptying out very quickly!


Pumpkins are thriving on the blueberry berm.
Lots of sun and heat, room to sprawl.

The second batch of peas was harvested, blanched and frozen, and then I planted yet one more row, to try for a fall crop, even just a wee one. As peas like cooler temps, they will not (did not) germinate as well as they did in the spring, .

Also, harvested two beds of potatoes, the winter onions, and some of Delilah's carrots.
This first crop of carrots is a new one for me, you know how I like to try new things! These are called Danvers Half Longs. They are about 6" long and very tapered, very nice looking and tasting.
These veggies were all dropped off at the local Loaves and Fishes food share.
Sadly, I did not have as much to share as I would have liked, because I only planted for the family... not realising that Loaves and Fishes takes home grown garden veggies!
Next year, I will plant differently so that I have more to share :)

Sidenote... The white carrots are not going over well with the dogs... nor with me, truth be told.

The Golden Acres cabbages are lovely, and will be a for sure to grow again next year... they reach a good size, in a timely fashion, and are not all buggy. They do have a few holes from cabbage loopers and slugs, but not too badly.
The Red Mammoth, on the other hand, are starting to get all buggy, lots of aphids on them, and they are nowhere near ready to be picked size wise. However, think that I shall lift most of them anyways, clean them up from aphids, and freeze the small heads.

Golden Acre Heirloom Cabbage
The onions are amazing... lifted 4 types today...
- The Tropeano Lunga's are an heirloom Italian variety, good and sweet, a torpedo shaped, red onion. Gorgeous, thought not a good keeper, so is one that we will have to eat quickly and share with friends.
- Bianca di Maggio cippolini onions are also an Italian heirloom, it seems many of my favourite heirlooms are Italian! Yum! These gorgeous flat, white, sweet onions are used for grilling, salads, and pickling. They are superb looking!
- Aisla Craig is a Scottish heirloom that makes nice round globed onions. They did stupendously well this year and look fabulous!
- Red Creole..  did nothing for me... they never grew, most died, and so have no positive feedback and will likely not grow them again. I sometimes like to give things a second chance but when the other 3 varieties in the same bed did amazingly well, it seems pointless to grow the one the failed miserably.


Morden Midget Eggplant - my first ever attempt at growing eggplant... and they look so adorable.
They are cute, small, and purple...  and look delicious.
I planted only one plant... is in a 3 gallon pot, in the greenhouse, and has a ton of fruit on it.
Not sure if it was necessary or not, but I helped 'pollinate' it with a little paint brush, just to make sure I got fruits. Did I ever!
Am going to marinade them and eat them in sandwiches... there used to be a cafe' here in Nanaimo called 'Carrot On The Run'... they had terrific coffee, scrumptious raw bar desserts,  and their sandwiches were to die for. The 'Bella' I think it was called, was a marinated portabella mushroom, eggplant, etc... on a Ciabatta style bun... yummers! Miss that place... so have to come up with my own version of that luscious sangie :) Was the one and only reason that I decided to try growing my own eggplant, lolz.


  Morden Midget Heirloom Eggplant


Feverfew... gorgeous little herb, used as garden border in the deer proof garden.  
Flowers that are blooming this time of year... Roses, Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Shastas, the sweet aromatic Oriental Lilies, Pee Gee Hydrangea, Agastache ( Hyssop), Veronica, Perovskia, Campanula's of all kinds, feverfew (love it),  and lots of cat mints (Nepeta)

Glorious and gorgeous Oriental Lilies


 Agastache... Golden Hyssop is a real bee magnet.
I have some really happy pollinators :)

Roses and more roses, plus some echinacea. 


Rudbeckias and Walker's Low Nepeta
aka Black Eyed Susans and Catmint

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Mid August Chore Log

Wow, can this month go by any faster?
Seems like it was just in mid-summer and here we are almost at back to school time!
Plus, nights are cooler, mornings dewier,  and days shorter :(

However, all kinds of fruits and veggies are ripening...

Peche' Jaune Heirloom Tomato 

The harvest has truly begun... saucing, canning, freezing, roasting, drying...

Musica garlic


In The Potager
The potager is in good shape this week, much was accomplished but it is starting to look much 'emptier'!
Is kind of sad, but as much as I adore the look of a lush summer potager ... harvest is the reason we grow it ....  eh?

The nicotiana is blooming heartily around the pea trellis and 3 Sisters bed, and wow, that fabulous fragrance! It may not be the prettiest flower, but it does have a one of the best scents ever!

Nicotiana Scensation

- Harvest Romanesco zucchini's before they get too big! 
- Rip out more of the old Totem strawberry plants, leaving just a few to keep training 'babies' as replacements
- Hmm, shall I trim the tops off of the tomatoes this week to promote ripening? or wait a week or so longer?
- Cut down oregano as it begins to brown off and all the pollinators have had their fill of nectar.
- Remove most of any seed spreading herbs or flowers, leaving just a few so that the beds are not overwhelmed with self seeded specials next year.
- Take down the last of the sweet peas :( Boy, were they ever lovely this year!
- Sow seeds for spinach, kale, beets. arugula, and lettuce if seeding, and cabbage, broccoli transplants, if planting, into the newly emptied beds....
- Pick and dry herbs, puree and freeze basil's and parsley.
- Eat lots of pesto pizza made with home grown basil and garlic.
- The onions tops are beginning to flop over... so in a week or so, I will lift them. Once your tops have begun to flop over, on at least half the plants, you can lift them from the ground and leave them on top of the ground for two or three days to cure. I will be curing mine on the garlic table set up in the car port, as then my bed is free for the dill or for more planting.

Dill and oregano


Flowers in General -
- You remember that I am kinda flower-fickle, right? Therefore, I am already starting to think about fall planters and fall blooms, taking down summer...  
- Cut the top third off of any lilies that have finished blooming. If you leave the spent flowers on it will begin to produce seed pods, which takes away from the energy of the bulb. Once it browns off (next month), remove the rest of the flower stem.
- Now that I remembered to pick up brand new grass shears, I can finish cleaning up the lavender. Just snip off the spent blooms and light trim to maintain shape. Do not prune into the hard wood.
- Deadhead dahlias to promote more blooms! (which for me means, bring in as many as possible to fill the vases)
- Cut back or down any plants that have finihsed blooming and are beginning to shut down for fall.
Dinnerplate dahlias

General Yard Work
- Rake up and pick weeds in driveway
- spray vinegar on driveway weeds and pathways.

Huge and tasty Brandywine tomato! Yummers!

The Greenhouse and Nursery
Brought in some new lovely late summer bloomers to sell at the greenhouse and they look fabulous!



- Water, water, water...
- Fertilise tomatoes and potted perennials well this time of year as they have depleted the nutrients in the soil.
- Keep deadheading, weeding and watering...
- Tomatoes are beginning to ripen, make sure to have jars, lids, and all supplies for sauces... plus bags for freezing.

Tomato Side Note... of the tomatoes that have so far vine ripened and been taste tested, I most have enjoyed the White Potato Leaf  Purple Prince, and Prudens Purple the absolute most. They have a great real tomato taste, rich and flavourful in sandwiches and salads.

Greenhouse and  Nursery


Monday, 6 August 2012

Chore Log Week 2 August... Lots of Harvesting!

Busy, busy and busy times...



Around this time of year, we are happily harvesting some of the fruits (and veggies) of our labours ... 
Almost daily, more and fresh goods are ready for picking, eating, freezing, or processing.

Things That I am Harvesting 
- Potatoes
- Onions
- Carrots
- Blueberries
- Raspberries
- Black Currants
- Cucumbers
- Tomatoes (not from the garden yet, only from green/hoop house)
- Kale
- Herbs, of course, mainly Basil, eating lots of pesto pizza

The Speckled Butterhead lettuce finally also bolted. This great variety was the last to bolt, is soft and tasty, my favourite type of lettuce. Hubby and Baby Girl enjoy the crisp Iceberg types, which bolted long, long ago.

All varieties of lettuce and spinach have now bolted and been removed, but I will soon be starting some new. 
A friend of mine in Ontario, the sweltering heat belt of Canada this year, is still enjoying her Cut and Come Again lettuce mix (Mesclun Mix), eating salads daily! She grows it it in a pot so that she can move it around to cooler and shadier areas of her property, as needed.

 
Of the 23 raised beds out back in the potager, 7 have been pretty near emptied. Another two will be cleaned out this week.
One has been re-planted with winter onions.
This is lovely progress, to actually be enjoying the foods we grow... however, bare dirt is not nearly as pretty in pictures!


These stunning heirloom marigolds, French Stripe, originate back to 1791!
They grow about 3 feet tall with a sprawling habit....
Thus...they are no more.
Sadly, they took up too much room, were thriving too well and had to be removed. 

In The Potager
Many beds are being emptied as the crops are harvested :)
I never, ever dig up my carrots for storage pr freezing as they store perfectly well in the garden without me having to do a thing! I just pick what I need when I need it.... be it July or January.  
- Dig up potatoes from one bed to donate to Nanaimo's Loaves and Fishes
- Dig up some carrots, plus some of the onions, also to donate
- Cut back snapdragons
- Continue to tidy the herb bed, remove some plants, lift and divide oregano, re-plant one chunk of it ...
- Cut down most of the sweet peas :(
- Brush some of the soil off of any onion bulbs that are not already 'above' the soil level  
- Oh dear, remove most all of the bean plants from the 3 Sisters Garden bed. The corn was planted weeks before the beans and squash. By the time the latter two were later planted in the bed, I had completely forgotten that I planted dwarf corn this year! They are totally cute! And starting to produce cobs.... however, the stalks are only 2 feet tall! The pole beans are taking over the bed as they do not have those lovely, tall, stately stalks of corn to grow up! Sigh! Was such a great idea and everything is thriving so well, too!  
-Plant new, short season, beans! Bush beans, not pole beans ;) Quickly!


Front Deer Resistant Garden
Grass has pretty near gone dormant now, no more mowing required.
- Pick, pull, or vinegar weeds in the grass.
- Weed the beds again.
- Water the trees and shrubs really deeply this week.
- Spot clean beds.. cut down plants that are finished, deadhead, remove spotty, fungal leaves. etc... as needed.

Flowers - In General
I do not water my established perennials more than maybe once or twice a summer ...  
Nor do I plant new perennials in end spring as they will require too much water and tlc at that time of year to establish.
I plant mostly in late summer when temps are cooler, water deeply once a week, till the rains begin, and mulch heavily.  
- Deadhead roses, remove any foliage affected by powdery mildew, rust or black spot
- Dead head lilies, cut down stems and foliage as they begin to yellow and shut down for the year
- Remove and bedding plants that have burnt out from the heat or are no longer thriving
- Continue to pinch and deadhead all annuals in planters and baskets to keep them blooming
- Deadhead perennials and cut back any that are beginning to yellow or brown
-  Stake your fall mums and asters before they get really big!
- Day lilies are almost done, for those of you who have large overgrown plants, once they have finished blooming and start to die back, you can then lift and divide, sharing clumps with friends.


Fruits - In General
- Continue to harvest cherries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, etc...
- Cut back any raspberry canes that have already fruited and are browning off.
- water blueberries well, the early fruiting varieties are now ripening, the later fruiting varieties are putting on flowers and so need much water to produce great fruits!
- Deep water fruit trees!

The greenhouse floor is misted/wet down a time or two a day, to help keep it cooler

Greenhouse and Nursery
- Set up benches for impromptu perennial sale this Monday
- Pinch, deadhead, tidy
- Take cutting of lavender and rosemary?
Otherwise, all is well, continue to water daily and fertilise weekly.
Tomatoes are beginning to ripen, cukes continue to ripen.