With Thanksgiving less than a week away and consistently cold temperatures bringing winter ever closer, we remain hard at work putting the final touches on our 2018 catalog. We are excited about the upcoming season and the new items we can offer to our customers. We believe you will find many worthy garden varieties in our new 2018 offerings. To wet your appetite, here is a sneak peek of a few of the varieties we’ll be adding.
Garden mums, or Chrysanthemums, are often bought annually to add color to the fall garden or used as seasonal home décor but with some winter care your mums can come back blooming year after year.
Overwintering hardy garden mums that are planted in fall from plants purchased at the garden centers can be difficult. The plants do not have time to completely establish before the cold weather hits but there are two simple steps that will increase the chances of survival through the winter.
- Trim the plants back once the cold weather has injured the tops of the plants. Cut them back with a pruner about 2-4 inches above the ground.
The weather has been sunny and cool here in Wisconsin over the last week, as we work to finalize our catalog for the 2018 season. As leaves start changing colors and the first fall frost approaches, it is once again time prioritize finishing the last garden chores to ready the garden for the winter.
Tool Cleanup & Storage
An important, but sometimes overlooked, fall chore is properly cleaning and storing tools and garden equipment for winter. Proper tool care will significantly prolong the lifespan of garden tools, and helps to ensure that everything is accessible and ready for use when needed in spring.
I love one pan meals for an easy and quick week night dinner. Less pots, pans, and baking dishes mean less clean up and more time to enjoy with family. Fall brings chilly evenings, which often brings the family inside and together. What better way to show your family extra love than with a warm fresh from the garden harvest dinner?!
As fall weather takes hold, leaves begin to change color and the end of the harvest season approaches, we are finalizing our catalog for the 2018 season. We hope you will appreciate our new offerings as much as we have enjoyed seeking them out.
There is still time to plant garlic this fall! Garlic is an easy-to-grow, cold hardy perennial vegetable best planted in fall. If you haven’t tried growing garlic, we are confident that you will find it a worthwhile and rewarding addition to the garden. For those plagued by problems with deer, garlic is one of the few vegetable crops not damaged by deer. Learn more about growing garlic from our earlier blog post “Garlic is Great for Fall Planting.”
Fall brings shorter days, cooler temperatures and time to enjoy the bounty of the gardening season. Taking care of some garden tasks in fall is an excellent way to ensure the garden is at its best for the upcoming spring season.
Garden Clean Up
As vegetable plants decline, they can be pulled up and added to the compost pile, tilled into the garden to break down, or pulled up and covered with organic mulch. Any plants showing signs of disease infection are best disposed of or burned to reduce the chances of disease organisms overwintering and promoting problems next season.
Garlic is one of the best vegetables for fall planting. It is easy-to-grow, but has a somewhat long season, as it is not harvested until the following summer. Don’t let the delay in harvest put you off from planting this fantastic addition to the vegetable garden.
Garlic requires a fertile, well-drained soil, and it is a moderate to heavy feeder. Like other plants in the onion family, garlic has shallow roots and benefits from several fertilizer applications throughout the season.
Garlic benefits from being planted soil amended with organic matter like compost, rotted manure, or chopped leaves. In heavy soils, plant in raised beds to ensure that there is good drainage.
Unusual weather and stressful growing seasons are becoming increasingly common. Stressful environmental conditions can slow growth, delay harvest, and reduce yields in the garden. They can also make plants more prone to pest and disease problems. Though gardeners can’t control the weather, there are some practices that can be used to reduce potential problems when growing in stressful conditions.
Growing in raised beds well amended with organic matter helps to allow the soil warm up quickly in spring and also helps to ensure that the soil drains well. This is true for all types of soils.
With the Labor Day holiday behind us and the fall equinox approaching, we hope that your summer season has been productive and rewarding. Our own trial garden is a bit behind due to the unusual growing season we’ve experienced here in Wisconsin, but it has already produced an abundance of beans and cucumbers. The peppers, tomatoes, winter squash, and melons are finally starting to ripen, giving us a chance to evaluate varieties new to the market and potential replacements for discontinued varieties.
As the summer begins to wind down and our late season shipping begins to ramp up, we are already hard at work on our catalogs for the 2018 spring season.
Horticultural oils are an excellent option for pest control. They are a safe and effective treatment for several types of insect pests, mites, and diseases. Horticultural oil products are non-toxic and safe to use in the garden and landscape. They work by suffocating small, soft bodied insects, mites, and disease organisms. They can even kill insect eggs and disease spores, which are resistant to most pesticides.