September 2016

This summer has gone by real fast. With the State Fair just around the corner
and the days getting shorter, you can tell that fall is approaching.
The fig tree that cost an arm and a leg is producing fruit. My wife doesn’t like
them, but they taste good to me. They have figs at each one of the leaf nodes so
the production is great so far. I found that if I leave the fruit on the tree until
they get real soft they are the best tasting.
The beans I planted a month ago have really grown and are in full bloom,
so I need to remember to work theinsect control into the soil before I plant seeds.
The first planting of beans are starting to turn yellow and look like
they are on the down hill as far as production is concerned.
The Italian prune tree with all of the plot grafts on it is loaded.
There are three different varieties of pluots on the tree this year.
The first graft that ripened was on that had a greenish marbled skin
with a dark red fruit in themiddle. It was delicious!
There is one that has a light yellow skin and yellow meat inside and is very sweet.
Thelast one is one you need to pick a little green
or when the birds start feeding on them. Let them sweeten a little
before eating them. All in all it was a great graft for the Italian prune tree.
Last fall I took all of my Gladiolus bulbs and ground them up
and put them in the compost pile. This spring I bought a bag full of new bulbs
with lots of color in them and planted them. As they began to bloom all the
blossoms were yellow. I was looking for the various colors on the bag
and was disappointed that they were just yellow.
Later on the other colors started to bloom so it turned out great.
Rather than leave the flowers in the garden I cut them
and brought them in the house so we could enjoy the blooms.
The grape vine (which is the third planted) is doing great.
I have over six feet of runners set on the new plant so
far. So I need to start pruning the vines that are on the fence
to give the new vine room to spread out.
The first two plants I got from Stark’s were just dead sticks and
I could not get them to grow. I bought a plant from a nursery
that was already growing in a pot and it has not looked back.
In talking to one of the nursery men he indicated
that most of the bare root plants were harvested in the late fall,
then stored in a cooler and shipped in the spring
so most of the time you are better off buying a potted plant in
the spring that is growing.
My compost area has been real busy with the neighbors apricot
tree breaking a large branch. I was able to chip
up most of the smaller limbs with the leaves on them.
Then adding some grass clippings to the pile I was able to
get the heat up to 170. When I clean the debris from the flowerbeds
I put them on the lawn so I can mow them
up with the lawn clippings to add to the pile.
It doesn’t take long for the pile to cook, by turning it about once a
week, in about a month it is ready to pile into the bins to finish.
With the yard work around the house and trying to help
some of the neighbors with their yards it keeps me busy.
The garden is producing well. The weather is cooling down.
What more could you want?

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