Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


September Musings by Editor
September 23, 2009, 3:42 am
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Well, we are in the dog days of summer. My garden looks pretty tired, what with the extreme heat and the cut backs we have made in the watering, things are not looking their best.

That aside, I had a killer tomato crop this year. I managed to make a lot of frozen sauce and my new favorite, dried tomatoes, using a Ronco food dryer. Try putting newspaper under your melons, squash and pumpkins to keep the bugs off.

This is a great time to prepare parts of your garden for fall planting, weeding, and removing spent vegetables and adding organic components to your soil.  If you haven’t looked into the concept of mulching, this is a good time to study up while it is too hot to work outside. If you are using less water now, it is critical to get the most out of what you do use.  One method I have had good success with is placing newspaper (flat, several pages thick around plants and between rows, I then cover it with straw. October is great planting months, so get ready.

The paper keeps the weeds down and the straw keeps the moisture in and the paper down.  I use the LA Times as the ink is soy based, NCT is petroleum based. You can get a bale of straw for under $10 at farm feed supplies like Grangetos or Country Feed.

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