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Garden hack #2: Scarecrow

Item #5 on my September Garden To Do List:  A scarecrow!

I went to the my favorite time-suck source of inspiration and found a few ideas for a garden scarecrow.  The mop-head scarecrows were my favorites.

Here’s our garden helper:

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We used some scrap lumber and wood screws to create a cross.  The cowboy hat, clapping hands, and mop head are all Dollar Tree finds.  The shirt and skirt came out of our charity box.  I used garden wire to attach my pieces and set it in the garden near the sweet peas! 

Total cost:  $4 +tax

My Fall Garden Plans 2015

I’ve been patiently waiting for our temps to sink back down below the 90s.  And for rain.  All this while, I’ve been dreaming about my fall garden.  I can’t wait to see it full and green.  But until then, let’s look at some pretty cabbages and lettuces from years past.

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Last week, we finally saw highs in the 80s!  Woo hoo!  My Fall Garden is slowly getting started, but they beauty of planting in September is that our temps are nice for so long into the winter, that we’ve got lots of time.   So here’s this year’s grand plan.  (The lime green print represents summer plants on their second wind!)

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What’s happening in your garden?  You can see my September tasks here.

September’s Garden Tasks

September and March are my two favorite months to work in the garden!  The beginning of September finds us about 80 days from our first frost in Shreveport, and that’s just enough time to get the fall garden well established.  Here’s my calendar of September’s Garden Tasks.

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The highlights of September’s Garden Tasks:
  • Bird feeders.  I’ve got them, but I forget to add seed.  I’d also like to make a few with the kids to add out at the farm.
  • Leafy Greens!  We are trying to eat 5 servings of veggies a day, and that adds up to lots and lots of green stuff.  I’m planting a lot more this year than I have in the past.  I’m excited to see if we can eat it all.
  • Kale, Cabbage, and Broccoli
  • Snow Peas and Carrots
  • A scarecrow.  Anything to help keep critters out of my pea patch!  Plus, I think he would be super cute.
  • The flower bed.  Oh the flower bed.  The lack (I mean zero, zip, nada) of rain in July has decimated my flower bed.  I’ll be tackling it, supplementing the soil and refreshing our plant choices.  I’m also going to throw a very veggies into the mix.

Garden Hack #1: Garden Mailbox

I saw this idea on Pinterest (how many of your conversations start like that?) and knew I had to use it. 

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My raised beds are across the yard from our shed.  Now, I know, it’s not really a long way to walk, but wouldn’t it be handy to have a dry place to store my favorite hand trowel and gloves right next to my veggie beds? 

We had a few old mailboxes hanging around, so I snitched one.  We sanded it and spray painted it pink.  Adam mounted it for me and we were good to go.

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The little light inside is a magnetic light that we found at Harbour Freight.

BTW, I haven’t posted many pics of my garden lately here on the blog, but there are a few on instagram.  You can find them by searching #inthegardenwithgracie on my Instagram feed.

September Garden Tasks

As of today, we have about 80 days until our average first date in Shreveport.  Hooray.  That means I have plenty of time to make certain my garden is stocked and ready for the fall.  Here are my plans for our September Garden:September Gardening Tasks

  • I plan to plant broccoli transplants, cabbage, snow peas, carrots, kale, onions, peas, spinach, lettuce, and maybe a second round of snap beans.
  • My spaghetti squashes seem to be progressing nicely.  I’ve read to raise them off wet soil to prevent rotting.  I’ll have to stay on top of this.
  • I may try a batch of fall basil.
  • Water, water, water.  September is dry around here.

On a side note, now’s the time to refrigerate bulbs if I want to plant those later.  I don’t plant flowers usually, but I always think about it.

Planning the Fall Garden

Planning the Fall Garden

It’s July.  That means last-minute summer trips, Christmas pre-orders in my shop, and planning the fall garden.  At least here along the 32.4° parallel.

Here, we can garden almost 365 days.  Our first frost doesn’t usually come until late November, if we see frost at all before January.   Though, we can see a night or two with frost as early as Halloween.  You know, in between those days of 90+ temps.

Most years, the late July and August heat are so tough on our plants that my tomatoes are done and my garden is ready for fresh plantings in September.  This year, the milder temps have been a little gentler on our summer vegetables.   But, I’ve decided to go ahead with our fall plans .

Here are my top 3 tips for planning the fall garden:

1.  Check your frost dates.  This chart has the more conservative dates.  You’ll want to count backwards from this date to find the very last date you can plant some veggies.

2.  List things you’d like to grow.  Think about quick-growing veggies like lettuce and peas or mild-winter-hardy veggies like broccoli and carrots.  We’ve eaten fresh, home-grown broccoli on Christmas day.  Beets and mustard greens and turnips grow wonderfully in the fall here.  But…we don’t eat beets and mustard greens and turnips so I don’t waste my space on those.

3.  Search out your seeds now.  I find that our local big box home improvement stores don’t offer many seeds this time of year.  They will get a few fall veggie transplants in August and September, but not many.  I noticed today that our local grocery store has a huge display of Burpee seeds still available for $1/packet.  You can also try your local feed and seed.   Amazon also sells seeds.  At $1.50ish, these are great to round your order up and reach the “Free Shipping” level.

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I plan to plant:

  • onions where ever I can find a space.
  • potatoes in a barrel.
  • lettuce and kale and broccoli in the green bean bed.
  • carrots and sugar snaps in the squash bed.
  • chard and spinach in the tomato bed.

I plan to leave my winter squash and pumpkins in the garden.  They should be setting fruit soon and will need all of September to grow.

I’ve pinned a few fun ideas on my Pinterest board “Wednesday is Gardening Day”.   I think this scarecrow needs to live in my garden this fall!
Follow Salinda’s board Wednesday is Gardening Day on Pinterest.