Friday, February 26, 2016

This Week in the Garden: End of Summer Tasks in the Garden


It's hard to believe that this is the last week of summer, with autumn officially arriving (after our extra summer leap day!) on the first of March.  Where has the time gone?  The days are still long and warm, and so many things are still growing and blooming.  The tell-tale signs are there, if you look, and it's high time that I tackled some of the end-of-summer tasks in the garden.  The plants that I allowed to go to seed for future collection are finally dried ready for the task of brown-bagging seed heads and pods for future planting. 


Of course, autumn is a time for harvesting more than just seeds.  Many of our small urban garden crops have been incrementally harvested and eaten over the summer, but not all.  Last week's heavy winds severely damaged some plants, including our red onions which had to be removed en masse during clean up - unplanned and a tad early than I'd have liked, but the extras are now chopped and frozen for ready use.  The past-harvest snow pea and cucumber plants were pulled this week for composting, clearing space for soil work and then our autumn/winter plantings. A luxury of our climate!  Decisions decisions...


What's happening in and around your garden this week?  Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.  

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