The weeks just before the first frosts are critical in getting the maximum harvest from the garden before the crop is lost. Tomatoes, for example, must be pushed to ripen as much fruit as quickly as possible. Last year, the hand of death (frost) came early to my house and slashed my crop in half. Tears please!
Honeybees visit tens of thousands of flowers in order to make a single pound of honey and, in doing so, pass the pollen from one plant to another thus transferring pollen. I've seen a ton of bees this year (they're back!) hovering over my basil plants. And I love honey. And unlike wasps, they didn't sting my 9 times on my anniversary. Mostly on my butt. Ouch.
Last summer and early fall can give the most bountiful harvests of the entire gardening season, and you can feel proud of the fruits of your labors. Pun intended! I'm most proud of my eggplant, carrots and winter squash. Yay!
You will want to harvest as much of the crop from all of crops asap! Make sure that all the plants are putting their full energy into ripening their vegetables. All new growth of stem and leaf should be thwarted as swiftly as possible by strong pruning. Water should be cut off as this point. But of course, you can't help the rain we're getting these days.
We love our marble tile floor in our new downstairs bathroom. It's sleek. Like sleek like a cat. What we don't like? The thought that if one of them breaks, we might be up a creek. So we're keeping two extra boxes on hand, just in case one cracks or if for any other reason a tile needs to be replaced in the next 20 years. Because, we don't kid ourselves, this floor will be will us until we sell our house (cheap) to one of our kids in 50 years. Well, at least that's what we told our 4-year-old. No Disney for her I guess. But she'll get a house.
As we get closer to that first fateful frost, you may want to lay the vining crops that are still producing into a shallow, straw-lined trench and cover them with plastic. Or just cover your entire garden with a plastic tarp or any other coverings you may have. It's a pain in the butt to remove each morning, but it works and will save your crop.
Like I said, we're remodeling our bathroom. We went with small squares of marble for the floor. They look amazing. But when looking over all the marble tile pieces in each box (4 tiles to each box)....they didn't look all the same. Some were way weird. Almost all gray with gold flecks instead of white marble with grayish streaks. The store told us to just buy several extra boxes and the tiles that didn't fit in with the rest, just re-package and take back. Great tip we think! Now we have a uniform floor and aren't stuck with weirdo tiles that don't match.
Look for veggies that stay low to the ground. They take advantage of the radiant warmth, stored in the soil. After a sunny day, even as the air temperature drops, the soil will stay warm longer into the evening.
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