Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts

September 13, 2017

Fall Gardening Tips

Summer 2017 came and went in a blink of an eye.
It wont go down as the best Summer weather ever but it was a great one for my garden.
All that rain and cooler temperatures kept my garden beds very green and lush.
Seems almost criminal to cut them back but the time has come.
I started by cutting back my tiger lilies, African Zinnia and Shasta daisies a few weeks ago.
They had already begun to turn brown and wilt.
Being extra careful not to cut off the emerging buds below.
Here are some websites to help you better identify which perennials you should cut back and when.
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Everything in my garden is pruned back with the exception of  my Gardillas,
Echinaceas and
  Rudbeckias.
They will turn to seeds and hopefully give me some new plants in the Spring.
Next is the worse chore of all, weeding. The beds had alot more weeds this year because of the rain and it was a constant battle keeping them under control. Come Fall I make sure to remove as many as possible so they dont develop a deeper root system or spread.
 A mini garden rake is a great tool for this. It helps to ease stubborn weeds out by loosing the roots, making it easier to rip them out.
Now for the most important step of all and the one thing I highly recommend.
MUCLH!
This is 2 yards of it and approximately 6 hours of labour. 
So I can get these 6 Benefits of mulching.
Grillo Services has this great article that explains how
Last Spring I noticed a huge difference in my plants and garden beds. Less weeding, healthier plants and bigger flowers. As well as it looks cleaner with the mulch.
Here are the beds now, cut back, de-weeded and mulched.
There are a few plants that you can harvest seeds from for next year.
I collect my Cosmos and Zinnias seeds.
The flowers dry into these seed balls . 
Which I cut and store in a marked envelope.
Here is a more extensive list to help you harvest your seeds.
Now to enjoy thus glorious time of the year.
Saved the best tip for last,
ENJOY IT ALL....from the cutting back, weeding, mulching, seed saving or  doing nothing at all.
Life is about doing what you love, being happy, finding joy and being grateful for what you have.
Lucky for me gardening is all of the above.
Happy Fall y'all!


October 23, 2015

Bootifying Greenacre

Halloween is HUGE  at Greenacre. A close second to Christmas but one of the girls most favourite holiday. I think the candy has alot to do with it but I make sure to bootify Greenacre every year for them.
 Alot if the decorations are from the dollar store.
 I just group and stage them to look super spooky.
 Mesh ribbon has become my new favourite thing to decorate with for obvious reasons.
 Ghosts hanging around the backyard.
 Skeletons and pumpkins greeting them when they come home from school.
My Fall ball is made by tying 2 hanging baskets together and weaving a piece of mesh around it. 
 Glued a couple of leaves and voila! and Fall ball is born.
 Can you tell I have a thing for owls?
 In the Spring we had to rip out the grapes because of all the bees that the grapes attracted. I used the grapes vines to make this garland. It looks so good that I might just rip out the other grape vines to make another garland.
The tall light brown branches are dried up daylily stems. I leave them on after they have bloom until they turn brown and then gather them to use as a Fall decoration.
I used to use corn stalks but between the animals eating the corn, the wind blowing them out of place and the moisture turning the leaves brown....the dried up daylily stems made a better alternative.

Here are some free Halloween printables to Bootify your home.


















Have a Bootiful Halloween!

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