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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

The Fall garden is IN. Only 3-4 weeks late. :-)

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2015, at 10:28 AM
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  • I might get a tomato before it's all said and done...I have a super tomato plant all the sudden! I'm not sure there was enough rain here...If we don't get more I'll be wielding the hosepipe pretty soon.

    My next task will be to cover all these strawberry plants with pine straw but, I have to wait until my neighbors pine trees begin to shed their needles.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Sep 27, 2015, at 7:49 AM
  • Yeh,I have some huge, strange lookin' tomatoes coming thanks to a friend who gets a little carried away in Spring time. I believe this mild weather is prime for them.

    If I miss some bad mistypes, please hang in with me. I took an extra half of a sleeping aid last night and my hand, mind, eye coordination is less than desired.

    I would stop writing but it is my calm part of the day and my thoughts might disappear....... if they haven't already, :-)

    No, it might be best to stop and come back after-all. I've got hiccups, my thoughts have dissipated and I can't spell one word without running it together, misspelling or forgetting.

    Until later.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 28, 2015, at 7:18 AM
  • Ah, I'm back and we'll see if the extra sleep helped by eye,mind, hand coordination. Only one mistype on that sentence, much better.

    I would hold off on the mulching of strawberries until the first frost is coming down the pike. Wet sessions like this can create mold and mildew on the plants.

    You already know that Chef, but saying it for others who stay on the shadows here. Either that, or if you have to do it when you can, I would make sure I have a very firm straw at will not soften and lay too close to the strawberries.

    Just an opinion, of course. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 28, 2015, at 9:52 AM
  • I'm impressed!!!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Sep 28, 2015, at 3:19 PM
  • The fact that I finally did it? Me too!

    I have also toyed with the idea of planting sugar snap peas in another "baled" cold frame and let them run on the ground. Maybe?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 28, 2015, at 3:47 PM
  • Well, the little green thingies are start to show their faces. They should have plenty of time to be productive before any serous frosts.

    Ouch, wish I had not said that!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 29, 2015, at 10:23 AM
  • Don't jinx us, this weather is weird enough...young man f**st might hit us hard before "Old Man Winter" obliterates the rest.

    I'm still determined to get that one tomato before it's all over! Cross your fingers and your toes!

    Those strawberries will get the pine straw only when its cold enough to freeze any moisture then I think a layer of straw for protection. I'm hoping the pine straw will break down over time.

    I need more natural nutrients in the soil out here it's looking a little sandy and maybe too acidic even tho it's mostly that topsoil from Walmart. No telling where or what the composition of that topsoil is, looks can be deceiving!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Sep 29, 2015, at 8:12 PM
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