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2020 Pumpkin Patch, Garden Calendar, Sales, and Fall Recipes

Hours

  • Open by Appointment Only
  • Please call us to make an appointment – 970-984-3850.
  • We are most likely here and will open the store for your gardening needs.
  • Masks are required.
  • 6-10 foot Social Distancing.
  • 4 people in the store at a time.

2020 Pumpkin Patch

  • We have made the very difficult decision to not hold our 2020 Pumpkin Patch.
  • As our communities, country, and world navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, New Castle Gardens is firm in our commitment to the health and safety of all our guests.
  • We want to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those of you that have attended know how hands-on our Pumpkin Patch is. There is no feasible way to maintain social distancing and disinfect all of our activities.
  • There will be no field trips from our local schools.
  • We hope to see you at our 2021 Pumpkin Patch, which will be bigger than ever with new activities and food trucks.

Current Sale

10% Off ALL Inventory

(not including consignment pieces)


Fall 2020 Garden Calendar

2019 late summer / early fall garden. (Embarrassed to show you the state of our 2020 garden.)

  • 2020 has been a challenging year for Colorado gardeners. We faced many obstacles, including drought (our irrigation ditch ran dry mid-July), record high temperatures, fires and smoke, and an early freeze.
  • Direct-seed fall crops, like greens and radishes. Aerate your soil by hand-tilling and add compost. We currently have: Sheep, Peat, and Compost; EKO Compost; and EKO Clay Buster (compost with added pumice).
  • Tomatoes continue to ripen quickly. Pick off any new flowers as they will not have time to mature. The plants will then focus on ripening existing fruit. Prior to a hard freeze, remove any green tomatoes and let them ripen inside, making sure they do not touch each other. Another alternative is to pull the entire plant and hang it upside down in a heated space.
  • Harvest apples, grapes, and berries.
  • Hand pull as many weeds as possible. Do not add them to your compost pile.
  • Use Horticultural vinegar on weeds during the hottest part of the day and pull them the next day.
  • Remove dead annuals and cut back diseased or injured parts of perennials. We do a hard prune of perennials in the Spring.
  • Apply lawn fertilizer in late September to mid October. Use a natural and organic lawn fertilizer, such as Pro-Rich Turf Food.
  • Add compost, nutrients, and amendments to your entire garden. This will give you a head start in the Spring.
  • Mulch in perennials to insulate them, using a combination of compost and mulch.
  • Before a hard frost, schedule a professional tree pruning so that early snows won’t damage valuable trees.

Adapted from: https://extras.denverpost.com/graphicsdept/gardencolorado/calendar /gardencoloradocalendar.html


Fall Harvest Recipes

Zucchini Fritters with Tomato Jam
Butternut Apple Soup
Deviled Farm Fresh Eggs

Zucchini Fritters
1 lb shredded zucchini
1 large grated onion
1c shredded carrots
3 large eggs
1c Panko
1Tsp baking powder
1Tbl chopped fresh herbs (I used basil)

Directions
Shred zucchini, onions, and carrots
Add to colander to drain
Add drained ingredients to large bowl
Mix in 3 large eggs
Add remaining ingredients and mix in large bowl
Heat oiled griddle and add 2+ Tbls of mixture
Cook both sides until brown

Tomato Jam
1½ pounds ripe chopped tomatoes
1/2c fresh local honey
2Tbls lime or lemon juice
1Tbl spice (I used a combo of Chinese 5 spice, garam masala, cumin, and red pepper flakes)
1 diced chipotle
1Tsp fresh grated ginger

Directions
Add all ingredients to sauce pan
Simmer 1-1.5 hrs
Serve hot or cold

Butternut Apple Soup
2 small to medium roasted butternut squashes
4-5 small cored apples
1 roughly chopped onion
2-5 garlic cloves
1 chipotle pepper or chili flakes
1-2Tbls garam masala
1 13.5oz can of coconut milk or cream
2-4c veggie broth

Directions
Add apples, onion, garlic, spice, and chipotle to pan
Sautee until soft
Add roasted squash and coconut milk
Use immersion blender to puree
Add veggie broth to desired consistency

Farm Fresh Deviled Eggs
Use your favorite deviled egg recipe

Directions
The secret to using farm fresh eggs is how to boil and peel them

Add eggs to pot
Cover with cold water
Bring to boil
Remove from heat and let sit 12-15 minutes with lid on
Immerse eggs in ice bath
Crack shell into very small pieces and roll it gently between your hands
Peel under running water
Make sure to remove shell and membrane together to keep egg intact


Garden Maintenance and Pest Control

August Garden Calendar


– Harvest crops often so they continue to produce. Use clean small shears to harvest instead of pulling on plants or stems. Beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash and corn are ready to harvest.
– Peppers can be harvested as small as 3 to 4 inches in length. Red bell peppers need more time on the vine, but it’s OK to harvest them while green.
– Bigger eggplants aren’t better, so harvest when they are large enough to use, but before their skin loses its gloss.
– Are your tomatoes setting fruit? Consistent temperatures over 90F inhibits the plant from setting fruit. Tomato and Pepper Set Spray makes blossoms set fruit despite hot weather. Nearly every blossom will produce larger, meatier, tomatoes, ripening up to 3 weeks earlier. May be used on Tomatoes, Beans, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Melons, Okra, Peppers, Strawberries and Grapes. It promotes flowering, increases blossom set, reduces end root, and increases fruit yield.

– Clean up flower containers by pruning for shape or getting rid of spent flowers and dead patches.
– Deadhead spent blooms, pull weeds and plan.
– Purchase fall bulbs, including garlic, and save some money to buy bulbs from your local garden center later in fall.
– Mid-August is the recommended last feeding time for roses. Fertilizing later in fall may result in more lush growth too close to the first frost. We carry Natural Guard Rose & Flower fertilizer. It is OMRI and 3-4-3.

– Protect your plants from being eaten by deer, bunnies, or rodents. Bobbex is a fantastic product that uses natural and safe ingredients to repel deer and other herbivores. It also repels herbivorous insects.

– Powdery mildew may appear on susceptible plants like bee balm, veronica, lilac, roses, squash and pumpkins. Neem oil and sulfur based fungicides are effective controls. We have both in stock. Safer 3 in 1 is a great product. It controls both insects and fungus.

– Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth (DE) around plants to deter pests. As an insecticide it is not poisonous, rather slugs and snails do not like to crawl over DE because the silica skeletons are very sharp-like tiny pieces of broken glass. The result is cuts to their soft bodies, loss of fluid and eventual dehydration. This process works on soft bodied insects, including caterpillars and aphids, and on those with hard shells too such as beetles, fleas, cockroaches, and even bed bugs. Sprinkle bands of it around the plants or you can dust the leaves of a plant, for example, potatoes that are infested with potato beetle larvae. We carry Natural Guard OMRI Diatomaceous Earth.

Adapted from: https://extras.denverpost.com/graphicsdept/gardencolorado/calendar /gardencoloradocalendar.html


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