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September 2019 Colorado Garden Calendar
Use fresh potting soil to grow a fall crop in containers, along with a slow-release fertilizer.
Tomatoes are ripening quickly (if yours are growing at all… ) and there’s no telling when frost will hit, so pick often. Pinch off the new yellow flowers because these blossoms won’t have time to mature; the plant will then focus on ripening existing fruit.
Harvest your apples when they are easy to pull from the tree.
Knowing when to harvest homegrown grapes is as easy as tasting one grape. Be sure to harvest at peak flavor because grapes will not ripen once picked.
Ripe raspberries and blackberries easily come off the vine. Pick the ripe berries often. You can make jams after harvest or freeze a layer on a cookie sheet; once frozen, place in airtight bags.
Weeds that have gone to seed this year will come back next year in larges numbers unless treated this year. Common annual weeds include crabgrass, purslane, mallow, and knotweed. Tough perennial weeds include dandelions, oxalis, plantain, and bindweed. Hand pulling weeds is an immediate and environmentally friendly method. It is also a great stress reliever after a bad day.
We use 30% horticultural vinegar and then pull the weeds the next day.
Let weeds dry out before tossing them, and never put them in a compost pile if they’ve gone to seed.
A late summer application of Nolo Bait will help reduce the grasshopper population both this year and next spring. We have a couple of bags left in stock, as Nolo has stopped their production for the year.
Adapted from: https://extras.denverpost.com/graphicsdept/gardencolorado/calendar/gardencoloradocalendar.html
Houseplant of the Week: Fiddle Leaf Fig
Light: Give it bright consistent light, preferably by a sunny window. Turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean toward the light.
Drafts: Make sure that your window is properly sealed. Figs are used to the still warm conditions of the rainforest. Cold drafts from windows, doors, and air-conditioning units may cause its leaves to dry out and drop.
Soil: Rich, well-drained peaty soil. Plan on re-potting about once a year. Once roots become crowded they will start growing through the container’s drainage hole, causing circulation problems and even root rot.
Water: Water only when soil is dry to the touch. Then water thoroughly (until the water drains into the saucer) and allow to dry out again. If plants don’t get enough water, new leaves will turn brown and drop; on the other hand, if they are overwatered, the oldest leaves (toward the base of the plant) will turn brown and fall off.
Fertilizer: Feed with our special concoction (1 tbls each of kelp, epsom salts, and Grow per gallon of water).
Pests: Figs are vulnerable to aphids, mealy bugs, scale, mites, and whiteflies. These pests cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop. Inspect the foliage regularly. If signs of infestation occur, use Safer Insecticidal Soap.
Recipe of the Week: French Onion Soup
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