Autumn

Youth Garden- Winter Version

November 13, 2012 0 Comments
Youth Garden- Winter Version

The Vinton Youth Garden is pretty much done for the year.  We have cleaned everything up, but there is still some lettuce enjoying the cold weather.  It is covered, but I’m sure they would prefer it a few degrees warmer!   To keep the kids interested in gardening over the winter, I have planned a […]

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But I’m Not Ready For Winter!

October 20, 2012 1 Comment
But I’m Not Ready For Winter!

Autumn is my third favorite season.  It would probably be higher, but it has that really cold season following it.  Whatever I think of the seasons, I have to get my garden ready for Winter.  This usually involves lots of mulch, at least in my case. A couple of weeks ago when the nighttime temperatures […]

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Fall Planting

October 1, 2012 1 Comment
Fall Planting

We have been having some pretty nice weather for Fall.  I thought I had better take advantage of that and get my garlic in the ground.  Well, the raised bed, anyway. We have four 4×8 and two 4×4 raised beds.  Last year’s garlic bed has been empty since the end of July, but I wanted […]

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Prepping My Roses for Winter

December 2, 2011 4 Comments
Prepping My Roses for Winter

Normally I wait until Thanksgiving to winterize my roses but the weather was too good a couple of weeks ago to pass up.  I didn’t freeze my hands off getting the plants ready for winter.   I am doing an experiment with four rose bushes.  They were not developed in Iowa, Minnesota or Canada, as […]

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Fall Photos

November 14, 2011 1 Comment
Fall Photos

In September and October we showed fall photos on the air that viewers had sent into us. Most were sent to the entire weather staff, but I managed to get a few extra (excellent) ones in my own mailbox.  They were from the Wapsi Warriors, a 4H group from Independence.  I met the group last spring […]

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Youth Garden Cleanup… October 3, 2011

October 5, 2011 0 Comments
Youth Garden Cleanup… October 3, 2011

While having four city lots for a garden is wonderful in June and July, it is a lot of work when it comes to fall cleanup.  Especially when the kids are all in school with after school events… or stuck at home recovering from a virus.  And, in order to get some sleep before my […]

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No Vampires in THIS Garden

September 29, 2011 0 Comments
No Vampires in THIS Garden

The tomatoes have had it.  They are done. Kaput. Finished. So I yanked ‘em! After I raked the soil around a bit, it looked pretty good.  And I had these bulbs of garlic just hanging around our basement…   …so I planted a bunch of them. I used the hoe to make rows about two […]

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Take a Hike

September 20, 2011 0 Comments
Take a Hike

Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls is offering a Fall Family Phenology Hike on Friday, September 23 from 6:30 to 7:30.  Even if you don’t know what phenology is, you are welcome to join a naturalist to learn what changes are happening in the forest as the season transitions from Summer into Autumn. Phenology is […]

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Cover Those Roses

November 18, 2010 0 Comments
Cover Those Roses

As much as I want to get everything covered in October, I have to wait until around Thanksgiving to finish up. That is when I usually winterize my roses.  Well, most of them.  Some I leave to the whim of Mother Nature. Different types of roses require different techniques for winterizing.  My Sven and Ole […]

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Winter As Told By A Worm….

November 10, 2010 2 Comments
Winter As Told By A Worm….

I stopped counting how many times someone asks me “What’s the winter going to be like?”  Well, I can tell you for sure that it will be a lot colder than the summer was, there will be snow and probably some ice and the nights will be really long. Predicting the weather only a few […]

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