Gardening in the Fall. I take little pleasure that the recent foul and garden devastating weather set records. I tried to practice philosophical acceptance: seasons change, (tomato) plants mature and die; uncontrollable weather happens. That barely works to raise my spirits as I pull blacked and limp stems from my vegetable pots…Aha! Pots. There were some real successes so let’s begin there. more
Autumnal Equinox. So what if the first day of autumn, astrologically speaking is September 21?
I’d say, “Not really,” and join the phenologists who cannily determine seasonal change by the behavior of plants and animals. Our sybaritic cat called the season by shifting from active predator of voles to the stationary comfort of my bed pillows. It’s autumn, for sure. The cat said so. more
The handplant tree order form from the Pennington County Soil Conservation District is now available online. Most trees and shrubs cost $1. A Rapid City phone number will answer questions and sign you up for the printed "District News" newsletter. more
October gardening tip. *Remove any diseased or insect-infested plant material from your garden, since it may harbor over-wintering stages of disease or insect pests. If you leave this plant material in your garden, you are leaving diseases and insects which will begin to reproduce again next spring and add to next years' pest problem. more
BLOSSOM END ROT (watch video) is a black blemish on the underside of the fruit, caused by irregular watering, insufficient water and also lack of calcium. Liming an acid soil helps avoid this disorder. Video will show how to use one Tums tablet (calcium carbonate) in gallon of water to make a quick spray. more
Bothersome wasps? This video will show you how to use paper bags from the grocery store to set up a rival wasp nest. This solution is simple, quick, no cost, and chemical free. Tender-hearted gardeners will appreciate the fact that wasps aren't really "destroyed," only made to feel unwelcome. Of course, the same benefit can accrue to back-deck loungers, roofers, and others working on house-repair projects.
Do you wonder how to recognize GMO produce in the fresh food section of the grocery store? Click on the Foods tab for information to give meaning to the ID numbers