1.With all the new food and manure waste we have been receiving at our organic recycling center, our newly made compost is the best ever! This is a great time of year to apply 1″-2″ of compost to your lawn and garden areas to alleviate compacted soil and rejuvenate tired gardens and lawns.
2.The garlic bulbs for fall will be in on the second week of September, just in time to plant in your fall gardens and around roses to help keep the bugs away naturally! We have 4 varieties of certfied organic garlic so that you can cater to all the full flavor range garlic offers. All varieties will be ready for harvest in July, or sooner if you choose to eat the young scapes.
3. Cover crops are used to fix nitrogen and enrich garden soil as well as preventing soil from erosion over the winter. Cover crops also help reduce weeds and attract beneficial insects. Some choices we now offer are: Red Clover, Rye & Vetch mix,& Field Peas/Oats mix. If you do not plant a fall crop, sow the cover crop mixed with 50% sand to 50% seed and rake lightly into upper crust of soil.
4. Chrysanthemum and asters will be ready to plant for fall color and we will have a large color variety for you to choose from.
5. From mid September to late October is your best time to plant grass seed in our region. A mix of tall fescue grass seed grows well here with its deep roots and durable dark green grass blades. If you need to spot seed, scratch or rough up the ground with a hard rake and spread and inch of compost in area and spread seed into the bare spot. Keep evenly moist until seed germinates, which is typically 2-3 weeks. Do not mow newly seeded areas for 8 weeks minimum because the mower will disturb fragile young grass roots.
6. Fall is the best time of year for planting all woody plants such as trees and shrubs, and also a good time to plant perennials. By planting now, you give your plants fall, winter and spring to establish roots before the next hot summer arrives.
7. To increase interest in your yard, select plants for fall color. Perennials such as Blue Star have blazing yellow fall color and animate your garden with wispy foliage. Most ornamental grasses add hues of reds, oranges, tans, purples and yellows that will light your fall garden in an array of textural interest. Shrubs such as Red and Black Chokeberry are regional natives and have a deeper red fall color than Burning Bush, with the added benefit of edible fruit for you and the birds. Trees like Oak not only attract the greatest diversity of butterflies and moths to your garden (which brings in the birds), but also offer incredible fall color late into the season.
8.In the retail center we are featuring a local organic hand made soap, some of which are made with strawberry seed, coffee grounds, lemon grass and rosemary that make this wonderful smelling soap an excellent gift for you and your friends and family!
9. In the garden center we once again offering a taste of the season with our own farm raised honey: light colored, mild flavored & delicious. Many of our friends use our local honey seasonally, to help reduce the affects of allergens spawning from local pollen. Our honey is harvested on our certified organic farm by bee keeper Bill Slater. He will be here to speak about bee keeping and honey production on 9/24/11 from 1-2pm. Bee sure to bee here early to get a seat, this one is always a poplar presentation!
10. We are now please to offer Biochar, an ancient organic gardening product used by farmers in the Amazon Rain Forest for centuries to promote sustainable agriculture. Simply mix Biochar into your vegetable, herb beds and container gardens at a rate a 10 pounds of Biochar per 1000 square feet. Dig into the upper 12″ of soil for best results. Some of the benefits include: better nutrient holding capacity, increased drought tolerance, higher crop yields, reduce pest challenges and improved soil aeration and drainage.