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When I started trying to grow pumpkins I had them on flat land and the vines grew out on the grass. The moisture from the rain made them rot. So I had the idea to plant them on the edge of the property (we live on a hill) so the rain would run down hill and made sure that the pumpkins were on the soil not on the grass. They do better if you water them early before the sun comes up because they scorch easy. That's how I lost them the second and third year. And on really hot days they like to be watered when the sun is setting also. Last year I lost them because of drought. Summer of 2011 they did awesome though. Thanks for the tip on the soil!

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I'd love to hear what you did to "fix" your pumpkins. I wasn't successful in my fall garden. It really wasn't the right time. But I'm going to try again and I'd like to have a few pumpkins this season!!

Sorry don't do Dill pickles.

Soil (and really weed control) I follow Mel Bartholomews advice on Square foot gardening. I make his soil less mix of 1/3 peat, 1/3 coarse vermiculite and 1/3 blended compost. And the compost must be a blend of 5 different ingredients from different sources. The mix is wonderful. And since I'm doing square foot gardening in lightweight mix, checking the 4 frames every morning,the weeds are recognizable and easy to rub out.

This season, I'm planning on using more grow bags which I can move to cooler spots as it gets hotter here. My goal is to keep some cool weather bolters growing longer.

I probably don't have enough room, but I'm also trying for those sugar baby watermelons. I eat one of them a day when they are in season. I'd like to save that money!!

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Well this year I think I want to try growing watermelon, cucumber, and tomato. It took four years for me to get my pumpkins right. Then i'm going to grow dill, spinach, and lettuce again this year. I want to homemade dill pickles. Does anyone have any recipes or suggestions? Looking for advice on weed control and soil also.

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RK, we have taken care of that problem for a long time by adding a drop or two of dish detergent to a sprayer and spraying the sand. Works like a charm. Probably is the worst thing one can do organically. I like to think my sand is clean.

The other thing, since you're turning everything anyway is to add lots of compost.

Do you plan to put the cloth barrier back or throw it out? you could put attach it to the bottom side of a raised bed frame if you have one in your future plans.

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First, add sand in the soil mixture because I can spray water for 4 minutes and see pools of water and after waiting 10 minutes discover that the soil is acting as a barrier and prevents the water from spreading into the soil below.

Second, remove the landscaping cloth barrier and double dig the soil beneath. I am doing this because once I get the beds wet the water does not drain through even though the top four inches are dried out.

Third, test my soil with one of the soil testers purchased from Lowes.

Doing this is very hard. I am short of breath, fatigue quickly and have sore muscles. I can do this for an hour and a half and I feel great and this is what I call fun.

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1 - find a permanent space for my new grape vines
2 - try a new tomato variety (new to me)
3 - install a rain barrel (this was on my list for last year, but it didn't get done)

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1 Set up a new 4 X 4 square foot bed on west side where it will be shaded from afternoon sun for cool weather salad greens.
2. Move box 2 to west side and set it up with February seeds.
3. Maintain/harvest/plant box 1 and 3 as they finish.
4. Watch the sun pattern and decide if box 3 and 4 need to be moved to a sunnier spot. Record # of sun hours they get.
5. Streamline composting system.

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1. Prune roses
2. weed raised vegetable garden and prepare soil
3. Prune appricot tree.

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This weekend prepare my raised vegetable garden.
Amend the soil
Move my tomatoes plants in the raised bed
Replant my herbs
Start planning for future vegetables by March

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Nothing outside left to do here in the midwest USA. So my goals for January are preparation oriented for spring.
1) Decide what I want to plant for 2013 and order seeds
2) Make sure I have the supplies for starting my seeds early
3) Start planning what I want to plant in the flower bed in front of my house so I will know what plants to order (completely redoing it, including changing the shape of the bed. Have already removed the stumps and dug in plenty of leaves and organic matter this fall).

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My goals are to : 1 build raise beds for my garden this spring.
2 start building my greenhouse for next winter.
3 get a plan and build an herb garden for my daughter and I.
I actually have a lot more than that, but you said to list three.TI'd like to get rain barrels on all the corners and manage my rose garden. I could really benefit from some rain barrels on this house.
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Grow my spinach, pic my cukes and protect my pepper plants from the cold. So far my plants are 2 years old.

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Brave & Foto - I'm a certified SFG Instructor, so if you need any info, feel free to PM me.

My goals for the winter are:

Build a new greenhouse (just got most of the salvaged glass from Habitat for Humanity ReStore)!

Clean out my rain barrels (NOT looking forward to that).

Open a gardening business featuring "per square" organic heirloom seeds and SFG products (will find out in 48 hours whether or not I have the loan!).

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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Great ideas everyone - will try to include some of those to my garden to-do list emoticon

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1) new bed for the plants
2) add 1-3 new plants this season (bell pepper, radishes and lettuce probably)
3) transplant some of the barely surviving ones (parsley & spring onion) to a new home where they might be happier

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In Spokane, WA:
1) Cover fall planted spinach to overwinter
2) Pull the rest of dead plants and put them into compost bin
3) Place mature compost around grape vine base (my mostly-clay soil is very poor; the rest of my gardens are 12" deep raised beds)

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We had our first light frost this morning all around me. Not in my fall garden boxes however. But I'll take that as a warning that I need to get my box cover supports ready. I love to go to Lowes!! Guess I'd better inventory the PVC.

So:

1. Make list of supplies needed for winterizing
2. Build supports for plastic winterizing
3. Harvest salads and omelet additions daily. How exciting!!
4. Transplant greens
5. Try to get another box built and started with transplants started in NC.

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adding compost.... remove and paint tomato cages... cultivate..

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Harvested potatoes, but they were pretty small; emptied my petunia pots into the compost, pulled up the tomatoes and peppers...so that's done.

I need to put some more winter greens in my box.
The squash and cucumbers are still producing, so I'll leave them for a while.

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removing dead tomato plants into recycling bin, spray paint the tomato cages.... remove weeds, cultivate the soil, add leaves and compost.

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Hey - SUMITH2008: I didn't know that you could save pepper plants for another year! WONDERFUL! So how long have your pepper plants be going?

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Prune my Pepper plants to overwinter them for next year. Setup my Drip watering system. And clean up my self watering containers for my Spring garden.

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harvest potatoes, pull up tomatoes (soon), empty my dead potted plants into the worm bed

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1) Pull up tomato plants, which have overtaken my garden (lots of green tomatoes)
2) Work raised bed and plant garlic
3) Harvest last couple eggplants

Already accomplished: planted two gooseberry bushes and one blueberry bush. Also planted some new herbs and a few cold weather vegetables. We'll see what the weather does in the next month or two!

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Clean up more pots as the plants die.
Plant more lettuce.
Harvest crops. emoticon



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I am hoping to finally build a raised bed around my garden, take out all the finished plants and stir my compost pile this week.



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This week I plan to do the following:
* clean up pots with dead plants
* plant more fall crops
* set up small green hose on my porch- if the stink bugs do not over run my porch!



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My 3 garden jobs for this week are:
- empty the compost bin - DONE
- plant garlic
- weed, then finish digging up the daffodil bulbs in that flowerbed and replant (the clumps have gotten too large and need to be divided, but the weeds have to go first or they are going to be all over the place next year)
- Plant perennials that are in pots (moved from another bed undergoing renovation) in my "temporary" garden bed for the winter
I know that is more than 3. Either I can't count or else I've let things slide for too long and have to get moving on them before it is too late (I know it's the latter).

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By the end of September:
- weed the herb garden
- harvest onions
- plant greens

OOPS - I just managed to get the greens planted...oh, well! I will harvest onions this week and start weeding the herbs. When it dries up a bit I will harvest my sweet potatoes...can't wait!


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Soon I will dig potatoes, pull up the tomatoes, squash and cucumber vines, and may plant some more Kale

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The parsley freezes to the ground where I live, then comes back up in the spring. Basil is an annual here but it will reseed itself if I let it go to seed. But it takes so long to come back up that it's much easier to start seeds in my greenhouse. Thyme and marjoram are year round where I live so I just let them go wild on the side of the yard.

I also dry chives and green onions. They grow semi-wild and are year round in my yard, but when it's cold and rainy and dark in the winter, I don't want to go out to pick fresh, so dehydrated is the next best thing!

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It sounds like your garden is lovely. Thanks for the dehydrator info. I have one, and experimented with a couple of herbs last year, but I never lost any of them, except bee balm. Oregano, parsley, mints, and basil continued on after seeding and kept growing.
Hmmm. I had assumed they were annuals. Perhaps they are perennials in Florida.

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I dry my herbs in a dehydrator, it takes almost no time and I think preserves the color and maybe some flavor doing it in a dehydrator vs. the oven or air drying. I've done it the other ways and I don't like how even on the lowest setting, the oven "cooking" imparts some flavor, or the air drying which makes all my herbs turn a dull color.

Other things I need to do in my garden is raking up the dead clippings from the weeds I've been pulling all summer. Trimming the eastern redbud tree, trimming the Japanese maple, trimming the suckers off the Japanese snowbell tree. Didn't realize the snowbell tree had so many suckers, some pretty thick, so that'll take some work. Trimming the dead heads off the lavender bushes, scooping as much algae out of the pond as possible, etc, etc, the garden is never completely at rest!

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Feel free to list more than 3. I'll read 'em all!!

Waterfelon, do you dry your herbs by hanging to air dry, or in a dehydrator or . . . ?

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I have more than 3 jobs to do but here are my most pressing:

1. dig the rest of the potatoes, empty and clean the tubs for next year
2. dig the sweet potatoes right before first frost
3-cut herbs for drying before first frost kills the annuals.

Got some basil picked and dried this weekend, but that's all the dent I made in the list!

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It's bittersweet for me this fall, as I'm moving my gardening operations to a new home in Madison, WI. So I guess my three will be:
1. Clean out all annuals (we're expecting frost tonight, so that should spur me on)
2. Take down all fencing
3. Spread compost
Bonus #4. ID all perennials (edibles and ornamentals) for new owners *sigh*

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I'll just list three b/c new ones pop up every time I go into my gardens....

Plant more lettuces
Plant fall bulbs
Continue watering to try to eak out the last of the crops......

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1) Expand the manure compost to cover next year's huge garden area.
2) See my fall crop to completion (peas / spinach)
3) Get all 5 razed trees to the firewood, kindling, compost piles and waste not one twig
4) Plant my cover crops
5) Finish the chicken coop for the winter
Uh yeah - I know only 3 :) oh well

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1) take down the fence at the plots we rent from the park district
2) clean out the compost bin one more time (sifted finished compost goes in buckets, unfinished actually gets put on the veggie garden and tilled in to break down over the winter.
3) Finish digging up front flower bed and get bushes planted while there is still time for the roots to get established.
4) reseed the bare spots in the lawn from the summer's drought. Thinking of raking up the dead grass, spreading finished compost in the spots, then mixing the seed in the compost to give the grass a good head start.

I know it's 4 items, not 3, but like Gabby says, I've got lots more fall items like this to do to get the garden ready to rest for the winter and lessen the amount of things that I need to do in the spring.

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1. clean up vegetable beds and prepare for Spring
2. plant 2 rose bushes
3. weed the flower bed, plant more bulbs and mulch

Gosh I have so many more things to do like transplant, shred leaves for mulch etc. it's hard picking just 3 and I'll be lucky if I just do the first one! I seem to have so much more energy in the Spring and gradually run out of it as the summer winds down. I tried to dig out a mass of lemon balm the other day because it spreads like crazy and it has very woody tough roots. I still can't walk due to knee problems and ended up settling for just cutting it all down to the ground because I couldn't get my shovel through to dig it out. I'm beginning to think that with the fibromyalgia I should just plant more perennials cover everything with a thick mulch and forget about gardening - sorry I'm having a little pity party thinking about all that has to get done!

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By the end of September:
* Clean up tomatoes/trim and remove dead material
* Plant cool crops
* Clean pots with old cucumber vines


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By the end of September:
- weed the herb garden
- harvest onions
- plant greens

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Fotofish, the link I gave you is for a fall planting tool online. It can be used by anyone wanting to plant a fall vegetable garden, no matter what type of system you plan to use.

The Peaceful Valley link for the online fall garden planner once again is
groworganic.com/organic-gardening/fa
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If you are wanting more information about Square Foot Gardening, the book is available paperback which I would recommend. I started out with the Kindle version for my computer, but all the information wasn't there and charts of information were formatted in a weird way. So i wend ahead and ordered the latest version of the book.

I also check online. There are many videos on You tube.

Mel Bartholomew explaining the system he invented:
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I have found a lot of info for free online including how to make the boxes, even putting in the plywood floor and raising up the beds.

You mentioned the challenge of gardening. Mel makes this sound very easy. and it is. I've done it with a drop out prevention class of third graders. They built and planted and tended 8 4 x 8 beds. And it was amazing how well it worked and how much we grew in an area 30 x 50.

So I've been getting four 4 x 4 boxes going for my home. He now recommends 4 x 4 as the largest box to build. He has you blend your own soiless mix of 1/3 Peat, COARSE vermiculite, and 1/3 well-blended compost from 5 different sources.

I have struggled to find compost from 5 different sources. Walmart garden center had 2. Lowes had another. And a Hydroponic Organic garden center 30 miles away had 3 others including coco fiber and worm castings. The difficulty for me was mixing the 4 parts. My mom (87) helped me pull the tarp back and forth and we finally did it for the first box. And I'm developing my own system as I go for the rest of the boxes. Once you have Mel's mix in the boxes, you've basically done the hard work.

You never need to hoe, till, fertilize, and the few weeds that show up are so out of place, you pull them immediately out of that loose mix, or rub out the small seedlings.
His watering method with the bucket of rain water works great when it rains and when you're there. I've put in soaker hoses in the past, and that worked well. I only needed to turn them on weekly. And if I was away, a neighbor handled that ver well.

Enough. Feel free to write here on the team pages or to my spark mail if you have more questions, once you look into it more. I can't imagine creating a raised bed to any height without following Mel's procedure.

BTW, the Hydroponic Gardening Store had a huge grow bag, at least 8 foot in diameter, waist high. It would take lots of mix to fill it, but you wouldn't need to build a box. It was very impressive.

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Lyanna, thanks for reminding me of the winter annuals. I love pansies and purple petunias all over the front. I've been so focused on the healthy eating in my 4 square foot gardening boxes that I forgot about the flowers.

I must remember to feed my soul in the front of the house!!

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Hmm...
1. Weed, weed, weed
2. Empty my deck boxes out. (annuals, tomatoes, peppers)
3. Plant a few pansies.

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I've heard of it, but don't know too much about it. The link you have - does that explain what all I would need? If you have any other suggestions, I will greatly appreciate it.

Thanks,

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Fotofish, do you know about square foot gardening? Lots of free info on the web. and it appears easy enough to put a plywood floor on the 4 x 4 foot box and set that on sawhorses.

Also I used a great garden planning tool for the fall garden. Don't know if it's too late for you, but you can use their planner, and you don't need to buy from them.
They are in California and I'm in Florida, so the climates are similar. You'll just have to decide.

groworganic.com/organic-gardening/fa
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I don't have a garden yet, but over the fall and winter, I'd like to plan one, so:

1. Decide where to put my beds
2. Look for materials (on sale items) - it will have to be raised beds, I can't kneel too good
3. Decide what I what to plant

I live in PA, so I would welcome any suggestions on kinds of plantings and when to plant.

Thanks, Linda

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Oy!

1. Trek through the weeds, pulling as I go, to find my garden.
2. Plant some turnips, kale, fennel, and what ever else I can for fall.
3. Clean out the high tunnel and plant some herbs to see if they can overwinter...

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Check in and list the main jobs you plan to accomplish in your garden this month.

Here are mine:
1. Finish mixing Mels Mix for 2 1/2 more square foot gardening beds.
2. Plant the beds.
3. Protect the beds from rabbits.

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