Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Maple Hill Hop 152

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
*Grab the button above to link back to Maple Hill 101.*

With the commencement of autumn on the calendar,
our small fall garden was started last week.

 During the summer months,
we took time off from planting.
It's usually too hot and humid to grow much then,
and the bugs are out of control.
Some newspaper was thrown onto the veggie bed
just to keep the weeds down.

The first step was to clean up what remained.
Whatever weeds that were left got pulled out,
and these bricks were placed in the center of the bed,
to act as stepping stones.
The baling twine you see around the perimeter
is to keep the Sandhill cranes who visit daily 
from trampling the bed.

These pesky weeds have popped up all over our yard.
They are a constant thorn in my side. 

 Using the handy-dandy (free) online garden planner,
 the spaces for the square-foot garden were divvied up.
This tool is so easy to use and helps folks like me
who haven't got that knack for garden design.

Most of our seeds came from Sow True Seed,
a company in Asheville that promotes heirloom and non-GMO seed.
We've had success with their seeds in the past.
Beets, broccoli, two kinds of eggplant
and sugar snap peas were sown.
There's also a separate area for basil.
We'll be adding carrots, lettuce and thyme later on. 

I made some new plant markers this season.
Thursday's post will be all about that.
We enjoy repurposing items around here.
A new DIY watering technique is going to be tried,
as I'm thinking some of my past inconsistent harvests have been due
to a poor watering system.
Another opportunity to repurpose everyday items. 
Check back with us on Thursday to see what we've come up with. 

Looking forward to enjoying some home-grown veggies.
It never ceases to amaze me that these little seeds
can feed a family.
That's what we're up to in Central Florida.
What adventures have you been having outside?
HOP on!



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