I'm a Southern woman with family roots in farming. An Appalachain State University graduate, married, and the mother of two, grown and very nice, children. I am recently retired with a long-time hobby of growing flowers, vegetables and houseplants. Now a Master Gardener intern, earned in April 2017, I am excited to give to my community through gardening and gardening related events.
To learn more about the North Carolina State University sponsored Master Gardener program contact your county North Carolina Cooperative Extension office.
What a lovely Fall day down South! Abundant sun shining down through a Carolina blue sky, perfect humidity, a gentle breeze, and 70 degrees following two days of rain. Wow. Money cannot buy this. This is great skipping school weather! I'd skip two in a row if I were still doing school.
In the spirit of enjoying the weather, yes I am a ram. Walked both dogs, chatted with a neighbor along the way, took some pictures of...
Field peas are on tonight's dinner menu. With not enough sun or heat they had slowed down so much there is no point in going on so I picked them all and will cut off the tops leaving the roots to provided nitrogen for the lettuce I'll plant there.
I am taking a class at the Ag Extension office on sustainable agriculture. Tuesday we were instructed on how to read our soil reports. I just checked online and mine report is not completed. I am so excited to know what our soil needs to produce optimally. My money is on lime and boron.
Fire ants moved in under our wheat straw mulch and took over a corner of the broccoli, kale and cabbage patch. The quest for organic pesticides yielded a three prong approach. Boiling water, lawn mower on top of the mound, and two chemicals, spinosid and perethrins. A check of the nest this morning shows...NO ANTS! and that was with boiling water and lawn mower.
All cool weather crops are on go. Lettuce looks loverly. Cole crops look loverly. Mustard is loverly. I've brought out the wire to cover the beds for the frosty days ahead and have started another round of seedlings of Amish lettuce, Swiss Chard and Butternut.
Garlic of all varieties will go in when we have had a few more cool days and nights. Still in the 80's during the day. That's summer in some places.