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Beautiful Edible Bushes

October 26th, 2008

This year we planted 6 new blueberry bushes here at Chiot’s Run. I bought the All-Season Blueberry Sampler from Nourse Farms. Blueberries are great to have around because they’re pretty bushes and they provide healthy delicious berries. They are also really pretty in the fall.

Next year I’m hoping to incorporate a few more blueberry and raspberry bushes into our landscaping.

So what about you, do you have any bushes that produce edible fruits/berries?

Not So Appetizing

October 25th, 2008

After reading this article, a CAFO beef steak doesn’t sound so appetizing anymore. This line really got me: Animal feed legally can contain rendered road kill, dead horses, and euthanized cats and dogs.

Give me pastured please!
Happy cows = happy people here at Chiot’s Run.

Fall & Winter Watering

October 24th, 2008

We had a long hot dry summer here in Ohio, as did much of the country. I watered and watered all summer long. This fall we have still been a little low on rain so I’ve been watering to make sure all my plants go into winter as healthy as possible. Many people don’t realize that watering is still important in fall and winter. Dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and fluctuating temperatures are characteristics of fall and winter in many areas of the country. There often can be little or no snow cover to provide soil moisture, particularly from October through March. Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns can be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water.

The result of long, dry periods during fall and winter is injury or death to parts of plant root systems. Affected plants may appear perfectly normal and resume growth in the spring using stored food energy. Plants may be weakened and all or parts may die in late spring or summer when temperatures rise. Weakened plants also may be subject to insect and disease problems.

Guidelines for fall & winter watering:
* Water trees, shrubs, lawns, and perennials during prolonged dry fall and winter periods to prevent root damage that affects the health of the entire plant.
* Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees F with no snow cover. Apply water at mid-day so it will have time to soak in before possible freezing at night.
* Established large trees have a root spread equal to or greater than the height of the tree. Apply water to the most critical part of the root zone within the dripline.

It’s a good thing I installed those rain barrels because I have plenty of free water to make sure everything is fully hydrated. Here pretty soon I am going to need to drain my rain barrels for winter, so I need to use up all the water in them. What better way than to make sure everything is watered in for the winter.

Do you water in fall & winter?

How NOT to Transport a Tree

October 23rd, 2008

Mr Chiot’s and I spotted these 2 ladies taking a new tree home last week. I wish we had been able to follow them home to see what happened. I’m guessing it wasn’t pretty. The funny this is they could have laid the tree down in the back of their SUV.

This is why my camera is always in my purse!

Echinacea: Spring through Fall

October 22nd, 2008

This is an echinacea in spring, summer and fall, it really is beautiful in all seasons.

Don’t be to quick to cut off your perennials in the fall, they add beauty to the fall garden and they provide seeds for the birds in the fall and winter. Many beneficial insects also winter over on the dry stalks.

Are you quick to clean out your beds or do you leave the flower stalks standing till spring? Mine stay until new growth emerges in spring.

Reading & Watching

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.