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Zone 8 Gardening

blooms in feb???

blooms in feb???

Update on last year’s Cayenne pepper plant that I brought into the house. It actually has blooms on it. Incredible, if I do say so myself. ┬áSo what happen? What is different from last year? Well, first: I sealed the window from the inside, so NO drafts……Then I raised the ledge and opened the heater vent on the other side of the room so that warm air blows right on the plant. It does dry-out the soil, but resist over-watering it. After all, this is last year’s plant–not a seedling— and it’s pretty strong. Plus, wind makes plants stronger anyways……Kind of like walking makes bones stronger.

(Don’t forget, you can click the photos for a bigger image….if you care)

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Back Porch Beets

beetsAfter 3 years of gardening I feel I have a pretty good handle on warm weather crops, but cool weather crops are still an elusive puzzle. However, my instincts are screaming at me that now is the time. I have direct planted some beets seeds in the garden, and as a back-up I have some in pots too.

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Number #1 Rule for all Root Crops

hawkYou do NOT want to tuck root crops up against the wall or along the side of a fence. – And I learned this one the hard way. – Because critters like squirrels, chipmunks and even moles love to eat root crops and they love to run along the edges of walls and fences. These critters do not like to be out in the open and vulnerable to predators.

Predators, such as hawks, owls and even cats, do not like walls and fences. They do not like to catch a chipmunk breakfast and then slam into a fence.

Also, do not have so much mulch laid down that these critters can eat on your root crops and hide from predators at the same time. So make it easy for the predators and dangerous for the critters with minimum mulch.

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