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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Gardening - Getting ready for the cold ...

Just got my plants winterized (ready for the cold weather ahead) and all, but one that needs to be (too heavy to lift solo so needs must wait till K gets home), moved into the greenhouse. 
Bring on the chill, we're ready!

(not that it gets terribly cold in this part of Canada, compared to the majority of the rest of it)

I think that, mid-month, I'll make a trip to a local nursery and see what I can pick up from the end of season left overs (heh .. I have two french tarragon plants which were sold as annuals but are preparing to see their second winter). I have gotten some really nice plants at killer prices just because it was the end of the growing season.

This is about all the gardening I have managed to accomplish this year, between the reno and getting K's mom moved in ... the beastly hot/dry summer we had ... and my own issues (including a summer semester at Uni), and my poor potted plants really showed the neglect.

I spent most of my time outside pruning back the unhealthy looking overgrowth in the main Peppermint and Lemon Balm pots and trimming down the two new LB plants which self-seeded into nearby pots from the parent plant (and then promptly killed off each pot's original inhabitant). 

Got my French Tarragon, Curry Plant (not really curry ... which is a collection of diverse spices mixed together ... but it smells pleasant and reminiscent of mild curry when it's cooking in a dish), Boneset, Lavender, Gentian, Oregano and Sage trimmed back and into the greenhouse along with my Wild Dog Rose (no trim needed). My Echinacea is ready to go in but, as the last time I tried to move it was resulted in a fall which came close to having life threatening ramifications, it will wait till I have able bodied help to carry it ( see? I CAN learn ^_~)

I will likely need to shuffle the pots around in the greenhouse, at latest come February, so that I can have the front side (which gets the most light during the course of the day) available for when it comes time to start seeds. I have managed to accumulate a really nice variety and am quite looking forward to seeing if I can master the art of germination.

I'm also considering whether I need to pick up a heater for my little greenhouse ... we'll have to see how cold things get this winter.

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