In the Northern Hemisphere, November marks the peak of the autumn season. Trees change color, shedding their leaves, and creating picturesque landscape. In Washington State, we start to see a serious drop in temperature, which can cause issues in your garden. With that in mind, there are steps you can take to plan for your garden for next year, and that is what we will focus on today!
From Soil to Harvest
October in the PNW, things start to change pretty rapidly. Temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and the rain (for which we are famous) starts to return in full force.
I choose to see the beauty in the season! Cooler and wetter temperatures are just want your plants want this time of year. During their dormant stage you can make use of the perennials you have in your yards, start a new compost, and plan for next year! Check out our October Gardening Task List below- this is my favorite season to be outdoors!
Squash Blossoms: How to Identify the Differences Between Females and Males, When to Pinch the Blooms, and Recipes!
"August rushes by like desert rainfall, A flood of frenzied upheaval, Expected, But still catching me unprepared. Like a matchflame Bursting on the scene, Heat and haze of crimson sunsets. Like a dream Of moon and dark barely recalled, A moment, Shadows caught in a blink. Like a quick kiss; One wishes for more But it suddenly turns to leave, Dragging summer away." ― Elizabeth Maua Taylor
We are currently deep into our planting season, and as a result of our staggered planting, all of our pumpkins are currently at different stages!
You may notice that when pumpkins start to come through the ground, they have different looking leaf than when they are fully developed. We are here to explain why that happens, what it means, and how to properly nourish your pumpkins (and winter squash) through each stage.
The enthusiasm for our vegetable gardens and flowers usually peaks in early spring as we prepare and plant them. However, it tends to wane once the plants are in the ground and we witness their initial blooms. It's during this active expansion of our gardens that a surge of excitement and adrenaline kicks in.
Nonetheless, it's crucial to understand that the key aspect of gardening lies in nurturing and sustaining the plants after they are established in the ground.