2019-Newsletter 35- 🍂🍂I’d never leaf you! 🍃🍃

2019-Newsletter 35- 🍂🍂I’d never leaf you! 🍃🍃

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Here we are, Labor Day, the official end of summer according to all the kiddos headed back to school. My lazy garden is still going strong with sugar baby watermelons, acorn squash, and plenty of cucumbers to keep me in salads for weeks to come. While I have learned a lot about what NOT to do in the edible garden, I am still keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to eat at least ONE honeydew melon (see potental said melon in the attached image) from my garden before first frost!
However, I am aware of summer coming to an end because of the change in my flowers. To be precise: I have few remaining. The ones I do have, are getting a bit scraggly. Yes, there are many plants that have the capacity to bloom continuously for two to three months.
Did you know that when a plant finishes blooming, it immediately starts to set seed? If it has the capacity to continue blooming, you must remove the dead flowers and prevent seed pods from forming. Only then will the plant get the signal to flower again! In addition, when a plant blooms, it uses up a lot of energy. To help it along, you need to feed the plant in midsummer to keep it blooming at peak levels.
Annual flowers, especially those that shine at the end of summer like dahlias, need continuous feeding until frost. You should allow perennial flowers to naturally wind down their blooming season, without forcing further new tender growth with fertilizing.
If your garden features flowers that throw a second flush of blooms when the weather cools, like roses, you should apply the last feeding at the beginning of August. Unfortunately, your zinnias and daisies won’t flower forever. The good news: It’s almost time for mums, pansies, and all of your other fall favorites. With fall just around the corner, some of you may have already started your cool weather fall flowers from seed in mid to late July. If not, no need to worry as we have beautiful options from mums, asters, flowering kale, snapdragons, pansies and violas, all ready to take their place in your autumn garden.
That reminds me, our Pick Your Own Mum event was originally this Saturday, Sept 7th. The mum fields are only about 15% blooming, so we are going to change the date to OCTOBER 5th. All of your event listings have been updated accordingly.
Until next time,  
Featured Artisans
VetroArt Studio brings amazing fused glass works of art. Karen makes one-of-a-kind originals that are a MUST SEE!
Serene Spaces for You is a great place to review Sheli Toepher’s original artwork. She will also be sampling healthy options friom Organo coffee.
Wednesday, Sept 18th 6-9PM
Why did the potataoes argue?
They didn’t see eye to eye!
What did the lettuce say to the celery?
Quit stalking me!
Cookie Dough Egg Rolls
I discovered these amazing bites at a Taste of Madison many moons ago… 
  • egg roll wrappers
  • (16.5-oz.) log store-bought cookie dough
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted

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