No frost here yet, but that's about to change in a really big way! Of course extended forecasts are subject to change, but for right now my weather is predicted to be in the 23-24 degree range on Friday and Saturday nights - and that is a reason for concern in the garden. The 23 degrees is about 2-3 degrees above the threshold for doing some serious damge to the broccoli growing in swp's. As long as it doesn't get any lower, it should be ok though. So, ready or not - the little greenhouse is gonna get skinned Thursday evening. No automatic door opener will be utilized, because well - the controls aren't finished. That's ok though...i'll just crack the door open each morning, and close it up during nighttime hours for now...
Not much has been going on around here, but I do have some updates to tell you about. The grass clippings are really in abundance right now, and I have enough on hand to supply a great source of nitrogen for the entire upcoming compost cycle. Around 6 really big bags of them amount to alot, and scattering them on the lawn to dry out before use is what I like to do, if possible. Now, if the dadburned leaves will cooperate and fall to the ground already....As you can tell, i'm getting impatient. Hehe...
My little tomato seedlings in the bucket propagation system lasted all of 2 days before drying up to nothing. Reason? Because the temperature inside the shed easily rose to around 90 degrees one sunny day last week, and confining seedlings like that need pretty cool ambient temps to keep them from baking. Oh well....i'll try again in a few weeks. (when it's much cooler) Just for kicks, i'll probably start a few varieties of tomatoes and peppers.
Oh! I made muscadine grape jelly the other night, and it turned out perfect! Only 2 pint jars came from it, but it has the most beautiful color to it and man is it good! Me likey.. :-)
With temperatures really beginning to drop now, it's almost time to start some of the outdoor projects planned earlier. I guess the ramp for my parents' electric wheelchair will be first, and i'll probably utilize the scrap 6x6's to form it up with. With some rebar, plywood, gravel and conrete, it should be finished before christmas.
****If you have seeds ready for trading, i'll be doing a post that will explain what I have to offer - I can't wait!
Take care, and happy gardening!