The Charmed Garden

From Planning to Planting, and from Harvest to Table.

In The Fall Garden

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Hello Everyone
Fall is here, at least in the Midwest. Many of you want to know what to do now. The first thing to do is really just sit back and enjoy the beauty around you. Take a deep breath, (and your allergy meds), and smell the crisp cool air. Ok now that you are in your zen place, you can do a little maintenance. By now you have probably swapped your crusty petunias for some fresh pansies and mums. Remember to water. Even though its cool, your potted plants still need to be watered at least every other day. Your perennial garden is well established so little maintenance is needed. Dead head to keep a fresh look in your garden, but you don’t need to cut back your hardy perennials. You should continue to harvest from your veggie garden right up until frost. Lettuce, Spinach, Kale and Chard are cool weather veggies so they’ll continue to feed you and your family until Thanksgiving, that is so long as we have seasonal weather and no surprise polar vortexes. You can pick green tomatoes and set them on your window sills until red. My 82 year Auntie swears by the method of wrapping green toms in newspaper and storing them in brown paper bags for a couple of weeks. According to her this should guide them into ripeness.

Author: Laurine M. Byrne

I received my certification as a Landscape Designer from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and I received my horticulture education through classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and through the master gardener program at Univ of Illinois Extension. In my designs, I love mixing veggies and herbs with native perennials and flowering bushes as you can see from the pictures of my own yard. I love creating gardens for people who like to garden, not just installing traditional landscaping, but actually creating gardens that the homeowner connects to personally. I love that my clients who thought they couldn't grow anything now have green thumbs, because all it takes is the right plant in the right site. And I really love that my clients become my friends in the process of creating their gardens.

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