Saturday, October 30, 2010

Longtime Oakland Press reporter Jody Headlee dies

Jody Headlee, longtime Oakland Press reporter and gardening columnist died Friday morning. She was an inspiration to many, including me. Here is a link to The Oakland Press story by Diana Dillaber.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weather stays good

The forecast calls for continued frost-free nights in Oakland County through Friday. We might even have another warmish weekend!
I picked beans Friday, Oct. 8, the latest I remember ever picking them. We didn't always plant pole beans, like we have the last two years. It seems they produce longer than bush beans.
We haven't had any ripe tomatoes for a week, there are some green ones out there, so I didn't pull the plants. Also, I left the top Brussel Sprouts till after the frost. I've heard we were supposed to wait to harvest any of them until after frost (tastes better), but it looked like mold was attacking them, so I picked all of the bottom sprouts. At farmer's markets, I've seen stacks of whole stocks with the sprouts still on. If I had a bunch, that's the way I'd pick them.
If you want to grow garlic next year, you could plant that now, before the ground freezes. Be sure to have a dedicated spot. Many times we've planted stuff for next year and forgot about it, then planted over it. Along a fence line is a good safe place for garlic. You could also plant cover crops. Here's an article about it.  Organic Gardening

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Indian Summer sticks with us

The next 10 days look safe for plants. This is great! I might get another picking of beans and the tomatillos which started late, might actually ripen. The weekend forecast looks nice and sunny. That will be good for spending time outdoors, cleaning up the yard. It's amazing that we haven't had a frost, it is late for this area.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Possible frost Sunday and Monday nights

Pick your tomatoes and cover your fair weather plants that are still bearing fruit, because here comes the frost. Frost is predicted tonight and tomorrow night in northern Oakland County. It might not be a hard frost, if any, but it's good to be ready for it. The forecast doesn't predict frost temperatures again for the rest of the week.

Here's the 10 day forecast for Pontiac weather:

If it does frost, a good remedy is to water the plants before the sun hits them. This works as long as the plants haven't frozen hard. Orchards use giant fans to keep air circulating, which prevents the frost from setting in on the trees and fruit.