Purple turnip seedlings
Autumn is only a month away. A row or bed of purple turnips can be sown in the garden plot. Temperatures can be hot, but the soil after sowing a row or bed of turnips can be kept cool with the water wand by spraying water on the row or bed each evening. When sowing the turnip seed, place the seed in a three or four inch furrow and apply a layer of peat moss in the furrow before sowing the seed. Scatter the seeds finely in the furrow and cover with another layer of peat moss. Apply one application of Plant-Tone organic plant food and pack the soil on both sides of the furrow. Tamp the soil at the top of the row for good soil contact. Keep the row or bed of turnips watered to cool the soil. The peat moss will absorb moisture and promote growth during the remaining hot days of August.
Saint-Barthélemy will be celebrated on Wednesday August 24. On her special day, something unusual happens as the dew of summer mornings begins to cool and lingers until the middle of the day. August mists can contribute to cooler dew, but also the fact that the days get shorter and the late August nights have a slight pinch that lets us know that fall is on the way. Many leaves see this subtle touch and have already developed hues of yellow and gold. The cold dew and the subtle pinch in the night air let us know it’s slowly ushering in fresh air, Jack Frost and falling leaves as we move closer and closer to a new season.
The Christmas cactus on the August porch
All four Christmas cacti do well on the porch as they enjoy the sun and summer as they bask in temperatures that will prepare them for flowering in December. They receive a glass of water every week and an application of Flower-Tone organic flower food once a month. They will be moved inside the sunny living room at the end of October.
Plant colorful fall annuals
Pots and containers of summer annuals can now be replaced with fall and winter annuals such as pansies, chrysanthemums, and oriental cabbage and kale. When planting these annuals, add a layer of crushed leaves and water the plants often so the leaves cling to the soil and provide extra protection later when temperatures cool. Oriental cabbage and kale will survive the winter if kept out of the north wind in a protected area on the porch and covered with a towel or cloth on freezing nights. Moms will also need a small amount of protection from the cold. The pansies are more resistant and will withstand the rigors of winter.
It’s time to plant the spring flower bulbs
Most hardware stores, nurseries, garden stores and Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Walmart or Lowe’s Home Improvement now have displays and tubs of spring flower bulbs of daffodils, tulips, daffodils, narcissus and crocuses. They can be planted from now until the end of October. When buying spring bulbs, pick them in bins or mesh bags so you can smell and inspect the bulbs for firmness and texture. You can buy hyacinths in individual and assorted colors. There are several types of daffodils but King Alfred is the most popular. Buy a blister reminder bag and place half a handful under each blister. Cover the bulbs with a layer of peat moss and a layer of Flower-Tone organic flower food before covering with soil. Cover the area where the bulbs are planted with a layer of crushed leaves. Hyacinths are available in the colors red, pink rose, yellow, lavender, blue and purple. They also have the sweetest scents of flowering spring bulbs.
Fall care for the next azaleas
The beautiful green foliage of the azaleas worked well and we enjoyed their colorful blooms in the spring. Their evergreen foliage is still lush and green. As August draws to a close, they could use a little attention as fall approaches. They can now be fed Holly-Tone evergreen food to give them a boost. In September, a layer of crushed leaves can be placed around them. The foliage can also be pruned and shaped. Give the azaleas a glass of water every ten days.
It’s time to sow Siberian cabbage
Siberian kale is the sweetest and best of all greens. It can be used raw in a salad or cooked as a green or canned in pint and pint jars. It is sweet, crunchy, tender and quite different from turnip greens and mustard greens. It is winter hardy and will endure winter and produce until spring. The leaves are a bit larger than other greens. A great way to prepare Siberian kale is to grill a pound of bacon and cut it into half-inch pieces, boil the Siberian kale in a saucepan until tender, to chop it after draining it. Add mayonnaise to the kale and bacon and add two tablespoons of ranch dressing.
Cool Weather Vegetable List Liner
As we arrive well past mid-August, it’s time to plan the fall garden plot. Seeds of turnips, Siberian kale, curly mustard, mesclun, onions and spinach can now be sown in the late summer garden. Broccoli, cabbage, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts can also be planted. Keep all cool weather vegetables watered with the water wand not only for moisture, but to cool the soil.
Make a tasty roast turkey bun
When you cook a turkey and you have leftover turkey, make a special meal of turkey bread with the leftovers. For one turkey bun, you will need three cups of leftover turkey (run through the blender on “grid” mode), a small bag of Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Dressing, a can of Swanson Chicken Bouillon, a small pot of Heinz Roast Turkey Gravy, two large eggs, Recipe Secrets envelope of beefy onion soup mix, one teaspoon of poultry seasoning, one teaspoon of celery seeds, half a teaspoon of pepper, half a teaspoon of salt, a cup of grated carrots. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the can of chicken broth over the Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing in a bowl and set aside for fifteen minutes. Mix all the other ingredients together in the bowl with the dressing and broth. If too dry, add a little water. Form a loaf or place it in a cake pan or baking dish. Bake for one hour or until bread is firm. This bread will serve six people.
Keep Hummingbirds On Zoom
As midsummer hummingbirds compete for space at feeders and fight for dominance, keep feeders filled with nectar. They now stay quite active at the feeders and burn a lot of energy. The nectar in the feeders will increase their energy level. You can make your own nectar by mixing two liters of water and three cups of sugar and several drops of red food coloring in a pitcher of water and pouring into a half-gallon plastic milk carton. Store the nectar in the refrigerator and use it as needed.
August proves to be a period of transition
As we move through August, we see a month of transition ahead of us with heavy dews, dense mists and a subtle hint of autumn in the air, along with the yellow hue of maple trees and tiny berries forming on dogwoods. Summer annuals are slowing down. The days get shorter every evening by a minute. The humidity drops a bit and the summer vegetable crops in the garden are reaching the harvest stage and some crops are slowing down. Thunderstorms are not as frequent. The crickets sound and the grasshoppers are less noisy in the majestic oaks. Slowly, silently, the last days of August plunge us into the approach of autumn.
Hoe hoe hoe
“Toothy sermon.” The pastor visited the dentist for a series of false teeth. The first Sunday after having his teeth, he only preaches for eight minutes. On the second Sunday, he preaches for ten minutes. On the third Sunday he preached for two and a half hours. As the pastor left the pulpit, many members of the congregation asked him what had happened. The pastor replied, “This morning I put my wife’s teeth in by mistake and I couldn’t keep my mouth shut!
“Return to sender.” A son wrote a letter to his father. “Dear Dad, Gue$$ what needs more? That’s right. Get it over $ soon. It’s better with him, Joey. The father replied. “Dear Joey, nothing is happening never here. We know you love school, write another letter soon. Mom asked about you at noon. NOW I have to say goodbye, dad.
“Dumbbells. Teacher: “If there are dumbbells in the room, please stand up.” There was a long pause and then a student in the back stood up. The teacher said, “Do you consider yourself a dumbbell? Student, “Well, not exactly, but I hate to see you standing alone.”
“The Last Supper” First Husband: “When I’m near death, I’ll ask my wife to cook my last meal.” Second Husband: “Why did you do it?” First husband: “Then I wouldn’t want to die anymore!”