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This fall has been outrageous in color. I thought I would share some of my favorite fall foliage and why the leaf color is so intense this year.
Why are the leaf colors so intense this year as compared to others?
Short answer: Weather.
Longer answer: Temperature, light and water…not rocket science since those, plus sunlight, are the most important parameters in all gardening. We had a wet summer, a moderate fall and a late frost. These factors allowed some intense yellow, orange and red. As I was researching this phenomenon, I noticed that some of the intense color is a bit of an optical illusion, which this season has certainly created for us. Leaf color looks brighter on overcast days…and since we have had our fair share that has also made the colors appear to be super bright.
Happy leaf peeping!
Fall is the best time for planting In the South —
Check out the back of her mini van after our latest shopping trip.
Our purchases may look a little beat up now, but no worries. We’ll plant, mulch, and cut these plants back in the next few weeks. Next spring and summer–lots of new flowers will grace our gardens. What a deal!
Were do you find your best plant bargains?
Living Wall Art: An amazing display.
WOW….Is that not the coolest wall decoration your have ever seen? It is quite literally living wall art. For those that are local to Raleigh, NC, this in on the walls of Cameron Village shopping center.
Isn’t it cool how they used plants as paint?
And the canvas is really a series of flats put together.
And there is a custom irrigation device that hooks up to a water hose. Unlike other art, this does require water.
I would love to figure out how to rig something like this up for my backyard….it would look really cool on the shed wall. Hmmm….any thoughts on an easy way to do it? I am sure this custom job was expensive.
So I was catching up on my Stephen Colbert last night and one of his guests was Will Allen, author of “The Good Food Revolution,” which talks about the need and now trend of urban farming. I never thought of myself as an urban farmer, but I am. I live in a city and I have a garden.
I am one of the fortunate ones to have the land and resources to grow some of my food. This concept of “food deserts” is not new, but one that truly concerns me. That many urban centers around our country have no access to fresh fruits, veggies and protein. The people there live off of sodium-rich, high fat shelf food. Could you imagine not having a tomato sandwich every summer, instead eating some “insta-meal?” In addition to not having access to these fresh foods, they also have no connection to it. No connection to how things are grown, seasonality and culture that comes with it.
I guess I really don’t have a tip or advice to share this week. But if you are growing a garden, first, be proud. Then share the love of that garden with others. Inspire kids, colleagues and family to support community gardens, local CSAs (community supported agriculture) or organizations like the Produce Box. Ironically, we all came from an agrigrean society and when we make “progress” sometimes we forget our roots. Fresh fruits and veggies and locally grown meats, eggs and other protein sources not only help us to be healthy, but also creates this sense of community.
So grow more, share more and support your community to help provide fresh food access to all.
Our rules are simple: You don’t have to bring a plant, but everyone must take at least one plant away.
The baby tomato plants that Melissa and I started from seed last month are always a highlight of the spring swap. Since seed packets usually contain about 30 seeds, there are plenty of plants to share.
This spring my sister brought flats of her beautifully tended flower seedlings all the way from Virginia–another highlight.
One tip: Make sure you have lots of labeling materials on hand. We used scissors to cut up plastic 4- packs. Popsicle sticks from the craft store, sharpies and wine box dividers were great for marking plants.
The rest was easy- It’s a perfect time to share your garden–great weather and lots of flowers.
What would you bring to a plant swap?