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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Time to Button Up

With hurricane season upon us, there’s no telling what may need buttoning up in our gardens and planted landscapes. Here are a few worthwhile tips.
  • Check all plants that are susceptible to wind damage, especially your tomatoes.
  • Any newly planted trees should be properly supported with guying systems. If a guying system is installed, check its tension – not too tight, not too loose.
  • While you wait for the storms to blow through, harvest those just-about-ripe fruits and veggies. Don’t have any? Go to your local farmers’ markets or hidden jewel farms that have plenty in stock. Prepare and equip the kitchen for canning and preserving or just freezing some of summer’s wonderful produce. Make it a weekend for getting back to the basics. And if the lights go out, a good gardening book should be handy for those catch-up moments on reading.
It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype of the hurricane. The energy being produced in the sky seems to cross over to us. Everyone gets in a tizzy and runs in a cyclonic circle, almost like the eye of the storm. So take a breather and hit the must-do list. Once you’ve managed to button up the garden, get back to basics with what’s in harvest. Helen Keller’s quote seems a perfect way to end this post. “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

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