gabriola garden

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bountiful Harvest, Collapsing Beans, Wet Coast

Went out one morning and found that the weight of the Scarlet Runner Beans has caused the bamboo structure of our “bean house” to collapse. As the rainy season has arrived on Canada’s West Coast, the wet foliage proved to be too heavy for our architecture. No harm done, except now the kids have to crawl underneath to harvest the remaining beans.

Signs of Fall are everywhere in the garden. Some flowers are allowed to go to seed, while others have to be deadheaded. The Geraniums and Petunias in the window boxes are still thriving and hopefully will cheer us well into October. Our orange tabby, Pinta, spends more time indoors looking out than the other way around.

The Squash and Zucchini are ready to be harvested and even our few Potato plants are giving us signs that it’s time to dig up the ‘taters. Come October, it will be time to remove all plant material from the vegetable garden that has finished producing, as well as to get rid of all weeds that might have intruded.

Depending on where you live, it might be time to plant your Spring Bulbs soon, but first you have to cut back the foliage on your perennials. Time for Fall pruning. Sara is determined to cut back her Butterfly Bush severely, to keep it from taking over that section of her flower garden.

Not only do we like to apply some Iguana Juice Grow at this time for the benefit of those Spring Bulbs but Sara also likes to add some Mother Earth Super Tree Grow, for good measure. Gardening involves planning and thinking ahead. Taking a pH reading of the soil is also a good idea, to figure out whether we have to add pH Up or pH Down, depending on the correction needed.

The generous amounts of Emerald Shaman, Organic B, and Carbo Load Liquid that we added some time ago are still working their magic, and we might add Grandma Enggy’s Humic and Fulvic Acids to the mix, to maintain a fertile, plant-friendly soil environment for our perennials through the winter.

Emerald Shaman was perfected by the plant scientists at Advanced Nutrients based on the ancient Chinese principle of adding fermented plant food, full of bioactives, to the regular fertilizer regimen. It helps your plants by increasing yield and vigor, through life-giving enzymes.

B vitamins are used by wise health practitioners to reduce stress in humans and they work much the same way in plants. Carbohydrates are necessary to provide much needed energy to plants the same way that a nutri-bar might benefit a superb athlete.

We can’t sing the praises of Grandma Enggy’s Golden Honey Fulvic Acid, as well as Grandma Enggy’s Humic Acid, highly enough. These magic ingredients are derived from “leonardite,” a rich, nutritious, organic material that actually has to be mined, then refined to make these two products. They protect seeds and seedlings, offer resistance to drought and stress, fight diseases and pathogens, and strengthen roots and foliage.

As we enjoy our meals of roast squash, buttered garlic beans, baked potatoes with chives, stir-fried zucchini, and Hungarian cucumber salad—not to forget our out of this world tomatoes—we thank the Creator for providing us with a bountiful harvest. We also extend our thanks to Advanced Nutrients for helping to make that harvest possible.

posted by Tim at 11:44 AM


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