It’s a Wrap: Snowfall Marks the Official End of the 2010 Growing Season

I have had a great time blogging about my garden all summer, but it seems that it’s time to wrap things up for the year. I hope that I’ve touched a few readers with my stories and tips over the growing season.

Jack Frost made a brief appearance late last month (stopping my tomatoes in their tracks), but he kicked our butts this past Sunday evening when he left a blanket of snow and frozen water in the bird bath. There’s no use denying the inevitable: it’s fall and it’ll soon be winter.

So I thought I’d post a few last pictures from the yard, and wish my readers all the best until I start again in the spring with more stories from my zone 3 garden in beautiful (but frigid) Edmonton, Alberta.

Cheers!

– Gardeninggrrl

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Making a Terrarium: Bringing the Outdoors In

In the fall it seems such a shame to lose all the lovely outdoor potted plants that can’t withstand a winter in zone 3.

Two Terraria

I am not an indoor gardener, but I like to save a few of my plants by bringing them indoors for the winter and attempting to keep them alive until I can place them outside again in the spring.

I’ve found that the best way of doing this is by making a low maintenance terrarium. Terrariums don’t need a great deal of attention, and that suits me fine.

I made two terraria this year. One vessel I found at Winners for four dollars and the other at a thrift store for two dollars.

To make a healthy terrarium, start with a layer of small rocks on the bottom, then add a layer of charcoal. The rocks act to hold moisture and the charcoal keeps that moisture from causing odors. You can buy the charcoal in the aquarium section of any pet store.

I dug up some moss from my yard for the next layer, then topped that with healthy sterile potting soil. The moss keeps the soil from mingling with the charcoal.

After rooting some of the ivy from one of my outdoor planters, I added it to the terrarium and it has been doing well with little or no personal attention for the past several weeks. Looks like it will need watering once or twice a month. That’s my kinda houseplant.

One Man’s Flotsam…

Looks like compost to me

 

I was visiting my mother’s place on the beach at Lake Dauphin, Manitoba this summer, and I came across an area where reed debris had washed up on the shore. The result was an area about 100 feet long, ten feet wide and two feet deep of pure unadulterated compost. At least that’s what I saw. For others it was simply a mess. 

Well, me being me, I gathered up some tools and shovelled several loads of the stuff into green garbage bags, putting the smelly stuff into the trunk of my car. It didn’t matter that the trip home was several days away and 1100 km…I had some free humus to spread on my garden this fall.