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Five Vegetables To Plant Now For A Fall Harvest

There are a lot of plants that germinate easily in the summer heat. Some are even more successful at taking root during the summer then in the spring. Plants require a few conditions to make them prosper. Heat, water, and nutritious soil are among a few of them.

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There’s no universal rule when it comes to how much heat a plant needs. Each species has it’s own expectations. Knowing which plants to get into the ground during a hot summer can give you an amazing harvest this fall. It’s important to keep in mind that through most of the plant’s life, the weather will be quite hot.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are an excellent choice for a fall crop. They actually work better this time of year. Spring tomatoes are difficult to germinate. Tomato seeds require soil temperatures above eighty degrees. If you’re going to grow tomatoes, it’s important to be patient. They do not grow in the same way that those winter root vegetables do. First they must obtain their height and foliage, then they will start to produce fruit.

Squash

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Squash can withstand summer temperatures. A lot of growers are reluctant to plant winter squash in the summer because they believe the heat will kill them. The plant is not called winter squash for this reason. Winter squash plants actually won’t grow during the winter months. They are known as winter squash because their shell has the capacity to protect the flesh inside it for months after harvest. Allowing people to enjoy squash that came from a fall harvest all winter.

Watermelons

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Watermelons require a lot of heat from a very young age. Making them the perfect thing to germinate in the hottest part of the summer. They can withstand cooler temperatures as well, as long as they’re above fifty degrees. Making them hardy enough to withstand the weather if it starts to cool off a little. Watermelons are a good idea as a fall crop if you live in zone eight or higher. As they require a long growing season. If you’re in the northern part of the country, try personal sized watermelons.

Peppers

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Peppers are another plant that withstand October temperatures, but won’t make it through November. If you plant them now you should have plenty of time to collect a fall harvest. Some pepper plants only take sixty days to reach maturity. Keep the climate of your area in mind when deciding if you’ll have enough time for a harvest.

Pumpkins

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Pumpkins should be planted in June, or July if you want them for Halloween. They are sturdy plants that won’t rot quickly, especially when frozen. This makes them perfect for keeping until you can put them into a pie. Thanksgiving is always more special when the stuff on the table came from your own garden.

Maintenance Is Everything

The quality of your garden depends on the amount of attention you’re willing to give it. We all want a large harvest. The only gardeners who are successful spend their leisure time pulling weeds. Get out there and take care of your babies!

This entry was posted on September 21, 2015, in DIY, Home.

Different Outdoor Craft Ideas For The New Moms

Yay was it almost a month that I haven’t been on this blog? Time does fly so fast. At least in my household!

Summer is around the corner and it brings with it pool parties, days at the park and entertaining the family. While my family can be easily amused indoors, the summer sun calls for time outside and outdoor entertainment.

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To inspire all of you, today will be sharing some of the different types of craft activities that can be held outdoors and bring the family together in a creative manner. The ideas mentioned below can be customized to meet your specific needs. Let’s face it, Mother’s Day crafts are very unlike Christmas crafts.:)

1. The Terra Cotta Bird Bath

The first of the summertime craft ideas is the terra cotta bird bath. This item requires a terra cotta clay pot, a clay saucer and some craft paints. The first step is to invert the clay pots so that the larger side is at the bottom and the smaller side on top. Next, add a waterproof clay saucer atop the inverted stack of clay pots. This saucer is generally used as the part of the clay pot that catches drained water; however, here it will act as a ledge for the bird to perch on. Finally, use the poster paints (and any other craft resources) to paint the pot or create a mosaic on the clay. We have done this for two consecutive years now and it is always a hit in my house. I found a good tutorial here.

2. The Toad House

toad house craftTerra cotta clay pots can be useful to build bird baths, but they can also be used to create a toad house. Once again, invert the clay pot so that the larger part is at the bottom and the smaller section on top.

Next, prop the edge of the pot on a small or medium-sized rock. The final step is to decorate the pot using poster paints, stickers and glitter, or whatever decorating resource you wish to use.

3. The Herb Garden

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This outdoor activity is both entertaining for the family as a craft activity, but it also provides you with organic foods -great for your meal prep plans. Herbs are rather simple to grow and the most popular herbs to use include basil, sage, chives and thyme. Children often find this an amusing task and the majority of children who help create the garden will continue to tend it – a method to teach children responsibility.

If you are feeling particularly creative, it is recommended that you grow a ‘kitchen garden’. This differs from a herb garden in that the food being grown will be items regularly used in the kitchen, such as tomato and cucumber.

4. The Customized Necklace

One of the most popular and enjoyable DIY project is the personalized necklace. To create this type of necklace you will need a chain or string, spacer beads, letter beads and small charms. Placing the necklace together will require the stringing of the different beads on the chain. If you are feeling particularly creative you could create matching necklaces or bracelets – one for the daughter and one for the mother.

The above activities are surely perfect for your entire family to have that great summer sunshine memories. Summer is also a great time to take pictures of your children.

Next post will be about preserving these precious moments. Chat soon.

This entry was posted on April 19, 2015, in DIY, Family.