Early Fall 2015 at Cricket Hill Garden
October 8, 2015 by Cricket Hill Garden
It’s been a beautiful autumn thus far in northwestern Connecticut, with warm sunny days punctuated by just enough rain to moisten the soil in time for fall planting.
The warm weather will hopefully continue for another week or two and ripen these black figs. We find that lighter colored figs, such as our own ‘Silver Dollar’ variety ripen earlier and more reliable in our climate.
Its been a great year for many of our fruit trees. We don’t harvest these crab apples, but leave them for the intrepid song birds will have striped the tree bare by winter.
Quince paste is on the list of weekend projects.
‘Anne’ fall bearing raspberries will continue to produce until the frost. Unfortunately the spotted wing drosophila, an invasive pest, arrived in our raspberry patch this summer. The populations seem to have decreased now that the weather has cooled off.
Curing seed of our favorite Chinese cucumber. We have saved this seed for years.
Its no peony, but the rugosa rose we planted in the orchard is pretty spectacular on its third flush of blooms this season. It’s a magnet for bees.
Nasturtiums provide some late season color in the garden and spark to our salads.
Persimmons in need of planting. Another weekend project….
Planting peony seeds as soon as they are ripe gives them time to germinate in the fall. The white root radical is visible on this herbaceous peony seed which was planted about a month ago.
We are busy planting our tree peony grafts…
A page out of our propagation record book.
A grafted tree peony planted a few weeks ago is confused by the warm weather and has begun to grow. It needs to be tucked back in (covered in soil) and told to go back to sleep until March.
Planted graft beds. We are committed to growing our peonies without herbicides and spend countless days a season weeding our nursery beds. This year we are using more plastic in hopes of cutting down on our weeding next season.