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Gardening with the Mid-South Horse Review


2021/10/05


lining rows of planted greens with Mid-South Horse Review copies covered with old hay

Kale is emerging in the rows

volunteer pumpkin plant from the compost pile

closeup of the volunteer pumpkin
Fall is planting season for cool weather crops, like spinach, greens, turnips, radishes, etc. Weather conditions are more favorable when there are spans of cooler weather, with lows in the 60s, and the fall drought is broken with some rain showers.

To add much needed mulch to your garden, to keep weeds at bay, and to create a path between rows of greens for easier picking, here are some tips. If you’ve “read all the readin’ off” the latest issue of the Mid-South Horse Review and find extra left-over copies available, they make a great basis for the paths between the vegetable rows. Top them with flakes of last year’s old hay that you don’t want to feed to your horses, and you’re all set! Wait for rain or, if it’s not coming, water to dampen the garden area – both for seeds to germinate and to settle the papers and old hay on your path.

Next spring you can till in the composted hay to add valuable organic matter to your garden. Plus, you might want to add some composted horse manure for added nourishment for your plants. They will thrive in it!

Fall is also a good time to consider landscaping with native plants and starting fall perennial garden plantings. Here is a link to a publication about landscaping with native plants for the mid-south area: https://www.se-eppc.org/pubs/west.pdf  And you might even get funds to do it. Check out the funding programs for pollinator habitat at:

https://pollinatorstewardship.org/index.php/funding-programs-for-pollinator-habitat/  And you can connect with folks interested in “Mid South Native Plant and Wildlife Gardens” on facebook.

The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, at 605 Airways Boulevard in Jackson, Tenn., hosts its Fall Plant Sale October 7-8 and Heritage Festival on October 9, 2021. The University of Tennessee Gardens offers trees, shrubs, perennials, and pansies. Find more information at: westtn.tennessee.edu.

The Gestalt Gardener Felder Rushing advises: get out and get dirty. But you don’t have to tell that to horse folks! You can listen to the latest episodes on MPB Think Radio at 9 a.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Or listen online at: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/486075531/the-gestalt-gardener . You can email Felder with your gardening questions at: garden@mpbonline.org

BTW, did you know that St. Fiacre is the official patron saint of gardeners?

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