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Quarterly Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter
September-November 2015

Hello everyone, we at AFAF Inc., are pleased with the progress of the transformation of Gleaners Garden. We have installed a wheelchair accessible walkway from the driveway to the beautiful entryway along with flowerbeds and benches. AFAF is staying true to nature so most of our plants will be native to our state. We encourage the public schools as well as community organizations to arrange field trips to the garden to see how we grow and provide for them. Special days will be set aside for the elderly from nursing homes and assisted living facilities because of their invaluable insight about everything.

 

Helpful Gardening Information

Fall is here the best time of the year to garden because of the transition into cooler weather and better stamina in the outdoors. At AFAF we do encourage succession gardening for year round food consumption. Your growing zone will determine what kind of vegetables for the fall will be most apt to survive during the winter months.

This is Brassica season my favorite, turnips, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are some of the favorites for the fall. Most all root plants such as beets, carrots, kohlrabi, and turnips will tolerate frost and snow coverage beautifully and deem very tasty for spring harvesting even. Depending on your zone these plants are highly recommended. Don’t forget about your lettuces and different types of greens, mustard, collard and kale also thrive beautifully in the fall, and when frost hits them the flavor is impeccable.

Have a wonderful and productive fall garden and I would love your feedback and questions on anything pertaining to gardening. Come back in December for what’s coming up for spring gardening.

Happy Gardening,
Elizabeth D. Devlin
Founder

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the different types of soil?

A: Clay-it sticks together like dough and is hardly water soluble. Sandy-it falls apart and is very gritty. Loamy- it will hold together but will fall apart if you tap on it.

FYI: The color of your soil is also an indication of your soil type. Take a scoop of soil mixture and put it in a mason jar filled with water and let it settle. The mixture should contain the three components silt, sand, and clay.

Q: What is soil PH?

A: It is an indication of acidic, neutral, or alkaline soils. The scale begins at 1 thru 14, 7 being neutral. Numbers falling below 7 is acidic soil. Above 7 is alkaline soil. The ideal PH for most plants is between 6 and 7,

FYI: Have your soil tested periodically to see if you need to raise or lower your PH level.

Q: What materials are used in a compost pile?

A: Materials that are mostly at hand such as kitchen scraps, fruits, vegetables, coffee grinds, egg shells, non-treated grass clippings, dead flowers, leaves, and farm animal manures if applicable.

FYI: If you turn your compost pile, you can have compost in 3 to 5 months. Enclosed compost bins are most preferred to keep away unwanted critters.

Q: How often should I water my garden?

A: On average, a total of one inch per week should be sufficient during the growing season. Water deep for longer periods of time as opposed to short frequent watering.

Q: When should you water?

A: Early morning watering is best because there is less evaporation of moisture and your leaves will dry quickly so fungal problems are greatly reduced. If you have to water during evening hours; try not to get the leaves of your plants wet.When watering during the evening, stay as close to the base of the plant. This will help with the elimination of fungal problems.