Autumnal Equinox Edition 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s already the first day of the Fall Season.

The days have definitely gone by very fast for me this year. But here we are and Autumn is upon us.

I can already feel the weather changing and getting cooler the past few days.

As a gardener, I can see that the moisture in the soil is lasting longer than expected, and I don’t need to water once a day, or every other day.

I did a deep drip irrigation watering last Thursday, and it’s now Sunday and the ground is still moist.

I’m so glad I finally bought one of those moisture sensors for my garden. I has a long spike that can go deep into the soil and detect the presence of moisture. It will tell me when the soil is completely dry so that I can water again.

Over the years, I have realized that I have probably killed more plants from overwatering. Plants need oxygen from the soil and when the soil is overly saturated, plants can die a slow death from too much TLC.

Focusing On Cool Weather Gardening

In the coming months, I hope to set up a raised bed for square foot gardening. And so far I’m hoping to successfully grow various lettuces, kale, garlic, onions, broccoli and maybe some red cabbage.

They have 4’x 4′ square foot gardening kits from Costco and Home Depot, but I’ll try to save money by building a simple 4′ x 4′ raised bed out of wood planks and deck screws. The big question would be, which type of soil do I use? And, should I make my own soil by combining various ingredients?

Also, should I build a makeshift greenhouse that will go over this raised bed?

Maybe I should try my hand at hydroponics?

So, I’ll be investigating these various gardening methods in the coming weeks. And at least I’ve already designated a nice sunny place in the backyard garden for this raised bed. I just need to clean up this area and get it ready.

Wish me luck…

Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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