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Inspired by the Japanese gardening method Kokedama, this funky arrangement involves wrapping clay and moss around the root of the plant before wrapping it in string. If you’re a budding gardener, this is a great way to start learning about gardening hydroponics gardening without traditional use of soil or gardening aeroponics gardening using air as a growth medium. Now, let’s get to it!Supplies:- succulent plant- dry Sphagnum Moss- moss you can pick some yourself or buy it in a bag- potting soil- clay mud or Bonsai soil- twine or ribbon to wrap around your moss ballTools:- scissors- gardening trowel- clippers- container to mix soils
Now this is a great idea!
What to Do
Bedding Plants: Create a display of fall colors with cool season plants. Some to
try are impatiens, strawflower, cape daisy, and pansy. See: Gardening with
Annuals in Florida
Bulbs: Many bulbs like to get their start in cool weather. Bulbs to plant this month
include amaryllis, crinum, and the many varieties of elephant’s ear.
See: Bulbs for Florida
Herbs: Continue planting herbs from seeds or plants. A wide variety of herbs like
cooler, dryer weather, including cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, sage, and thyme.
See: Herbs in the Florida Garden
Vegetables: Continue planting cool season crops such as beet, broccoli, cabbage,
carrot, kale, and lettuce. See: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
From A Garden Diary
Bloom – Many flowering shrubs and trees will start to bloom now that the dry weather has begun. Look for good bloom displays on cassias, orchid trees, floss silk trees, dombeya, and yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, Chinese hat plant, bougainvillea, clock bush and other favorites that put on a good show in the cooler weather.
What To Plant:
Bedding Plants: Even though temperatures are still warm, begin planting for the
cooler months ahead. Impatiens, alyssum, and dianthus are good plants for the
fall/winter garden. See: Gardening with Annuals in Florida
Bulbs: Plant agapanthus, rain lily, and Clivia lily now for blooms next spring or
summer. Add organic matter to the planting bed for best results. See: Bulbs for
Herbs: A wide range of herbs can be planted from seed or transplants this month.
Some to try are dill, fennel, parsley, and cilantro. See: Herbs in the Florida Garden
Vegetables: Plant crops now that will grow and produce through the winter months.
This includes beet, English pea, carrot, garlic, and onion. See: Florida Vegetable
What To Do:
Lawn weeds: Control winter weeds in lawns before they appear. Pre-emergent
herbicides should be applied when nighttime temps drop to 55-60°F for several
consecutive nights. See: Weed Management in Home Lawns
Fertilize ornamental trees and shrubs: This is the last month of the year to
fertilize shrubs and trees. Controlled-release fertilizer provides nutrients over a
longer period of time. See: Fertilization and Irrigation Needs for Florida Lawns
Fertilize lawns: For bahiagrass and centipedegrass lawns use a fertilizer (not a
weed & feed) that contains controlled-release nitrogen for longer lasting results.
Choose one with little or no phosphorus unless a soil test indicates a need. This is
the last lawn fertilization for the year. See: Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
Centipedegrass for Florida Lawns
Strawberries: Prepare beds and set strawberry plants this month. Strawberries
also make a colorful and tasty container planting. Water daily until plants are
established. See: Growing Strawberries in the Florida Home Garden
Fertilize Palms: Fertilize palms this month with 8-2-12+4Mg. See: Fertilization of
Field-Grown and Landscape Palms in Florida
Oleanders: The oleander caterpillar is a year round resident in South Florida. To
control without harming beneficial insects, prune off infested leaves or spray with BT
(Bacillus thuringiensis). See: Oleander Caterpillar
Twig girdlers: Small branches falling from oak and hickory trees may be the work
of twig girdlers. To control, clean up and destroy fallen branches, which may harbor
young twig girdlers. See: Insect Borers of Trees and Shrubs
From A Garden Diary:
Vegetable gardening hits high gear by mid-month when the first refreshing cool fronts start to penetrate the peninsula on a regular basis. Vegetable choices include broccoli, turnips, spinach, onions, carrots, cauliflower, beets, radishes, mustard, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, parsley, celery, peas, summer squash and lima and snap beans. Most herbs should be planted out now. Strawberries also can be planted. Annuals include: coleus, marigold, torenia, vinca, impatiens, salvia, portulaca, cosmos, ageratum, gloriosa daisy, celosia, verbena, wax begonia, calendula, alyssum, snapdragon, nasturtium, hollyhock, cornflower, pansy, candytuft and larkspur.
The last big fertilization of the year should be applied to all plants this month. A high quality all-purpose fertilizer should be fine for most trees. I have used Lesco 12-2-14 with good success on most plantings. Lawns benefit from a good application of Lesco 16-4-8. But any good quality fertilizer with trace elements should do the job. Apply lightly and evenly and water in after application.
The dry season begins mid-month. As soon as you can, it’s a good idea to check irrigation systems before their winter workouts. Fungal problems appear with the cooler weather, so make sure watering is restricted to the morning hours between 2 and 10 a.m. The dry season will last through May, so some supplemental irrigation will be necessary for lawns and bedding plants…
From A Garden Diary:
SeptemberWe are in the height of hurricane season right now. The tropics have heated up and so should your pruning. Check the trees and shrubs in your yard one final time. Cut away dead wood and remove crossing limbs and branches that overhang the house
From Solutions For Your Life:
What to Plant
Bedding Plants: If summer beds need refreshing, try scarlet sage, nasturtium, celosia, and wax begonia for color into fall. See: Gardening with Annuals in Florida
Bulbs: Plant gladiolus every 2 weeks to stagger blooming, staking each plant. Add color, texture and pattern to the garden with the many varieties of Elephant’s Ear (Alocasia) available now. See: Bulbs for Florida
Herbs: Plant herbs that tolerate the warm temperatures of early fall, such as Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary, and basil. See: Herbs in the Florida Garden
Vegetables: Prepare the fall vegetable garden. Using transplants from your local garden center will get the garden off to a fast start, but seeds provide a wider variety from which to choose. Cool-season crops such as broccoli, cabbage, collards, and
lettuce can be planted now. See: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide