It’s Fall and you will soon find frost on the pumpkin. After garden and yard clean up, after you have fed your compost pile all of your summers garden left overs, plants, vines and such. Composting – United States EPA web site. Your taxes are paying for it so please use it as a good reference site.
You may also want to read Compost, Fall Planting – Springs Flowering Bulbs
Now is a good time to evaluate your gardens successes and failures. What went wrong? Poor or failed 2012 pepper crop? Check this out for the most likely causes of poor or failed pepper gardens. FAQ For Pepper Growers and Want To Be Pepper Growers Plan ahead for your 2013 bumper crop of garden fresh peppers. Whether they be hot or mild chili peppers or sweet bell peppers, they all suffer or benefit from the same conditions and treatments.
Texas A and M University FAQ pepper fact sheet Texas A and M Pepper facts
Fall is a good time to find, clean, sharpen your pruning tools. Ornamental trees, bushes and vines, fruit trees, berry bushes and vines will need pruned and shaped in preparation for 2013′s gardening season. Pruning Or Tree Training, Which Is Your Best Choice
What tools are ‘really’ needed or useful in gardening. 50 Years Of Gardening – What Tools Do I ‘Really’ Use?
For a small or medium size garden, many times (manually operated) garden tools are better than a new gas powered gadget, manually tools may be a better choice. Manually operated gardening tools are cheaper to buy, cheaper to operate, (no gas or oil required) last longer, pollute the air less. Besides they also provide you a way of getting a bit of exercise while cultivating/weeding your garden. With the proper attachment you can plow row furrows as well.
For an investment of about $120.00 you can get a hand push planter. A hand operated planter has the advantage of allowing you to plant seeds at the proper depth and plant spacing. They are a real back saver for those of us that are at age that we find bending over a row hand planting is a real back killer!
Disclaimer I am not recommending one companies product(s) over another. This is just my personal observations and my personal opinions.
Now the Con’s of a push plow or push planter. For ease of use and to get the most benefit from using a push plow or planter, the garden soil must in good condition, well tilled, sticks, stones, large clods and clumps of grass removed.
After doing a search I found about 5 or 6 companies selling push plows and 1 company selling a push planter. Lehman’s High-Wheel Cultivator and Planter has a push plow that comes with 3 attachments about ($150.00) and a push planter about ($120.00) that would seem to do most of the plowing and planting task needed by many gardeners. Both the push plow and push planter are in my opinion reasonably priced.
An after thought. Peppers and tomato’s are many time associated with southern gardens. However truth be known, neither of these garden vegetables like temperatures that exceed about 85 degree daytime high temperatures nor are they very tolerant to wet cool or soggy soil or hot dry soils. Applying a heavy layer of mulch may be the only way you can retain enough moisture for your plants and mulching will also slow your soil from becoming to hot for good plant bloom set and growth.
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