Tending to the Fall Garden: Is it too late for fall chores?

| 11/2/2011 4:13:54 PM

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Fortunately it is not too late for fall chores in the herb garden. Some of you got hit hard by the east coast snowfall last week. I hope this posting will give you some last minute tips for getting organized. The Herbal Husband and I are always rushing around at the last minute trying to get things done in the fall.

I am so lucky to be blogging for The Herb Companion, but I enjoy sitting down and reading back issues with a cup of herbal tea. I was bored with TV the other night and reached around to my Herb Companion back issues and just picked one out at random. It happened to be the October/November 2001 issue. I opened it up and it had an article by Doree Pitkin called "Fall Chores." You can access it online now. You don’t have to have the back issue! Magazine websites are one of the great things about the digital age.

Doree and I have lots in common. We both love our herb gardens and want to take care of them in all seasons, we both need a rest at the end of the gardening season, and we are both master gardeners. If you ever have the chance to participate in the master gardener program in your area, do it. It is a wonderful program that benefits you and the community you serve. You get to work with wonderful dedicated staff and learn from the best universities in the country.

Know your frost date. Doree talks about knowing your frost date. I really have become a weather watcher especially when herbs needed to be harvested. If you are unsure of your frost dates, call your local county extension office and ask. You should also be keeping your own records of when frost has occurred. It is really helpful. One of the herbs that I am always intently watching at the end of the season is the pineapple sage. It is a great barometer of the last days of fall. I love the red flowers and pineapple-flavored leaves for pineapple sage jelly. You can find the recipe for my Pineapple Sage Jelly in my post Herbal Harvest: Pineapple Sage Jelly.

Pineapple Sage in Full Bloom in the Fall