I added some planters this year with mums still in their pots. I plant to plant them in the garden before it get too cold or bring them inside and plant them in the spring. Someday I hope to have an inviting front porch.
It was warm enough to check the sugar syrup feeders in the hives today. One hive is not eating too much while the other hive too two pints again in two days. I added two quarts this time. The vinegar really is keeping the mold away from the jars and the bees still really like the syrup. I will keep checking their intake until it starts freezing and will then put sugar boards and leave the hives alone the until late winter on a warm day.
Getting the Vegetable garden ready for the winter can be an arduous undertaking. Especially if the weeds get out of control like they did in my garden. As I mentioned before I plan on using landscaping fabric next year to keep up. I cleaned up two rows and piled some debris to burn later. It can be helpful to burn squash and other plant remains to help reduce insect populations. After cleaning up two thirty foot roll I decided I better get the Buffalo grass plugs planted.
This became more difficult that I had planned. I figured I would just cut the sod off the soil and plant the expensive plugs. I was not happy with the amount of grass roots left over so I decided to dig up an areas instead. My rotortiller would had done a smooth job but I just did not feel it was worth it for such a small area. So now I have buffalo grass planted and I am hoping for the best. Buffalo grass spreads by stolons and seed and, if it grows as well as I hope since it is a native grass, I hope to be able to start taking plugs from the small area next year.
I finished with the grass I decided to enjoy the fall flowers. It is great to have so many flower still flowering. The Chrysanthemums fell over too much weight but sill look pretty.
As I turned the corner of the flower bed I notice how much the Mexican Evening Primrose had spread. I because worried about having another wayward plant on my property. I like easy to care for plants. I looked at the label and it said can become invasive. Invasive! Oh NO! After reviewing the plant I remembered it is native to the central grasslands. So this perennial plant may spread a lot in the flower bed but likely will only spread on my property in areas that will work well. Just as the vinca minor (non native) is sometimes a problem in garden beds it has not spread elsewhere.