From: Trisha P Realty Group
Realtor KS & MO
Welcome Christian Meadows to the Trisha P Realty Group!
Fall Home Maintenance Tips
1. After all leaves have fallen, be sure to clean out your gutters and downspouts, removing all debris. Fix any functional problems your gutters may have, and tighten to ensure they will withstand the weight of snow.
2. Inspect your roof, or hire a professional to examine your roof for wear and tear.
3. Fall temperatures make for a great time to paint.
4. Caulk windows to prevent heat from escaping.
5. Turn off valves to exterior water bibs to prevent freezing.
6. Hire a professional fireplace inspector to inspect for causes of chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
7. Hire a licensed heating contractor to ensure your furnace will be working when it is needed most.
8. Reverse ceiling fans to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling.
9. Trim dead branches out of trees to prevent from coming down from winter storms and the weight of the snow.
10. Test and change batteries in carbon monoxide and fire detectors.
Now that you have a list of to-do's, time to get to work! Happy Fall Preparing!
This means that we can't grow vegetables that don't tolerate frost if they mature after this date. The seed packet will tell you the days to maturity. Count backwards from the first frost date and this will tell you the last date that you can safely plant this vegetable.
There are many vegetables that can tolerate frost. Rachel and I have had great success growing collards, mustard, broccoli, carrots, turnips, kale and spinach right through November. Root vegetables do particularly well, and so do leafy greens. I often wonder why garden shops and nurseries don't keep a few of these transplants on hand for those of us who love to garden through the fall.
When you grow your own vegetables, it's easy to become a food snob. Rachel and I just don't like the way many store-bought vegetables taste. Asparagus is our hands-down favorite, but unfortunately it's only available in the spring. We just don't eat asparagus from the store anymore. By the time it gets from Mexico or California, the flavor and tenderness are long gone. Same thing with spinach. Fortunately, these leafy greens can be grown twice a year in Kansas.
Sow the seeds directly into the soil about half an inch deep, spacing them about an inch apart. The most critical factor is keeping the seedlings moist. They will emerge from the soil in about two weeks and in six weeks or so, the dark green leaves will be ready to eat. Spinach grows equally well in containers. It is delicious eaten raw in salads, or sautéed in butter with a squeeze of lemon. Home grown spinach just melts in your mouth. Plant some now in late August to harvest through Thanksgiving.
Fall is the only time of year that we have both lettuce and tomatoes growing in our garden at the same time. When planting lettuce in the fall make sure you choose a leaf type variety. These mature faster than lettuces that form a head. Plant them now to enjoy in about five or six weeks. Your tomatoes will be winding down, but you should have a week or two to enjoy the best BLTs you've ever tasted.
Last but not least, there's still plenty of time to enjoy radishes. They take less than a month to grow from seed. Slice them thinly and add to salads. They add a wonderful pepperiness and crunch. Serve them whole with butter and sea salt for a delicious hors d'oeuvre. Fall is a wonderful time to garden.