23 October garden tips

october leaves and tree

 

“My favorite color is October”

october leaves and tree
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October is the month of Indian summer. Nature is full of color. The leaves show their beautiful color pallete and there is that fragile light between the trees and over the water. October nights can be cold already, while at daytime the tempreture is still pleasant.

October garden tips: plants

  • In October you can plant perennials, evergreen shrubs and trees. The soil is still warm so that the roots can develop before winter makes its appearence.
  • Also, you can still plant roses.
  • Throw away the fallen leaves of roses and pick any remaining leaves from the stalk. The leaves of the rose can contain fungal spores of rust and soot star.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs in the garden.
  • You can divide perennials until about mid-October and again planted.
  • Plant Conifers in October otherwise you have to wait till March to April.
  • Sprinkle the grass clippings and fallen leaves between the plants in borders as protection against the winter cold.
  • Bring non hardy container plants inside.
  • October is the month of the Aster. This plant brings color to your lawn and attracts butterflies.
  • Fill containers with winter bloomers as Viola, Erica carnea, Helleborus.
  • Prune walnut trees, birch, maple and chestnut in October. The pruning wounds heal faster and you avoid bleeding from the trees.

 

October garden tips: lawncare

  • The grass keeps growing, keep mowing. You can set the cutting knife of your lawn mower higher and don’t mow shorter than 2 inch. This will give a nice lawn in winter.
  • Remove the grass clippings right away to avoid a felt layer on the lawn.
  • October is a good time to create a lawn with turf.
  • Keep the lawn free of leaves. This prevent yellow spots on the grass.
  • Sprinkle lime for one last time on the grass.
Other jobs to do in October

  • October is a perfect time to dig out the soil, especially clay soil. Leave the lumps of clay. In winter, the ground will freeze and burst. In this way you can improve the structure of the soil.
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  • Make paths free of leaves.
  • Collect the seeds of withered plants.
  • Clean the bird boxes or hang a new one and fill with bird seeds.
  • Use fallen leaves for the compost heap.
  • Also leave some leaves. These leaves provide shelter for hedgehogs.

20 Garden tips September

Poppy seed pods

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
 And autumns best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson –

Garden tips September collect seed pods (poppy seed pods)

 

September days are getting shorter, you can still feel the warmth of summer and evenings are getting colder. In late summer there is a lot going on in your garden. September is the month to start to make your garden winterized. Here are some jobs you can do in the September garden.

September garden tips: plants

  • September is a good time to plant, remove or divide perennials and trees, for the soil is still warm and that encourage root development.
  • Cut dead flowers ot the rose. This ensures a long flowering until the autumn.
  • Fill in bare patches in the border with evergreen plants as ornamental cherry, Holly, Hague conifers and boxwood.
  • Plant springflowering bulbs like daffodils, snowdrops and crocusses.
  • Dig up and store tender bulbs in a cool dark place before the first frost.
  • Stop composting container plants.
  • If it is dry, keep good watering once or twice a week.

September garden tips: lawncare

  • September is also a good month to create a new lawn with seed or turf.
  • Fill up bare spots in the lawn.
  • Airing and scarifying your lawn.
  • Refresh your lawn by overseeding.
  • Keep mowing, but not as much as in summer. The blades

Other jobs to do in September

  • Rake leaves from the lawn. 
  • Span a net over the pound for falling leaves. 
  • Start your compost bin. 
  • Take time for a last time weeding for a better lookof your winter garden.
  • Make the birds happy. Hang on a chain with bird seed.
  • Control your garden on pests and diseases and get rid of them.
  • Remove fallen leaves of the gutter.
  • Collect the seeds of withered plants.

Did you get your love gift today?

The Hanging Garden of Babylon by Maarten van Heemskerck

It’s all a lie……
What do you mean?
That the Gardens of Babylon really existed.
Maybe it is an ancient gossip.
Don’t say that, history tells us it is a love story.
Aahh I like love stories, tell me.

The Hanging GArdens of BabylonA love story

Th Hanging Gardens of Babylon were a romatic gift of king Nebuchadnezzar II for his wif Amytis. This is the story.  Once upon a time there was a king Nebuchadnezzar II, who reigns over the Babylonian empire. He married Amytis of Media. This bond secured an alliance between the Medes and Babylonians. Before her marriage, Amytis grew up in a green region with mountains. Here in the barren, dry and arid region of Babylon, she became homesick en depressive. To cheer on Amytes and to let her get used to the busy Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar came up with a plan. He builded for her a mountain of stone with gardens and on top a pool. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were born.

Where are the Hanging Gardens situated?

 The Babylonian Gardens are one of the 7 World Wonders of the Ancient World. It is the only one whose location has not been definitively established. The gardens were located on the banks of the Euphrates river, about 31 miles south of Baghdad. There is an alternative story that the gardens were built by the Assyrian queen Semiramis.

How the gardens looked

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were made up of terraces surrounded by walls and towers. The walls were full planted with trees, exotic shrubs, ferns, creepers and flowers. They hung as it ware above the banks of the Euphrates, and the beautiful colors when everything flourished, gave the name the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Technical tour

The Babylonians were ahead of their time. For the whole project a lot of water was needed. This region is very dry, so something had to be found to keep the gardens fresh and green. There are several theories how the gardens got their water. It must have been an ingenious irrigation system.

Hardworking slaves

Slaves held an endless chain of buckets in motion. In this way, water was brought to a water tank from the Euphrates. Undergrounds channels led to the water supply.

* Archimedes screw

Another talked about a rotating screw that pushed the water up. The system was similar to the operation of the Archimeds screw, which he invented hundred years later. How clever those Babylonians.

Is it a lie?

The Greek historians, Strabo and Diodorus, described the lush gardens. Beyond these descriptions, there is little concrete evidence of the reality of the gardens. To this day, scientists couldn’t find any evidence on the spot. Not even a a piece of wall of the colossal edifice.

There are no Babylonian sources that wrote about the gardens. However, clay tablets were found, which described such gardens in Nineveh, and also a screw pumping up the water was mentioned. It’s likely that in the course of time the places are swapped.

New evidence

British researcher Stephanie Dalley came up with new evidence of the existence of the gardens. Acoording to het, the gardens were in Nineveh. On the roof of the palace of king Sennacherib of Assyria, trees were planted that grew down the columns. This is consistent with the descriptions of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Dalley based her conclusion on the basis of ancient writings she found on a text of a sculpture of the palace.

She also discoverd the Assyrians called the city of Nineveh, New Babylon. The Greek historians would have visited the area around Nineveh and not the city of Babylon. Her research sheds new light on this story.

Conclusion

Whether the story is true or not, it doesn’t matter. Imagine, your man loves you so much that he does everything to make you happy, no matter what. He gives you a legendary present that people are talking for years. This gift is a token of appreciation and is for me the true spirit of the story of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. So men, buy flowers for your lady; she will appreciate your gesture. And ladies, men also love flowers. Don’t forget, flowers bring a smile on your face. Keep smiling!