Monthly Archives: September 2014


Natural Ways to Fight Off Pests and Save Your Garden, Written by  @

Many gardeners have an aversion to chemicals. These gardeners may be devoted to pesticide-free growing, want to plant (and eat) edibles, or simply like the thought of keeping flower beds naturally healthy. Whatever the reason, there are key steps you can take to get and keep the pesticides out of your garden. Here’s what to do...

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If you are an amateur gardener and you want a lovely garden, then you need to know that it is a good idea to plant flowers across all seasons. And fall-blooming ones are one wonderful addition to your flower beds. In this article, I intend to give you several suggestions of plants that flower from late summer into fall or in the fall months only. I will also provide you with short information about each of them, so you can make sure that they will survive the climate in your area.

CallCleaners North West London present you few of the most popular fall-blooming flowers that you can plant in your garden. What they share in common is that they are all extremely hardy and can survive almost all types of weather.


  • Aster novi-belgii

This beautiful flower is also known as Michaelmas daisy. And it really kind of looks like a daisy. Asters can be found in various shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. The plant’s height varies, but it might reach up to 8 inches. These daisy-like flowers prefer climates with cool summer and high humidity. They flower in late August and survive until frost. If you think you want to plant those lovely flowers in your flowers, you need to choose a site with full to partial sun. It is also a good idea to pinch them in early summer. Thus, you will ensure that your garden will be adorned with a plenty of buds. ...continue reading


The Winner of the Fran's Victory Garden Butternut Squash Pie Recipe Contest.
The Winner of the Fran's Victory Garden Butternut Squash Pie Recipe Contest.

Fran’s Ginger Snap Butternut Squash Pie, simply WOW!


For 1 Ginger Snap Crust (double for 2):

1/2 package of Ginger snaps (24 cookies for each crust)
6 tbsps. melted butter
¼ cup sugar

For 2 Butternut Squash pies filling:

4 cups of cooked butternut squash from Fran's Victory Garden
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of flour
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Tips for Incorporating a Vegetable Garden into Your Landscaping
Written by Tim Smith

Ripe tomatoes ready to pickA beautifully landscaped yard is a benefit to both commercial and residential properties, enhancing street appeal and property value. Well-balanced color, symmetry and scale contribute to the aesthetic appeal. But landscaping need not be limited to manicured grass, ornamental shrubs and cultivated flowers. Incorporating herbs, fruit trees, fruit-bearing vines and vegetables into a landscaping plan lets you enjoy the bounty of seasonal crops and the color, fragrance and textures of plants usually confined to the back of the house.

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The last cucumber is in the pile with the last cantaloupe
The last cucumber is in the pile with the last cantaloupe

Coming to the end of the season. Picked the last Cucumber & Cantaloupe.  The last Zucchini was weeks ago. We had a surprise Cauliflower, I didn't even see it grow, it was among the Butternut squash, I was counting the squash and there it was, right in the middle. I harvested right away, not like the last one that I allowed to get buggy. I love Cauliflower, Fran roasts it with other veggies, great!

Artichoke flower
Artichoke flower

Beans are still coming in strong, Tomatoes both Plum and Heritage every day and an occasional Eggplant. The Hungarian Hot Peppers are a regular now, the big Peppers are turning red. By being lazy I have allowed the Fennel and Artichokes to go to flower.

Update: Fran has made four Butternut Squash Pies now, they get better and better.  We get two pies out of each larger squash, so, at least a dozen more pies.