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Friday, September 24, 2021

Cameron Chronicle August 2021

 Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing the article I wrote for the Cameron Chronicle "The Little Paper With Personality." for the August issue.

Enjoy the Bounty

By Carla TePaske of Cameron, WI ~ The Little Garden That Could

August is here and it is time to enjoy the harvest.

Keep harvesting your vegetables to encourage production into autumn.

Dig up your potatoes once the vines have dried and the tops brown.

Plant autumn vegetables, lettuce, kale, radishes and spinach.

Weed! Continue to weed before weeds go to seed.

Continue to feed those hard working plants like zinnia, dahlia, squash, cucumber, zucchini and beans.

Did you know you can feed your plants with your own plants!

Using your own garden weeds and grass, you can make homemade fertilizer tea.

Making Fertilizer Tea

  1. Next time you are weeding the garden, throw chopped weeds into a bucket or trash can, chopping them up as you go.

  2. When the container is about half full, fill it with water. Rainwater is the best (also free!).

  3. Screen the top to keep mosquitoes out. You can use a piece of screening or row cover.

  4. Stir daily for 3 days to 2 weeks. Or, pour it from one bucket into another to mix things up and keep it aerated. 

  5. Strain off the liquid to use as a fertilizer or foliar spray. After you strain off the liquid, return the solids to your compost pile. It can be diluted or used full strength on established plants. Since plant leaves tend to absorb more nutrients more quickly than roots, foliar feeding is an efficient way to fertilize versus a soil drench.

And don’t forget to share your bounty with family, friends and neighbors.


  1. Great recipe for natural type fertilizer. So happy you get to write and share in your Chronicle. I really love that you can share your knowledge of planting with others.
    Happy Friday. Have a good weekend. xoxo Kris

  2. What a wonderful tip... About using plants, to feed plants!

    I read in an Irish Instagram, she takes the chopped up left over parts from preparing veggies, right out to the garden, and digs a wee longish hole, and simply puts them in. Let's Nature do the rest. -smile-

    Of course, if she had chickens, she would be feeding those, to the chickens. Which my son/daughter in law do, next door.


  3. What a wonderful idea about the Fertilizer Tea! I am going to print that out!

  4. I'm so proud of you! You're doing so good with your column and helping others too! Well done!

  5. Great article, Carla! I feel like you could even make a gardener out me and my brown thumb with these tips!!

  6. You have a talent for this, Carla! I wish a paper like this was available in our community. And I love the name of your flower business!

  7. Very informative and well written article! Kudos!

  8. Thank you for sharing. What a great article. You should be very proud of yourself.

  9. I am so intrigued by fertilizer tea. So wonderful to be sharing your knowledge with your community.

  10. The Farmer's Almanac is a good source for information!! ♥

  11. The fertilizer tea sounds good!

    All the best Jan

  12. Great article - but you forgot to mention how stinky compost tea will get! My husband makes me keep it as far away from the house as possible!


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