Considering we’ve already had our first frost, I harvested quite a bit of produce this past week – including a wonderful surprise of raspberries (after I thought the canes were done for the year). My harvests included produce from summer and fall crops, something I just love seeing. I harvested my first key lime, over 5 ounces of raspberries, about a pound of eggplant, a pound of peanuts, a half pound of greens, over 1.5 pounds of beans, 3.5 pounds of peppers, 3/4 pound of radishes, and 10 pounds of pumpkins. Gosh, I love gardening! This past week’s garden bounty!
I had a banner week harvesting in the garden! Most of the past week was in the 80s, and my plants were displaying their best fruit just in time for the county fair. Unfortunately, the cold is coming a couple weeks earlier than normal, so this may be my last big harvest week of the year (at least, until the fall crops mature). I harvested 4 tomatoes, a handful of greens, over 3.5 pounds of snap beans (my last of the year), almost 3 pounds of eggplant, almost 6 pounds of winter squash, and over 12 pounds of peppers! Garden bounty photos!
I didn’t harvest much from the garden this past week. Not that there was little to harvest, but because I’m saving the harvest until Wednesday. Why? That’s the day to submit home-grown produce and herbs to the competition at the county fair! By waiting until that day, I’ll have the best harvest available to pick from – and it’ll be absolutely fresh. Yet, in spite of the wait, I still harvested a 2.5 pound pumpkin (well, it fell off the vine unripe), 2 1/4 pounds of butter peas (shelled), my first greens (5 ounces), and 2 tomatoes. This past week’s garden bounty!
The weather this week has been beautiful! Temperatures in the upper 70s/low 80s during the day and in the upper 50s/low 60s at night. After two weeks of dry weather, we got an inch of much-needed rain. Next rain storm? Not for at least 10 more days. Great weather for harvesting, not so good for new seedlings. At least I can water my little babies, which I do daily; and they’re growing quite well. This week’s garden photos!
It’s a little difficult for me to think about the fall planting when I’m sweating my patooty off in the garden in 90 degree heat! In fact, the whole fall planting thing sneaked up on me right before I left on vacation when I realized I hadn’t yet mapped out my fall garden plan.
The fall planting plan is the most difficult for me because here we have so many summer veggies still growing while fall crops are being planted. I have to determine which crops stay planted through first frost (the week before Thanksgiving) and which will be “done” or sacrificed to make room for the fall crops. Also, fall crops are planted at varying dates from August to November, adding another wrinkle in the process. Granted, having 21 raised beds makes the job easier, but I still have to put my thinking cap on and play with my garden map. Well, I can now say the plan is complete, and I’m ready to share with you what I’ll be planting for my fall crops. 2014 Fall Planting!
Wow! What a crazy busy week this has been! And if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear we were living in the southern hemisphere, enjoying the first day of summer instead of the first day of winter. The entire weekend, the high temperature was 78-80 degrees! So, this gardener was outside Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday, working in the yard and garden. I got so much accomplished – which is a good thing because (1) a cold front is heading our way and Christmas Eve will be 27 degrees, and (2) my beds needed to be ready for the winter planting in a couple weeks. This week in the garden!
It may be the middle of December, but I got quite a bit of work done in the garden this week. I augmented several more beds with cow manure compost and have about five more beds to do. (I ran out of manure!) I sowed red clover seed into the beds that won’t get planted until spring; the other beds are getting a blanket of leaves from my back yard as they’ll be planted next month with my winter crops. We received over an inch of much-needed rain this past weekend on the back end of warmer temperatures. The thermometer is dipping again this week, however. Winter will be here officially in a few days, but there are still things growing in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!
Yes, that is ice in that picture! We experienced some real winter here at my Sanctuary Garden last night! I went to bed with a small dusting of snow on my car and woke up to ice in my water buckets! Not a big deal for this Yankee, but I was concerned for my plants. Unfortunately, I lost the asparagus again. It was so cold, that even under the covering, my new batch of asparagus spears froze. However, everything else in the garden is looking pretty good. Take a look!
Although it’s winter and the temperatures have dropped again here, there’s still a lot going on in my garden – both inside and out. Three days ago, I planted potatoes – Yukon Gold, fingerlings, and purple potatoes. With a total of 34 plants, I’m expecting quite the spud harvest this spring! My winter crops are growing and my seedlings are coming up under the grow lights. Come take a look!
Boy have things been busy this week here at my Sanctuary Garden! Not only do I have 14 raised beds that I’m tending outside, I now also have six flats of seeds and seedlings that I’m nurturing. The weather has cooled off since my last update with temperatures closer to average, so the growth of the outside veggies has slowed a bit. Yet, most of my winter crops now have their secondary (true) leaves. And seeds are already popping through the soil under my grow lamps! Come take a look!