Mid-November Harvests

I harvested so much this past weekend that I couldn’t include all the pictures in my weekly Sanctuary Gardener Update on Monday! Some of the harvest is expected this time of year – root vegetables and greens -but I’m amazed that I’m still harvesting figs and peppers. This displaced New England girl is beyond excited about harvests like this in November! Mid-November harvests!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 10/28/13

This week was definitely all about the harvest! I can’t believe how many baskets I filled this week. I also planted Bloomsdale and Giant Noble spinach, Red Creole and White Texas Granex onions, and Italian softneck garlic on Friday. That night, the temperature dipped to 35 degrees for the first time (a little early for us), and I got nervous, but all was well. The temperatures are starting to rise again back to our normal of the mid-70s during the day and the mid-50s to low 60s at night. More growing warmth coming. Now, if we could just get some rain! This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 10/14/13

I am loving this cooler, autumn weather! The temperatures are in the upper 70s, lower 80s with much lower humidity. It’s actually nice to be in the garden. I finally planted my cover crop (red clover), five types of radishes, watercress (in a pot), and some more golden globe turnips. I planted a few more kale seeds, too. I also trimmed my cucumber vines in an attempt to help them survive against the onslaught of pickle worms. I’m not sure if we’re past the worst of it, but I’m hoping. My mums are in bloom (see picture above) and there are good things happening in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 10/7/13

Another week has passed without rain, but some rain is coming from the Gulf today! We sure do need it! I’m harvesting figs almost daily now, and the peppers are still coming in. I made two batches of hot pepper jam this past weekend, preparing for holiday gift giving. That’s the good. The bad is that the pickle worms seem to be winning the battle. Here’s both the good and the bad in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 9/23/13

Another week without rain here in my Sanctuary Garden. I’m not looking forward to my water bill this month, that’s for sure! But, it has cooled off finally. The high temperatures this week were in the low 80’s. I think I can finally replant some of my fall crops that didn’t germinate at all or didn’t germinate well. In the meantime, the cucumbers, squash, and beans are growing; and my peppers are starting to pick up on production again. See this week’s garden photos!

My Quest for a Ripe Fig

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been waiting to taste my first ripe fig – ever. Well, today was the day! All I can say is WOW!!! The wait has been worth it. A couple weeks ago or so, I had two ripe figs that I missed; and they stayed on the tree too long and bugs were eating them. So, they went into the compost pile. I was then determined to find out EXACTLY when the figs on my Celeste fig tree were ripe. Here’s my journey in pictures. More!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/17/13

This past week has been extremely hot here in the Charleston area! For example, on Thursday, the temperature reached 99 degrees with a heat index of 107. And I had to harvest cucumbers, peppers, and beans in that heat. I literally had sweat stinging my eyes as I rushed to finish and get back into the blessed air conditioning. Thankfully, a cold front came through that night (minus any rain, unfortunately), decreasing the humidity and cutting the temperature by 15 degrees.

It was perfect timing because Friday was my son’s birthday cookout. I set up the tables beside my fire pit, near my berries and artichokes, then spread the table with some of my garden produce – bean salad, quick pickles, lettuce and onions for the burgers. It was very nice to share my garden as part of the celebration. But the best part was overhearing my son’s response to a friend’s comment about me, the garden, and the food; he said,”Yeah, I know. She’s amazing!” Aw…! Okay, before I tear up again, come see what else is happening in my garden!