Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/2/15

Yesterday, we had a beautifully warm, sunny day here. It reached 67 degrees! A perfect day to plant some Tom Thumb peas along my front walkway (in the spaces where I’ve harvested lettuce). I also harvested some salad goodies and planted 288 seeds in flats for my grow room. Unfortunately, the warm weather will be very short-lived. A cold front is passing through today, and tonight’s low is supposed to be 28 (yeah, rain! Boo, frost!). But alas, such is winter in the Lowcountry. At least I can still garden! This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 12/1/14

Wow…it’s December 1st already. Can you believe it? My Thanksgiving was wonderful, and I hope yours was, too. The week was busy – preparing for the big meal, of course. In the garden, we received just shy of 6 inches of much-needed rain in four days! The temperatures were mild, so I had the covers off my hoop tunnels, and all my newly-sown seed received a good soaking. After the rain, the night time chill returned, but all my plants are doing well. This week’s garden photos!

2014 Fall Planting

Garden Tools SGIt’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!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 1/13/14

It’s winter planting season, and the weather has changed like a roller coaster this week in the Charleston, SC area. From a low of 17 during the Polar Vortex (which dipped this far south) to a high of 73 only three days later! Walking through my garden this weekend, I felt like Goldilocks. This week’s garden pictures!

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!

Herbal Allies in the Garden – A through M

I know it’s autumn and many of you are even now preparing for the soon-coming winter storms; but if you’re like me, you’re already thinking about and planning your spring garden. It may still be just in your head (or in your dreams) or you may have actually started plotting it out on paper. Well, don’t solidify your plan just yet. I have some great information that will change your plan for the better. A few months ago, I posted an article about Edible Landscaping, which utilizes companion planting. Today, I’m going to show you how to kick your companion planting up a notch by purposeful planting of herbs – and flowers – that will not only make your vegetable garden look pretty but also help with pest control and pollination. I have taken my research and created a list of herbs and flowers with the vegetable they benefit and how they benefit it. Although this list is not exhaustive, it’s so long I decided to publish the list in two posts. Today’s list is for herbs and flowers A through M; don’t forget to look at the list for N through Z, as well. Learn about herbal allies!

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 ~ 9/30/13

I think I can safely say the unbearable summer heat is gone. Finally! Temperatures are in the low 80s during the day, but they’re getting down to around 60 at night. Maybe NOW my fall crops will germinate and grow. If only we could get some more rain. We had a half inch this past week, but it’s not enough after several weeks of nothing. That said, I’ve been pretty lazy in the garden the past couple of weeks, and I need to get out and replant several crops and prep the beds to plant the onions, garlic, and spinach next weekend. I think I needed a bit of a break, and I took the holidays as a great time to do that. Now it’s back to work because things are starting to pick up in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 5/6/13

I think we need an ark for my sanctuary garden! Rain, rain, cloudy days, mist, more rain…. Today is the first day the sun has come out in a week. I’m not worried about ground water as my raised beds drain well. However, all the rain and humidity is the perfect environment for fungus and disease on many plants. I pulled a couple of lima beans that looked troublesome (didn’t want it to spread to the other plants), and I’m investigating some black spots on one of my pepper plants. (Mold??) Yet, my garden IS growing. Come take a look!