Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 11/10/14

The winter weather forecast for the Southeast is calling for a colder-than-normal winter, and I think it’s right. Last Saturday night we had our first frost – two weeks early. I woke up Sunday morning to a temperature of 32 degrees, and ran outside to see the damage. Thankfully, almost everything survived the frost. The only plants that showed frost damage were my pumpkin vines. I guess, because the leaves are so large, they presented too much surface area to not be affected by the frost. However, I’m hoping enough leaves survived to keep the photosynthesis going until all my pumpkins mature. Other than that, my garden is still plugging along. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/21/14

I had a lazy week in the garden this week. I think I’m so exhausted from my work week and cooking/preserving, all I did was a little pruning and the harvesting. I had good intentions for catching up on gardening chores this past weekend, but I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday, and it rained on Sunday. So, guess what I’ll be doing after work this week? Yep – my not-done-yet to-do list: fertilizing, planting string beans, foliar sprays, etc. At least my garden is holding its own. Take a look.  This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/3/14

In my last post, I shared pictures of my homestead during Winter Storm Leon. Today, I’m sharing photos of my garden during the storm, as well as a few pictures of the aftermath. Ice covered everything for three days. That’s a record for the Charleston, SC area – at least, since I moved here 19 years ago. I basically gave up all hope of having any kind of harvest this winter crop; between the cold that delayed germination until just before the storm (and that’s if anything germinated at all) and the ice storm itself, I was in despair. However, I was surprised at what survived and what was damaged or lost. Winter Storm Leon in my garden!