Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 7/6/14

Even though it’s been extremely hot and humid for weeks, my garden is still producing enough for enjoying right away with a little extra for preserving. (I know I’ll have harvests out my ears once it cools down a little!) This week, I harvested 14 cucumbers, 1 (almost 6 lb) white watermelon, 1 (half-pound) butternut squash, a half pound of snap beans (last harvest until I replant), almost a pound of lima beans (shelled), 3.4 pounds of eggplant, 6.6 pounds of peppers, and 19.5 pounds of tomatoes! Garden Bounty in pictures!

Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 6/29/14

It was a great week of harvests last week. I picked my first lima beans, Amish paste tomato, honeydew melon, and white watermelon – along with everything else. All total, I harvested 1 (2 pound) honeydew melon, 1 (9 pound) white watermelon, 13 cucumbers, 1/2 pound of snap beans (they’re just about done), 1.5 pounds of lima beans (shelled), 3 pounds of eggplant, 1.5 pounds of peppers, and 11 pounds of tomatoes! I think it’s time to put up some tomatoes. Garden bounty pictures!

Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 6/15/14

This weekend, I harvested my first tomatoes and eggplants. It was also quite the weekend for harvesting beans, peppers, and cucumbers, too. I harvested 3 eggplants, 19 cucumbers, 2 pounds of tomatoes, 5 pounds of peppers, and 5 pounds of snap beans. Garden bounty in pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 4/14/14

Here it is, the middle of April, and I’m just beginning my spring planting. I am no where near where I should be by this time of year! The weather is much to blame there, but my schedule isn’t helping. Well, at least I harvested all my winter-planted crops this weekend and got those prepped and put up. I also did a few things in the garden, getting ready for planting in the next few days.

This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 9/16/13

Here it is, the middle of September, and our temperatures are still in the low to mid-90s! We are about 10-15 degrees above average! I’ve planted so much that has not germinated; some crops I’ve planted twice. I guess the third time will be the charm, but I’m waiting for the weather to break. Then, I’ll replant lettuce, kale, and brussel sprouts. I also have to plant more turnips and beets to fill in what didn’t germinate. My carrots are still pending; they take close to three weeks to germinate. I still need to plant radishes (been waiting for cooler weather), and in two weeks it’ll be time to plant spinach, onions, and garlic. Gosh, I can’t wait for it to cool off! The good news is: there’s still fruit in my garden, including new ones. Take a look!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 9/2/13

According to the calender, it’s September. But you wouldn’t know it by walking outside where I live! We are still experiencing sweltering heat and humidity with temperatures in the mid-90s and humidity levels to match. There is something incongruous with planting fall crops in this kind of weather, for sure. But I press on! This past weekend, I replanted my three varieties of leaf lettuce, kale, and brussel sprouts because they didn’t germinate. (Too hot??) I also planted head lettuce (Tom Thumb and Buttercrunch), beets (Detroit Red and Early Wonder), and carrots (Imperator and Scarlet Nantes). Turnips and radishes are next – if I can just survive the heat! At least my plants are hanging in there! This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/10/13

I’m happy to say that all my plants survived the rain last week. The hydrangeas actually loved it. (See picture above.) I cleaned up all the dead branches that fell in the yard and saved them for kindling in the fire pit. Quite a few of my pepper plants had to be staked. I trimmed my paste tomatoes, though I need to prune them some more. I also had to tie most of my tomatoes again because they’ve grown so much. This will be the last time though because they are now taller than the stakes – and me! I have some new fruit growing and fruit progressing towards harvest. See my garden!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 4/22/13

This is my second year gardening in the Charleston, SC area, but I am still amazed at the new things I see in my garden. For example, as my following knows, I planted three types of potatoes in five-gallon buckets – three white fingerling, two peach-colored fingerling, and five purple potatoes. (I bought them at the grocery store, so I’m unsure of the exact varieties.) The peach fingerlings are now blooming! (See picture above.) There are no blooms on the other potato plants, but I learned not all potatoes flower. Who knew? Come see what else is new in my garden this week!