This past weekend, I had my first major harvest of the season. The raspberries are ripening, the radishes and onions got fully harvested, the snap beans and cucumbers are producing their first harvest, the lettuce is ripe for cutting, and a handful of peppers were ready to pick. In all, I harvested almost a half pound of raspberries, 2.7 pounds of radishes, 1.4 pounds of cucumbers, 1.3 pounds of lettuce, 2.2 pounds of snap beans (green and wax), 8.8 pounds of onions, and a handful of peppers. Not bad for the last weekend in May! Take a look. Garden Bounty!
It’s definitely almost-summer now with temperatures in the 80s pretty consistently. This past week, we actually had a couple of days in the low 90s. So much for spring weather. The garden is doing fairly well, but needing some weeding again, a bit of fertilizer, and a couple of foliar sprays. With the long holiday weekend coming up, you know what I’ll be doing. Meanwhile, enjoy some of the new things happening in my garden. 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!
Although it’s been in the 90s for weeks, my garden is still producing. I harvested 15 cucumbers, 1.5 pounds of winter squash, 6.2 pounds of peppers, 5.5 pounds of tomatoes, 2 pounds of beans, and 5.5 pounds of onions. Not too shabby! My garden bounty in pictures!
Yesterday, I shared with you pictures of half my garden this month, compared to pictures last month. Everything has grown so much! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can see Part 1 here. Today, I’ll share with you the rest of my garden with links to last month’s pictures, so you can see the change. How my garden grows in June!
Just when I thought we wouldn’t have any more nights below freezing, we got a little surprise. Friday morning’s low was 31 degrees, and several of my plants showed it. However, I think NOW I can say spring is arriving. At least, we’re finally seeing all the signs around. Signs of Spring on my homestead!
The temperatures have been in the mid to upper 70s all week here at Sanctuary Garden, and we had over an inch of rain. The warm temperatures and the soaking rain have caused my garden to sprout in almost every bed within a few days! And, as you can see in the picture above, my strawberries are ripening. I’m already eating some for breakfast. They melted in my mouth with sugary sweetness. Incredible! Come see what else is happening in my garden!
Last fall, I decided to try growing onions from seed. I figured I’d plant some seed in the fall and onion sets (baby onion plants) in the late winter. All excited, I ordered a couple packets of onion seed. When they arrived, I noticed the packets stated they were long-day onions. Curious, I researched onions online – and found out I bought the wrong type of onion seed for my latitude. What’s the difference!
The holidays are over and winter is in full swing. But here in Charleston, SC, it’s time to plant our winter gardens! Ready to get started on your 2013 garden? Wondering what you can plant now?
Go to the Calendar tab above, and you’ll see all the wonderful vegetables you can grow before the spring season.
This calendar will be updated regularly with local gardening events and seasonal planting schedules, so come back often to keep abreast of all that’s happening in the Lowcountry’s gardens.