Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/27/15

Good morning, everyone. I have to admit…after the past excruciating week at work, I don’t know what day of the week it is or whether I’m coming or going. I had such a to-do list for the garden and the yard, but I didn’t anticipate such long hours at work. So, alas, the to-do list remains “to do,” unfortunately. However, I did get a chance to harvest a couple of times and get some pictures of the garden for you, though. Hope you enjoy! This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/6/15

Good morning, everyone. I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I intended to spend quite a bit of time in the garden over the weekend, but it seemed my body was more exhausted than I realized. So I slept. A lot. I spent some time in the garden, doing a few things (like pruning and tying my tomatoes), but the major chores will just have to wait a few days longer. Funny thing – my mind continues to make plans as though I’m 25 but my body often screams, “Enough!” Ah, the joys of getting older. So, I do what I can as I can while I’m still working full time. Meanwhile, my plants may not be as healthy as they could be, but they are doing what they do best – fighting on. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/8/15

Happy Monday, everyone. Remember last week, when I told you that we hadn’t had rain in a couple of weeks? Well, we more than made up for it the middle of this week. My garden got almost five inches of rain in three days! All is well with the garden – except my little lemon drop pepper seedling, which has disappeared. (I think it got washed away!) Now, the humidity has come with a vengeance. We had 92% humidity yesterday (at 7:00 a.m.!), and I couldn’t even work in the garden. So, guess where I am today, making up for it, heat and humidity or not? You got it. Meanwhile, here’s the latest from my Sanctuary Garden. This week’s garden pictures!

How My Garden Grows in June ~ Part 2

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!

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 ~ 10/14/13

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!

Garden Bounty ~ 7/9/13

Even though we’ve been inundated with rain the past couple of weeks, I’m harvesting oodles of tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers and raspberries. I had so many peppers of different kinds and colors, I made a pepper centerpiece out of them for the picture above. See this week’s bounty!

Garden Bounty ~ 6/23/13

It’s been an incredible week for harvesting in my Sanctuary Garden! Despite two rain storms that brought a total of 3.3″ of rain, I was able to get out and reap baskets of goodies every day but one (the extremely rainy day). I had so much, I thought it’d be fun to share with you the tallies for the week as well as the pictures. See the bounty!

Sanctuary Spotlight: How to Grow Peppers

I love peppers! Sweet ones, mild ones, hot ones – doesn’t matter. Last year I planted a small bed of sweet peppers and a row of hot peppers, and I had enough to eat fresh all season and be able to freeze several quart bags of peppers to last through the winter. This year, I planted a large bed of sweet peppers and a large bed of hot peppers because I want enough to eat fresh, cook in recipes, freeze, pickle, and give away. If you’re a lover of peppers like I am, How to grow peppers!

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!