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!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 4/8/13

It’s been a whirlwind four-day weekend for me, and I’m not finished yet! I harvested, cleaned, and put up purple top and golden globe turnips, turnip greens, beet greens, kale, spinach, watermelon and daikon radishes, two beds of carrots, and over 90 heads of lettuce! Then, with the help of my Garden Wilson (oh, yard boy!), I added mushroom compost into my beds; and we put up the trellises. The above picture shows 12 of my beds, ready for planting. (Garlic in the foreground and onions in the background aren’t ready for harvest yet.) I spent the rest of the weekend planting – but I still have more to do. Come see what’s new!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 3/18/13

The weather is finally warming up in the Charleston, SC area! In fact, it’s been in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s the past few days. Typical Lowcountry spring – we jump right into the warm weather. My garden is loving it, as you can see above in the picture of my Purple Top turnips. Now that it’s warm, it’s a busy time in my Sanctuary Garden. Come take a look!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/24/13

What a week here in the Charleston area! I think the weather can’t figure out if it’s winter or spring. After 3.9 inches of rain last week, we received another 2.3 inches this week (almost all of it in the past two days). That was interspersed with below freezing temperatures and a couple hard frosts. Surprisingly, most of my garden has survived – including the strawberry buds (see above picture). Unfortunately, there were some casualties. Come take a look!

Terrific Tomatoes Class

Last night I attended the “Growing Terrific Tomatoes” class sponsored by Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension, and was very glad I did! After delivering my soil sample (for a professional test, included in the price of the class), I made my way to the front of a large room filled with 40 or 50 people. I snagged a seat at the front table and discovered I was sitting next to a master gardener. I figured it couldn’t get any better than that – until I saw the fresh tomatoes on the snack table. Yum! What a great way to introduce a class on growing tomatoes! What I learned!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/17/13

Yes, that is ice in that picture! We experienced some real winter here at my Sanctuary Garden last night! I went to bed with a small dusting of snow on my car and woke up to ice in my water buckets! Not a big deal for this Yankee, but I was concerned for my plants. Unfortunately, I lost the asparagus again. It was so cold, that even under the covering, my new batch of asparagus spears froze. However, everything else in the garden is looking pretty good. Take a look!