Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 12/1/15

Wow! I can’t believe it’s December already! This year has flown by. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I dearly missed my family this year, but I did get to spend the day with my son and my beau. After a marathon cooking session, it was a buffet dinner (when my son got home from work – don’t get me started on retail stores being open on Thanksgiving!) and a movie palooza. A nice relaxing day, for sure. In today’s post, I’ll share a piece of our day, some pictures around the homestead, and give you a wonderful coupon code for my shop. This week’s photos!

Winter Squash Bisque Soup

Winter Squash Bisque Soup PicYesterday, I decided I wanted to come up with a recipe for bisque soup, using my Black Futsu squash. It is a winter squash that is a little sweeter than butternut squash. This recipe is what I made last night for supper, served with beer-cooked beef brats (thanks to my Garden Wilson) – a totally autumn meal! It was a hit around the table! Definitely a keeper – and a sharer. Continue reading

2015 Spring Garden Plan ~ Part 1

Spring Garden Plan Part 1 pic

While many of you across the country (especially in New England) are buried under a couple of feet of snow, I’m sure you’re thinking more about snow shovels and rock salt than seeds and grow lights. But it is that time of year to pull out your seeds and plan what you will get started indoors in preparation for spring planting. Here in the South, this weekend will be about eight weeks until last frost. It’s now time to set up my germination station again! Last night, I organized my seeds and separated them into two piles: indoor starts and direct sow. Today, I’d like to share with you what I’ll be planting in my grow room this weekend. My 2015 indoor starts!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 10/7/13

Another week has passed without rain, but some rain is coming from the Gulf today! We sure do need it! I’m harvesting figs almost daily now, and the peppers are still coming in. I made two batches of hot pepper jam this past weekend, preparing for holiday gift giving. That’s the good. The bad is that the pickle worms seem to be winning the battle. Here’s both the good and the bad in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 9/23/13

Another week without rain here in my Sanctuary Garden. I’m not looking forward to my water bill this month, that’s for sure! But, it has cooled off finally. The high temperatures this week were in the low 80’s. I think I can finally replant some of my fall crops that didn’t germinate at all or didn’t germinate well. In the meantime, the cucumbers, squash, and beans are growing; and my peppers are starting to pick up on production again. See this week’s garden photos!

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 ~ 8/26/13

It’s almost autumn, but the temperatures are still in the 90s here in the Charleston, SC area. I’ve had to postpone some of my fall planting due to the high temperatures, but I’m hoping to plant beets and carrots on Labor Day weekend. What I’ve sown for the fall planting so far is in various stages of growth – from germinating under the ground to new seedlings to first and second sets of true leaves. I love the new life in my garden! The picture above is a Henderson Lima bean sprout poking through the soil (and grass clipping mulch) yesterday. Unfortunately, along with having new seedlings, I’m losing some established plants. It’s sad, but it’s gardening, where life and death are part of the cycle. My garden this week!