A couple of quick videos of Charley’s garden and picking squash.
Charley is thinking about going fishing this afternoon. Since it rained yesterday, the ground is too wet to plow. As soon as the ground dries out enough for long enough, we are going to get some veggies planted. In the mean time, here are some pictures of Charley’s Veggies that we might get to plant.
Cole Crops refer to early season cold hardy vegetables that include cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce and chard.
In the deep south, cole crops need to be planted by the first of March. In the mid-south (Arkansas and Oklahoma) they should be in the ground by the middle of March. However this year, we have had such a cool, wet March so far the ground has been too wet to plant. I think that gardens will be able to plant their cole crops later this year.
What happens with cole crops is when the temperatures heat up, the plants just don’t fo as well. So planting early and growing cooler is better.
Farther north, cole crops can be planted on up into April.
Summer has officially ended! Autumn is here – cool nights, beautiful leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows. What does an autumn garden look like? Well, I am determined to find out. I have pulled up everything and planted turnips, beets, lettuce, garlic, radishes, and carrots. This is definitely a learning process for me as I have never planted any of these things in the fall. Learn with me – I will keep you updated on the fall growth (or not, as the case may be! J)
Things I have learned this summer:
1) Straw mulch is awesome!!! This was the best thing I have ever done for me and my garden. It kept even the Bermuda grass from taking over my garden. Usually by July I have thrown in the towel and totally admitted defeat to the Bermuda grass, but not this year!
2) Rain is good is small measured amounts. Too much or too little is not good.
3) Gourds grow really fast.
4) My kids will eat anything that comes from the garden, and most friends who visit will at least try it.
5) I still like to garden.
These pictures are the last of the summer garden and the beginnings of the fall garden. Next posting will be about the fall garden completely. This will be an adventure!
It’s been a while since the last post – so sorry!
Things here are very wet. I think this must be how folks in Seattle feel. It is not flooding; it just rains a little every day and stays gray and cloudy. Yuck!
What is left in the garden is thriving! I have three gourd vines that have taken over the whole back half of the garden completely. They grow so quickly that I have to trim them back in some places so I can pick tomatoes, but then they grow even more vigorously where they were trimmed! I think there are about 20 gourds out there so far and more coming on each day! Gourds anyone?
The tomatoes still have never ripened on the vine. I have been picking them when they first start to change from a darker to a lighter green, and letting them ripen on the window sill. This seems to be working but it just isn’t the same as seeing lovely red tomatoes on the vine. Oh well!
I have been harvesting herbs to dry for the winter and seeds to plant next spring. I have all sorts of sunflower seeds and zinnias. I have saved a few squash and will try to save some of the black cherry tomato seeds too. I have some moon and stars watermelon seeds and cantaloupe. Oh and I am pretty sure I will have plenty of gourd seeds to share too!
I planted some radishes and lettuce and will be planting turnips, beets, and cabbage as soon as I clear out the okra and melons. I want to see how these things do over the winter. I really want to plant garlic, too, if I can find some.
Well even though it is the end of season there is still plenty to do – keep at it and happy gardening!
Well. It has been sweltering couple of weeks here! No rain to be had in Claremore anyway. We have had thunder storms all around but none that come over us. The garden is still looking good, but it sure has not produced very much. I do not know why…maybe I do. Heirlooms do not produce as prolifically as hybrids; all of my plants are heirlooms. They sure are tasty and I like to think that I am contributing to posterity, but they would not be very helpful in feeding the family. All I can say…thank goodness for the Red White and Blue. We live in a land of plenty and for that I am grateful.
I have picked beans this week. Some finally came up and took off. I thought they had drowned in the flood. I also have a lot of gourds coming on. Those things grow really fast!! The black cherry tomatoes have just taken off…they are about 6 feet tall and bushy all around. I have a couple of other tomatoes that are about 6 ½ feet tall too! The pictures show the garden from the back fence. There is a whole other garden back there!! I will be pulling up some of the vegetables and planting more lettuce and other fall crops like broccoli and cauliflower by the end of August. Happy gardening to you.
Howdy folks. It has been a while. Not too much to report…my garden is growing lush and green. I think some of the tomato plants are as tall as I am! I planted fall tomatoes for the first time ever. So far so good. I tilled up an area of the yard that had been covered by a brush pile. I added compost from my compost pile and manure to the soil so they should be happy there.
I am getting one squash about every four days; though they are starting to produce a little more now. Still no big ripe tomatoes; the black cherry has been giving one or two ripe ones every week. Today there were five ripe ones on it for the first time. Those do not even make it to the table…they are so tasty we eat them immediately! The girls found the watermelons that are coming on; Clara is very excited about them.
We have had some of the most beautiful butterflies visiting- swallowtails of all colors. Whenever I run out there with the camera, they fly off, so no pics yet. I do have a photo of a swallowtail caterpillar that ate up all my dill (which is one of the reasons I planted dill). Hummingbirds have been showing up, too, after the bee balm. Yesterday, one hummingbird flew within 3 feet of my oldest daughter while she stood quietly in delight watching it. It was not afraid of her at all. It was a marvelous thing to see and share with her. And all because of our garden!
I have a few different volunteers coming up and I am going to leave them to see what’s what. One is a pumpkin and the other is either a squash or a cucumber.
I hope all of you are receiving a bounty of goodness from your gardens.
Check out http://www.karensgardentips.com/recipes/recipe-vegetables-kabobs/ for some great suggestions on grilling veggie kabobs.
Hello to all! The garden is looking real good. I picked some carrots the other day. They are a purple heirloom variety called Dragon. I have few pictures to show you of me harvesting and cleaning them. I have beautiful lush foliage and only a few fruits on just about everything. There are lovely green tomatoes on every vine. If they ever ripen we will have tomatoes out our ears! I have a picture of the one watermelon ripening on the vine; it is getting bigger everyday. Also some pictures of okra. Enjoy the pictures and be sure to take the time to enjoy the beauty and bounty that God provides every day.