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Fall Garden

My garden is still thriving, at a snail’s pace that is! With the suns current position on the ecliptic plane my row of trees (which are a beautiful shade of red-orange) happen to be blocking most of the afternoon sun.

I took this into careful consideration last Spring when staking out my garden’s perimeter. Since it is my first year at this location all I had to go on was my best educated guess, but I think I did well, especially since it is almost November and I am still picking my dinner on a daily basis! I have plans to extend the garden next year and instead of just expanding West I may make a shift to the North as well. I kicked around the idea of an “L” shaped garden last year, guess I should have went with my instincts.

We experienced our first light frost last week. Fortunately everything survived despite my not having built the hoop houses. I could call it procrastination but it is more like a big fat case of the “fuck-its”.  Honestly, I’m wiped. This season has challenged me with a myriad of gardening obstacles. Spring was cold, wet and moldy. Then it got hot, like real hot real fast. Next we had a horrible drought followed by and onslaught of crop munchers and then a case of devastating bacterial wilt. Now I think I may have some powdery mildew going after my second planting of cucurbits.

The following pictures were taken earlier this week.
Bok Choy
Purple Cauliflower
Rainbow Chard
Egg Plant Blossom
Green Beans
Green Bell Peppers
Ancho Peppers
Purple Beauty Peppers
French Breakfast Radishes
Black Radishes
Romanesco Broccoli
Baby Mesclun
Sweet Dumpling Squash
Hillbilly Tomatoes
L-R  Beans, Peppers and a few tomato plants.
B-F  Peas, Radishes, Beets, Cauliflower, Egg Plant, Butternut Squash and Sweet Dumpling Squash.
Same as above just reverse the order and add zucchini.
L-R  Peas, Bok Choy, Mesclun and Beets.
L-R  Peppers, Beans, Mesclun and Tomatoes.
I’m not very hopeful in harvesting any winter squash. I got them into the ground way late this year. My whole planting schedule was off. Having to restart my garden from scratch took longer then I had anticipated which pushed everything back by about a month! I still had green tomatoes when everyone else had juicy red ones! My peppers were finally ready for picking only about a month ago. I’m not counting on much of a brassica crop either. The days are short and the nights are long which does not make for fast growing conditions.
I’ve started getting ready for next year though, seed catalogs have been ordered. Now I’m just anxiously awaiting the start of the new year when they hit the mail! I’ve also set aside some non-garden area for more herbs and greens. I have tons of perennials scattered about the property, which is nice because I don’t have to think about planting flowers. The remaining designated spaces will hold edible landscaping and sunflowers. Lots of sunflowers!

Images and content copyright © 2009-2010 Danielle R Limoge.



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Hook ‘Em While They’re Young

Today I spent the afternoon with my niece. Grammy took us out for lunch, then we went to the park and spent several hours climbing around the wooden castle playground. (I forgot my camera. DOH!) I was painfully reminded how nauseating the merry-go-round is after the age of 10! We then headed back to my house for a bit of post play garden-grazing.

Earlier in the week I had a conversation with my niece about my garden and what was still growing. I told her that if she wanted to we could eat some peas in the garden. Well, she was more than excited over the idea and reminded me today of our plans.

Cecelia is a fruit and veggie lover! I’ve never met another three-year old who passes up the dessert table at a party for a banana or cup of fresh summer fruit. Seriously, I could not be more proud! She is so going to spend her summers with me in the garden!

Yum Aunt Dee-Dee, your peas are good!
Inspecting my french breakfast and black radishes.

Images and content copyright © 2009-2010 Danielle R Limoge.

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Fall Planting

Several weeks ago I managed to sneak away from my chaotic canning kitchen and start sowing my fall crops. This is what my garden looked like the beginning of September.
my fall peas were planted with seeds I dried from the spring harvest 🙂
spring mix
sweet dumpling winter squash


Waltham butternut squash

Images and content copyright © 2009-2010 Danielle R Limoge.


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