Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread - September 26-October 2, 2020
Posted on 09/26/2020 5:45:51 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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Leaves are just starting to turn here (Michigan). Saw my doc yesterday and he has a hobby farm outside the city. this year he used Chicken Soup for the Soil on his garden and got spectacular results. His brother in law recommended it. I looked it up and will try it next year. I still have pepper plants - shishito and banana - producing and one tomato plant still viable.
Lower Midwest here with a small container garden. Its time to clean out the basil plants. I have successfully propagated lemon verbena and lemon thyme inside. Going for peppermint today.
I didnt start a fall spinach on time, so no fall spinach. Luckily the Swiss chard wont stop.
At some point my lemon thyme and oregano choked off the tarragon. Needed to get a new one of those and maybe redo pot assignments in the Spring.
The pepper plants I put indoors seem happy and are growing. I think this will be my fall plant saga!
A little hippy-dippy, but she makes some great points. I do many of the same things in Fall - lighting candles, cleaning out the garden, tidying the house, preserving, craving spices and deep colors - I'm sure other gardeners do, too.
I subscribe to ‘Mary Jane’s Farm’ magazine and they’ve got two-page spreads (not cheap!) touting that, ‘Chicken Soup for the Soil’ fertilizer. Sounds interesting.
Leaves here are starting - the Maples more than anything, then the Oaks. My ‘hill’ isn’t as pretty as she will be, but I’m taking photos every few days to record the turning. Once all I can see are bare trees and the white trunks of the Poplars and Birch, it’ll be over. (Too soon!)
Beau is in far northern WI right now and last night he said there’s still a little color, but the leaves are mostly gone already. Been windy and rainy up there. He’ll be hunting bear in ‘your’ UP next week.
I have a late planting of beets coming up, still have kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and some tomatoes and peppers ripening. Cut my last few Glads, but still have some pretty Dahlia and Zinnia left. My greenhouse cherry tomatoes are rocking it! Still been too hot in the greenhouse on sunny days to start the salad greens, but in another week I will.
100% overcast today, but no rain predicted until late Sunday (after I mow, Please!) Spending the afternoon with my Mom and friends to celebrate her 83rd Birthday. An early supper at historic Quivey’s Grove:
I didnt grow any vegetables here in North Idaho this summer because so many household projects took time. But the deer appreciated our banquet of many Shrubs and flowers. They started eating my potted mums this week.
Reporting from Southern California.
The fires are abating so we’re having less ash fall - air is “moderate” still, but far better.
Cooling a bit too, although I see temps in the 100s later in the week. My roses are just starting to return after the oppressive 110+ degree heat we had. We get a second flush in the fall, not as good as the spring but still can be beautiful.
I noticed the raccoons are starting to get my pomegranates, I don’t have a lot this year, small crop - but I’d like all of them. I noticed some neighbors have put netting around their pomegranate trees and I may do that this weekend as my garden project.
Planting more irises, I collect them and some are spectacular, I really like the re-bloooming ones so I get two sets of blossoms over the year.
Pray for rain!!
It’s just amazing...... my wife’s egg plant has grown to the size of a small shrub and is prolifically pumping out it’s fruit. It is nearly October but there are currently 8 small eggplants developing on a single plant.
We have been enjoying eggplant two or three times a week for some time now and I guess it will b e everyday soon.
Are there any breakfast egg plant recipes out there?
Her second planting of snowpeas are blooming. The new lettuce is up good.
Egg Plant, snow peas and kilt lettuce is on the near horizon
Those photos are fantastic! Love the strawberries, hope they taste as good as they look. Sometimes in California we get these wonderful looking strawberries at the stands that end up tasting like cardboard. Best to grow your own.
Pumpkins are beautiful - I need to plant some next year, my brother plants the giants, he’s looking to compete. Fortunately, I have enough room for the giant pumpkins and will start next year. Let the competition begin!
So glad the weekend is here .... this week was exhausting. Long story short, I’ll list the top 3 things: dead truck battery the morning we were supposed to take a trip in it (getting new battery was a “cluster-you-know-what”); downed tree that took a power line with it (still ‘live’ line) in our cabin driveway; outpatient surgery for close relative - I had to take/bring home & deal with post-op instructions, etc.
On the garden front, still have peppers (bell, jalapeno). I’m cutting up the bells & frying with onions - a pile of peppers reduces to something manageable. Jalapenos - I’m going to do an experiment & see if I can freeze pepper bits in vinegar for processing this winter into jelly.
Blooming: Fall zinnia garden (I love it!) & marigolds. The giant ones are like balls of sun - visible from a distance.
Growing: Cardinal Climbing Vine - now to the top of both trellises
Wildlife: Saw mama deer & her twins running across the field - first time I’ve personally seen them. I think they were visiting the old apple tree which has a few apples falling every day. Hummingbirds appear to be all gone - feeders still out, just in case & for any birds migrating through.
Fall color: our maples are starting to turn.
Gloomy, rainy day .... hope it clears out with some sunshine later. Fall is my favorite season of the year, so I’m glad it’s here.
Quick update on my garden situation.
In the Pacific Northwest here, have been getting a ton of rain last 3 days and will continue through Sunday.
But we have been getting dry hours and occasiona bursts of clear skies.
All my cherry tomatoes have split and there is no cure for that when the rain and 53 degree nights come.
My large heirlooms tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are holding up well.
I have ablut 200 heirloom tomatoes of all sizes and shapes on my dining table right now.
Greens and peas and squash etc are all perking up with lower temps.
My purchase of Texas property is moving along.
Have a signed agreement to purchase 11.5 acres, earnest money is at the title company, just waiting for the seller to clear up an easement purchase that brings the land size up from 10.6 to 11.5 acres.
Should close around October 15th.
I don’t know how many gallons of Strawberries we picked this year but it was a lot. The variety is Sea Scape and grows well here on the lower edge of the Pacific North West...
“Are there any breakfast egg plant recipes out there?”
Reminds me of the years I was obsessed by genealogy. Finding cousins was an absolute joy. One I loved deeply lived in Florida and we talked about New England autumns. So when the leaves began to fall, I ran into a forest and played madwoman catching the leaves as they fell and throwing them into a box, along with all the brightly colored berries, nuts, etc. that I could find. Then I shipped her the box so that we could share the season. Those memories will keep her in my heart for the rest of my life.
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