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Starrboard1Lay fallow

Since we’re moving I’ve stopped working in the garden. I’ve got the porch plants indoors receiving their sporadic waterings, and the potted crepe myrtles are outside to receive theirs. We are hoping to find a nice plot of land with the new place, so until then this goal will remain dormant. 23 months ago

Starrboard1It's that time of year again

The last of the tomatoes are ripening, the cucumber is giving a final go, the basil has been turned into pesto: fall crops, not enough did I sow.

Ugh. It needs a good weeding too. Maybe when I winterize the porch plants I’ll be motivated enough to play in the big dirt pen. ;) Better to do it now while we still have 70* days. 2 years ago

Starrboard1I feel Fall in the air

and my pumpkin is still not in ground! The basil needs to be harvested for pesto & freezing. I doubt it’d be useful to put in any of the lettuce sprouts but it couldn’t hurt to try. Definitely need to clear out the back row this week, the ornamental chilies are blossoming. 2 years ago

Starrboard1Every time you think it's safe...

I’m usually hyper vigilant about maintaining my garden. This is the 4th consecutive year that I’ve planted a summer crop and have just started staggering plantings. So far we’ve had:

Big boy tomatoes
Roma tomatoes
Sweet basil
Variety of lettuce
Ground cherries
Band from the heirloom collection,
Black cherry tomatoes
Winter squash
And sugar pumpkins
Sweet peppers
And I ended up buying oregano & rosemary because as many times as I’ve tried Ive never been able to get them beyond sprouts.

Everything gets watered at least once a day, twice on really hot days, and fall transplants get a cardboard covering for a week until they’ve adjusted to full sun and grown new roots.

My biggest threats have been vine squash borers (no more zucchini or summer squashes grown here) and powdery mildew (blight) on the tomatoes. I’ve been meaning to take a good morning and clear out the back where the irises are to make room for the pumpkin, ornamental chilies and marigolds but I’ve been either away or at work. Today I went for the morning water and found blight on all 3 tomatoes again, so I spent the better part of the day cutting away infected branches and rearranging stakes.

Things are looking more orderly but the back still needs clearing and the lettuce beds needs a going through so I can put down the final rotation.
Sweet peppers 2 years ago

cherryiceKale, 25°

It was sub freezing and I was harvesting kale. I love that. 3 years ago


The garden is proving a excellent space for reflection and meditation, and best of all in the process I am producing my own vegetables. It has even made me realise that working with plants is more important to me than spending my days with my face buried in books. 7 years ago


This is an on going goal. 7 years ago


The one benefit of falling as far behind on my gardening is that I didn’t get out to buy annuals til yesterday. And they’re almost all half price. I dote on the perennials in the yard, but use the annuals for containers, of which I have about 30. I’m heading out again today in search of more cool annuals.

the reason I fell so far behind: I did NO garden work last fall, then we had a freezing cold spring, so I’ve spent most of my time when it’s warm cleaning up the mess I left last year.

But, I have little of that left, and one garden that I’m reshaping - we had to have a tree cut down - so I’m in ok shape finally. 9 years ago

bombusimpatiensPlenty done, plenty more to do

Before today ends, I need to get all the tomato plants in, and put the basil in pots. I bought every pot of basil that Home Depot had. That stuff sells out so fast, I am lucky to have enough to get me through the summer. I make LOTS of pesto. I’m a pesto recipe magnet. I just wish I could keep it growing through the winter. I put a fence around my shade bed to keep my crazy poodle puppy from digging up everything right after I plant it. Poodles are a gardening breed, you know. Bred through the centuries for their cultivation skills. 9 years ago


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