Look close!

on Thursday, September 30, 2010

There's still a lot of peppers on those plants. Some of the plants have even put out more blooms this week! I need to pay attention to the more successful varieties for next year!
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Future pickles with no future

I'm afraid this late cucumber planting was too late. Sure it's starting to form little cukes, but nighttime lows are gonna get reeeal low next week.
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These small round nodules form on the roots of legumes (aka beans). Legumes pull nitrogen out of the air and collect it in these structures on their roots. If you cut the spent bean plants off at soil level, or if most of the roots and nodules stay in the soil when you pull up the plants, the break down of the nitrogen rich nodules is supposed to be great for nitrogen loving veggies, which includes leafy greens such as lettuce, kale and spinach.
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Uh oh

on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Uh oh! Lows in the 30s? Kiss a good bit of the garden goodbye!
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Teasers for tomorrow

on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Here's some of the goodies your shares will include tomorrow. Yes those are gourds and, no Julie, you can't eat them... just enjoy them for their looks. ;-)

The harvests are definitely tapering down with the cooler weather and shorter days. Unfortunately that means we're about to run out of all the garden veggies.

Keep in mind that you don't have to eat it all fresh right now. If you feel overwhelmed with tomatoes and peppers, just wash 'em, chop 'em, bag 'em and freeze 'em. They'll be great in soups later this winter... and you'll know where they were grown, pesticide free, picked at the peak of ripeness (or in the case of green peppers, unripeness). I'm thinking chili, gumbo and spaghetti sauce during the cold and snowy Ohio winter!

Julie mentioned a concern of rain tomorrow. I assure you that mary and I are hoping for rain... except for the bed with eggplants and okra, where I forgot and left the soaker hose running last night. Oops! Anyhow, it LOOKS like the rain is supposed to hit closer to noon, but you might want to bring an umbrella...
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Sun storm

on Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In case you're wondering how big the sunflowers are going to be... this should help you decide what size jar or vase to bring...
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on Friday, September 3, 2010

Looks like it wasn't too late to plant those seeds that I thought might be too old!
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Remember that talk about hope?

Looks like the late planted squash are doing alright!
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More gourds

Lots more! This is the apple espalier fence. Just getting started with super tiny apple trees this year. And then there's these gourds that went nutso all over the place. I had to thin them to improve lighting and air flow for the infant trees.
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Speaking of gourds... Whoa!
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Wall of death?

Not completely. The cucumbers died off ages ago after a very short span, and then the gourds took off for awhile but then seemed to die off. I'd love to rip them out and plant cool season greens here, but as you can see if you look close, there's gourds still on the vine getting sustenance and firming up. Gotta leave the vines a bit longer...
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Second wind

There's been a lot of talk with mary, my dad and my brother about how stuff in the gardens is dying off. Well, while their squash plants have died off, some of my varieties have found a second wind and are taking off again!
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Size DOES make a difference...

on Thursday, September 2, 2010

I cut okra YESTERDAY! How did this happen? All three of these guys are about a third too big and risk being tough... let's hope they're not.
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