Is this going to be our first frost?

on Saturday, October 22, 2011

We're already a couple weeks past the first average frost...
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Packaging can be a lot of work!

on Monday, October 17, 2011

A bunch of different varieties of Asian greens, each labeled so my two Guinea Pig CSA members can report back on what they like and dislike.
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Lettuce cross our fingers!

on Monday, October 10, 2011

This will be the first winter with the raised beds I built inside the greenhouse - I wonder if these lettuce plants will tough it out if I treat them as cut-and-come-again, rather than digging up the whole plant when it's time to harvest?
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All dug up and nowhere to go?

I dug up all my rosemary plants from the plum tree bed this weekend, and potted them up. Some had roots coming off branches that were touching the ground, which meant I got to cut them off and hopefully gain extra plants!

I think I've only ever successfully overwintered a single rosemary plant. I've tried a number of times, but the ones in the greenhouse died this past winter, and the ones I've tried in the basement usually die around February.

I'm going to give it another go this winter. I'll try some in the basement, some in the garage, and maybe even the greenhouse again (this time bundled up?)

Fingers crossed! All suggestions welcome!
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Eat your greens!

Hey CSA customers... Remember I kept teasing that I hoped to provide some extra goodies a little later in the season, even after we'd officially shut down? Weeeell..... How's this looking?

There's a mix of Asian greens and lettuce here, and while it's the most packed bed, there's some additional stuff in a couple other beds as well.

Temps are supposed to start dropping again, plus we're supposed to start getting rain again this week...and that's a combination these particular growies love! So I have a feeling I'll be letting you know there's fresh greens/lettuce for you next week. Cross your fingers!

Check out the wire mesh over top of the bed. That's two of my larger tomato cages uncoiled and just holding on to the wooden frame of the bed. While I figure I'll only have enough bulk to share for a couple weeks, I'll leave smaller, less developed plants in the bed for us, and even if it gets cold or frosty, I can put protective cover over the wire mesh to shelter the growies underneath. Why didn't I try this with the cages before??
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on Sunday, October 9, 2011

This morning this bed was loaded with peppers, eggplants, and marigolds...and after heavily harvesting the sparse amount of veggies left of the plants I cleaned out the whole bed, amended it, leveled it out, and just finished planting 192 "somethings" in it for next year - with fun names like Nordic Hammer and Chinese Pink.

Without cheating and googling those names can you guess what they are?

Another hint: some people just can't get enough. Learning that over the last couple of years, I ordered more than ever before and, oops, they won't all fit in this bed! Good news is I have another, smaller bed I'm willing to sacrifice for a good chunk of the year, so I'll be planting that with the remainder of this crop shortly. And my hopes are to have so much harvested next year to replant from my own *correctly labeled* harvest next year, meaning I shouldn't have to buy them anymore! (there was a slight labeling issue with the crop planted last year, so I didn't know what varieties I had come harvest time this summer!)
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Green goodness

on Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cilantro? Check!
Red onion? Check!
Garlic? Check!

Sigh, if only I could grow my own avocados!
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Almost time to plant garlic

on Sunday, October 2, 2011

And this year I'm so much more prepared! Next spring not only will I NOT be wondering what my different varieties are because I didn't make all-season-tough labels for them, but I will have all the vital info for each variety right there in the garden!
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