Happy upcoming fall gardening!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Happy upcoming fall gardening!
Friday, June 18, 2010
This is the other squash growing in my compost pile. I believe it is butternut squash from last year's harvest. I had to put up some fencing in my compost pile to support this climbing freak! There are three of these vines wandering amuck and bring me lots of joy and happiness!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Hallooo to you! My name is Papilio polyxenes, or most likely known to you as Black Swallowtail Caterpillar. I have been hanging out in Teresa's parsley patch happily munching away all day on curled and italian parsley. Now I am ready to make my cocoon to rest a bit while I transform into a butterfly and leave this earthbound existance. Then I will have a bird's eye view of Teresa's lovely parsley patch! I love that this patch is on a two year cycle, as I may decide to lay eggs for next year!
So today was unreasonably hot, 92 degrees it felt like 97 with the humidity throw in. Working in the garden is necessary, but tedious. Here I have my scarlet runner beans eagerly climbing their teepee to the sky. They have beautiful blooms, but I wonder what the beans will taste and look like. Guess I will just have to wait and see. They seem to be doing well after a rough start with a cut worm war. Along the Wattle fence is Bantam corn, and zucchini and yellow squashes. The onions that I planted on the outer side have all been harvested and eaten, and were quite yummy!
Last blog, I posted about this volunteer squash, and boy is it an impresive monster now. I have no idea what it is, but it has oblong fruit, and is very happy living in the compost pile. The leaves are about 15 to 18 inches across. Any ideas? I will keep you posted.
Coming soon, wait, I picked these today. What? Blackberries in mid June? The fields are full this year, so I look forward to many gallons of wild blackberries, which will be transformed into wine, ice cream, and cobblers for summer yumminess. I am working on a few recipes to post real soon. Stay cool and happy harvesting!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
The Grand Rapids lettuce is liking these cold spells we have been experiencing recently with quite a temperature fluctuation. Friday May 7 it was almost 90 degrees, and then last night they were talking about possible frost?? I had to fight a lot of weeds but have managed to get a nice patch going. I also have several other beds with mixed greens, and spinach.
I recently wrote a blog about how to start your tomatoes with a solid food foundation, before you set them in the ground. This is a picture from that blog when I planted these Roma's only a month ago.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I am truly happy, and looking forward to the new challenges that Spring puts forth. This is only the beginning, yet I already have wonders emerging from last year. The cycle of life is a wonderous thing!
This was my lower garden with the wattle fencing which my squashes loved! You can see the patch of corn at the back of the garden on the left. The deer decided to make a bed there, so I didn't even get one ear of corn! (ignore the date on the pic, batteries died, and I forgot to reset the date.. oops)
Close up of some of my pumpkins and butternut!
This was my new lower garden which housed pumpkins, spaghetti squash, okra, beans, zucchini and yellow squash, and lots of vining morning glories.
This is the front Wattle fencing with some cucumbers hanging happlily, even in August. I also had mint running around like crazy and a hummingbird vine that brought a lot of beneficial bugs and birds to visit.