Yes. I am gloating a little bit. There is a little lettuce plant growing by the compost bucket in the middle of the bed, one growing in the bed by the wall and a couple growing on the ground outside the bed. We’ll be eating lettuce until we turn green.
I’m about to have garlic.
And I”m about to have salad.
But, the Japanese sweet potatoes are not happening. Beauregard it is.
I found fresh turmeric and ginger at the Company Shops Market, last week. I dropped them both in some water to keep them fresh until I could get them planted. Yesterday, Chuck picked up a pot and some dirt for it. Today, I put the ginger in the new, fancy, terra cotta pot and the turmeric in the old, plain, terra cotta pot. If everything goes according to plan, they should be ready to begin harvesting on or around September 15.
While he was shopping for me, he got some compost to top dress our raised beds and planted lettuce and arugula in the fallow bed. We think the excessive rain is the cause of our salad bed wasting away to nothing. Last year’s lettuce crop was so extravagant, needing to replant is something of a shock.
The pumpkins and squash have crapped out on us. The pumpkin plants never got any size at all and the squash bloomed and died.
The garlic, however is coming up. California Early is, indeed, the earliest.
The root vegetables and all the green leafies are doing well, too.
The broccoli is making heads but this may be our last year trying to grow it. It’s just never very productive. Climate in NC? Variety? Don’t know. And the cauliflower isn’t even making heads.
Saturday (the 5th), Chuck refreshed a couple of beds with compost and planted 3 kinds of beets, carrots, turnips and a lettuce mix.
Kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, arugula and cabbage were already started on August 15.
Almost all our seeds have come from Sow True Seeds or Southern Exchange Seed Exchange. BUT, Chuck has started saving seeds. So, I’m trying to make notes of what we have purchased so I can remember varieties later, because some have worked better for us than others.
The beet varieties are Chiogga (ST), Early Wonder (ST) and Detroit Dark Red (ST) .
The turnip is White Egg (SESE).
Carrot is Danvers (SESE).
Brussels sprouts are Long Island Improved. (ST)
Leaf lettuce is Salad Bowl blend from Botanical Interests
Cabbage is Charleston Wakefield (ST).
We have Fordhook Giant (ST) Swiss Chard (and it really is giant.)
Kales are Dwarf Siberian (ST), Red Russian (ST) and Lacinato/Dinosaur (SESE).
Brocollis are Umpqua and diCiccio (both SESE).
Cauliflower is Snowball, Self-Blanching (SESE). I love cauliflower so we keep trying but it hasn’t been very successful in past years.
We have Baby Butternut winter squash (SESE) and Small Sugar pumpkins (ST) blooming now.
Spinachs will be Bloomsdale (SESE) and Winter Giant (ST). Tat soi (High Mowing Organic Seeds) and mizuna (ST) are going in soon, too.
Filed under Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Kale, Lettuce, planting, Root Vegetables, Spinach, Squash, Timing
Haven’t updated in a bit and I want to make sure to keep track for future reference in years to come. As you can see, the broccoli is doing great, probably the best head development we have had so far. There is also cabbage starting to come around and still waiting on cauliflower, maybe early Spring.
Starting to get some Brussels sprouts as you can see. This bed had plenty of water and I have not opened it in a bit, partly due to our being out of town for Christmas. Some of the sprouts plants had considerable mold, at least that is what it looked like. I cut them back to the dirt and tossed them on the compost. I am hoping for more new sprouts in a couple of weeks.
The lettuce bed is still producing, though it’s days are numbered except for the arugula. I will replant the same mix for salad into early Summer. We have been eating it as hard as we can for the last two months at least.
And of course the greens are doing great, fresh in my morning smoothie every day. I will probably braise a mess for New Years Eve dinner tomorrow.
The root veggie bed just didn’t do much. I replanted it and hope for a Spring crop. That’s it for now.
We may be in for a different winter this year. There is a freeze, not frost, warning out for tonight and I had to get the cold frame covers out of summer hibernation. I had intended to get them out this past weekend and do some maintenance/reinforcing, but Sandy’s wind and rain made that a poor choice. In any case they are on and will hopefully do their job. It was late November before we needed them last year.
I took some photos of the “crops” before I covered them. We have been enjoying all the salad we can eat with mixed lettuce, arugula and spinach.
The far end of the above bed also has some pepper plants still producing, but I fear the cold will shut them down pretty soon.
This bed has swiss chard and three kinds of kale plus some spinach on the side.
This one has turnips and beets with some arugula at the ends.
This one has brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, all coming along very slowly. The cover buckwheat crowded out the new starts at first and I am hoping they make a comeback with the extended season covers.
This is our spaghetti squash tree. The vines climbed the crepe myrtle and also latched on to the fence.
There was a volunteer sweet 100 grape tomato plant that I was letting grow in the greens bed that started very late in the season. With the freeze coming I harvested all the fruit and have put a couple of bananas in the basket to hasten the ripening process. Maybe fresh tomato candy for Thanksgiving?
Filed under Arugula, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Kale, Lettuce, Root Vegetables, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Vegetables
This is where we’ve been shopping for salad, lately.
Been a while since I last posted here. There has been mostly eating, though the summer returns have been a bit sporadic. The early excessive heat and the inconsistent rain has had it’s effect on production. The summer squash finally ran it’s course and I was pretty much ready. I was a bit tired of it. I expect that I will not plant so much of it next spring. We are into Fall and Winter planting right now and I have added two new beds. Lowes had self-contained kits on sale made of cedar, so I thought I would give them a try. I have planted buckwheat in one for the bees to forage during the slow season.
They have been a bit slow in finding it, but have been more interested lately. Kitty pulled the feeders from the hives about a week ago. We are watching to see how they do now that Goldenrod is plentiful and they have Buckwheat just outside their front doors. This morning I planted more Buckwheat in the mulch between five of the Hazelnut bushes just to see if it will sprout there. If so, I will plant more. It grows quickly and lasts until the first frost and is supposed to be a great green compost.
Moving on to the new stuff. Last month I planted Butternut and Spaghetti squash in the other new bed. It is about to take over the yard. There is already fruit and many blossoms. I tend to prefer the winter squash varieties over the summer.
In the bed beside the Buckwheat, I have planted carrots, beets and turnips. In the bed beside the squash, I have planted cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. In the other upper bed I have planted three varieties of kale. That bed still has thriving chard and a leftover okra plant that is still producing.
In the last lower bed I have planted lettuce, arugula and spinach. Yesterday I planted peas in the cinder block holes along one whole side of that bed. The rest of the okra plants doing fine and I expect them to keep producing for a few more weeks. I have also planted Parsnips in the half of the cinder block holes in that bed.
We had mixed results with tomatoes. The corner bed away from the raised beds produced wonderful German Johnsons and some very tasty Cherokee Purples, but the plants in the beds seemed to wilt in the early heat. We are still enjoying tomatoes and have been able to share with family and friends.
I planted Buckwheat in some of the other beds. The one below is where the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli have been planted. You can see the greyish leaves of the returning brussel sprouts plants that I just cut back in the middle of the summer. I am a bit concerned that the Buckwheat will impair the sprouting of the new stuff.
Anyway, that’s pretty much it for now.
Filed under Arugula, Bees, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, hazelnuts, Kale, Lettuce, Okra, planting, Root Vegetables, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Vegetables
This is a garden update, more for me than a hey look what what I have post.
Red romaine at the top that we will need to eat pretty soon before it gets too hot. Swiss chard at either end and a little spinach on the near side. Main bed has summer squash, zucchini, eggplant and okra. The okra has hardly sprouted and is getting overwhelmed by the rest. Hopefully it will be strong late after the rest has played out.
Pea vines, very young tomato plants and arugula on both ends. No peas to eat yet. Still hoping they come in before the real heat comes. Definitely better growth than last Spring.
Finally getting small cabbage heads. We will eat these soon. Don’t expect them to get much bigger. Peppers at the far end have been very slow, but since they like the heat, we look forward to them later. Wilted volunteer tomato plants in the middle transplanted today from the swiss chard plantings where they came up unsolicited. Hoping that most will make it.
Brussels sprouts still going strong. Fava beans growing well and flowering. More mature tomato plants in the rest of the bed.
Roasted brussels sprouts….it’s what’s for dinner.
Filed under Arugula, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Eggplant, Legumes, Lettuce, Okra, Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes, Vegetables