It is now October, but being that is eighty-five degrees today one would never know that! However, last week was indeed cold enough to kill off all the peas, and this was quite sad indeed. The Cucumbers, Squash and Zucchini were all awash, literally, after “Hurricane Irene” and I made peace with that then. The tomatoes over at lucky shoe are pretty well finished, I need to take the stakes out of the ground. the pictures below are lucky shoe in the beginning. As for the clover, that is the second 4leaf clover I have ever found. It took me 29years to find my first, and that one now resides in a cookbook in California. It moved by accident; but that is a story for another time. 😉
The Tomatoes continued to bear fruit up until the other day when I harvested the last of the beautiful Green Tomatoes we’ve been getting. They actually will be taking a short trip to a friend’s house in Baltimore where I belive they will be fried, yes more food porn. The Lettuce produced its last harvestable leaves about two weeks ago. The basil is pretty well done and gone to seed. I put most of it into a basil bouquet for my friends parents when we went up to stomp grapes for wine making. I WILL indeed write a post about that, but those pictures are on my laptop, which is currently half dead but being revived, ahh yes it’s been fun here lately. PS: (these two pics below here were taken an hour apart (plants are side by side though)….amazing how the weather changes)
The purple green beans never got bigger than about 3 inches long, maybe it’s just me, but I expected them to be bigger…yes yes folks, let’s hear the comments… Regular Green Beans are doing great, even if I only get a handful at a time. Just as an FYI for everyone, “Kentucky Wonder” not such a great wondrous varietal, however they are large! The carrots are thriving, and the peppers are doing really well! Seriously, the Jalapeno and Thai hot peppers are doing the best they’ve done all year, I am floored!
Lessons learned….start earlier! I did 148 tomato seedlings, 148 pepper seedlings, 40 onion seedlings, and 32 carrot seedlings. Those were all started indoors around April, the only seedlings that actually survived and were able to be planted were the tomatoes. The peppers did wonderfully and then died for no apparent reason, oh except the half that never ever sprouted! (Hello heartbreak) The onion and carrots never got anywhere at all. Maybe this year I will invest in some grow lamps, bringing them in and out every day and night was not so successful. (now all those are what was planted indoor as seedlings, NOT what I planted directly into the ground) The seeds I planted directly in the ground in May/June are what is currently doing great, just very very late in the season, so again, best start earlier! Also, I learned I need to make sure I read the packets carefully. I thought I was planting seeds for lettuce heads in the lettuce row, but it was actually more cutting lettuce, so I had no actual heads. Which I really wanted. I thought I was planting buttercrisp, but it wasn’t, too many late nights planting!
And my favorite garden lesson, is still of course “Pruning”, whether I like it or not, and I don’t, I still can’t fathom it, but it’s required and works. So that’s where the garden is now…..almost done. Not as thriving and lush as I hoped for it, but a semi productive season and most definitely not a total loss. The plan this year is to start in the next few weeks to prepare for next year…..we’ll see what happens….