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I still have some fresh veggies.
HERBS (need to dry some more!):
•The genoa basil is kind of sort of hanging on. the opal basil still looks pretty good.
•The sage looks OK, but isn’t really growing any more. Should be back next year, though.
•The rosemary is mostly evergreen, so that’s cool.
•The lemon thyme is still nice and lush.
I pulled all the tomato plants, but I rescued some green tomatoes. Some of those are turning quite nicely. Please also note in the picture below how I TOTALLY ON ACCIDENT color coordinated things. How awesome am I? Also note that I can only claim the tiny tomatoes on the left. The apples, red tomatoes, and beet are all from good ol’ WalMart.
Peppers! The pepper plants still need to be pulled (just didn’t feel like it last weekend). They still have flowers and small peppers, but they’ll never reach maturity. I did pick a LOT of jalapeños last weekend. I may slice up some of them and add them to my freezer bag of peppers for winter salsa, but I’ve also been letting a lot of them dry. They’re kind of pretty to me – I want to figure out how to make a pepper string to keep in the kitchen somewhere. (Apparently that’s called a ristra? And wow, they look super hard to make (scroll down)).
Do you still have any edibles going strong (or well, going at all) in your garden?
The Mango Mist hibiscus is now officially in for the winter, but it gave me more blooms at one time right before coming in than it did all summer long. Gorgeous! I really hope it makes it through the winter.
Also, an official goodbye to our resident spider. He’s lived by the deck door all summer long. I left him there, figuring maybe he’d keep some bugs from coming in. Every night he comes out for dinner, and every day he goes back into the siding somewhere and hides. Before long, I guess he’s done for.
I cleaned up the garden last weekend. Here are some before and after shots of that, and later some before and after shots comparing May to now. There are still a few annuals that I left in the ground – those are the ones that both still look OK and won’t be a pain to clean up when they are finally done for.
And what does all that stuff equal?
I actually thrwe a few MORE things on after I took the pic! Not quite sure what to do with it I ended up throwing some of the huge cosmos in the woods (maybe they’ll reseed and be pretty there next year?). I guess I should throw some more of what’s there in the woods as well, and there’s so much that I think I’m going to get some compost activator as well. I have some ready compost in the bottom, but not a ton, so I’m going to leave it in to use in the spring.
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It’s working on shutting down for the winter, so let’s consider this a partial “season in review.” My BFF is here from Hawaii this week so she came to check out “the famous garden” the other day. It’s pretty damn lackluster right now, though! Oh well.
The “side garden.” The peppers are making peppers like crazy right now since it’s been a little cooler. The tomatoes have slowed down a bit, but the heirloom tomatoes are finally catching up, so I’ve gotten a lot from them. Can’t wait to pluck off the black russian tomato that’s on one plant (in the “pot row”) – it should be ready tomorrow. The frigging zinnia planted in the ground is going insane! Part of it broke off in heavy rain, but it’s still blooming, so I’m leaving it. Once the rest of the blooms get going, I’ll prob cut that piece all up for a nice arrangement (they last forever inside). Next year I know to STAKE any zinnias planted in the ground!
I had some end blossom rot this year (really only on my romas), but that’s pretty much the only veggie garden problem. Can’t complain about that! Not sure if it helped fend off disease, but I did make a habit of pouring my spoiled milk in the soil around the tomatoes, since I heard it can help that.
I’ve noticed that my cherry brandy rudbeckia are doing a weird thing. They had kind of stopped blooming and died back a bit during a dry period. Now they’re blooming again and have small leaves—but the blooms a teeeeensy tiny and right on the main stem. It’s kind of odd. I also need to decide when to chop down the sunshine helenium (see how oooogly the front is rt now?). Seems they’re done blooming (can I get another thrush if I cut them down??). Still can’t decide if I’m going to move them (now or in the spring?) or just cut them back mid-way next spring so they don’t get so damn tall. Anyone have an opinion on the matter?
In what WAS for a short time “the herb garden,” the sweet potato vine I planted in the ground is going frigging insane! It’s growing all under the deck and vining up the steps. And I’ve cut it back multiple times! Clearly it’s happy. This is an annual here, so I’m def going to keep it in mind for doing this same ground-cover deal in other places next year. This garden turned into kind of a clusterfark, but it’s rather pretty. The zinnias were WAY taller than expected, the vine vined WAY more than expected, the nasturtium and sweet peas grew every-which way except UP, and the diamond frost got a lot bigger than I planned. The only perennial in this garden is a balloon flower (not in bloom in this pic) that is low to the ground (are they always, or is it just bc I got this one from a greenhouse late in the season?), so I’ll have to plan a bit better for next year with that in mind.
What’s the end of summer/fall doing to your garden?