Gardens allow chattering thoughts to be stilled and memories to unfold. Scents on the breeze lure the mind back to a time when senses were heightened and joys were sharp. ~Jane Billinghurst
I am thinking back to spring and my hopes for the veg garden. Dreams really of what would be, and how the garden would produce. And I am pleased with this year, even with the strange weather and my physical limitations not allowing me to do as much as I wanted. All in all I would say it was a good harvest and a good garden year.
As I recap the veg garden, I am joining in with Dee Nash for her virtual garden club called, Dear Friend and Gardener. You can see the badge here and on my sidebar. As Dee says about this new club:
Carol Michel, Mary Ann Newcomer and I are starting a virtual garden club for everyone growing their own food, flowers or herbs this summer. It’s a fun club. There are no rules except if you grab the badge, please link it back to this page. Here, I will list everyone joining us for our summer adventure of growing our food, flowers and herbs. You are welcome to post once a month if you want. We’d love to see what you’re growing.
You can see from the picture above that we still had some tomatoes ripening in early October. And some Delicata winter squash finally ripened enough to harvest.
These are the last two Cocozelle zucchini squash we harvested on October 17th. I couldn’t believe they kept flowering and growing. We did cover them once when there was a mild frost.
October is garlic planting time. I usually wait for the third week to plant mine. And because I rotate crops, I have to plan next year’s veg beds now. I planted three different varieties of hardneck garlic.
And I found about 15 cloves growing in the old garlic bed (in the picture above). These were from this year’s garlic crop where we missed cutting the scapes or the scapes fell into the garden bed. I thought I would plant them in next year’s tomato bed, and see how they grow.
The last herb to be harvested was the Italian parsley. It can be hardy sometimes, so I took a few of the plants, cut them back and put them in the squash bed for next year. I hope they come back. Then I harvested the rest. I cut them up with my special herb cutting scissors, put them in an ice cube tray, covered them with olive oil and froze them. Once frozen we removed them and put them in a freezer bag. We also froze some leaves by themselves.
In October, I also bring in herbs to overwinter them under the grow lights in our basement. I dig up small pieces of perennial herbs sage, lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint, oregano, garlic chives and regular chives. And I bring in a basil, cilantro and Italian parsley plants to try and overwinter as well. Sometimes I have to restart them from seed.
I also take some cuttings of thyme to get them to root and I bring in my rosemary plants. We use all these herbs throughout winter. With the mild winter I am able to use the herbs still growing outside until a killing frost will blacken their leaves for this year.
A new addition to the veg bed for next year is asparagus. I decided to use my round repurposed planter (top right) as I have no other space. And it was just gathering weeds. I bought 6 one year old plants, and put them in good composted soil. They will remain on the patio mulched and waiting for spring. Not sure if I will be able to harvest anything next spring. I really love how the foliage glows and the little asparagus look so cute.
I also added a few more young rhubarb plants to one of the beds to overwinter. I will plant them in spring when I find a suitable spot in the garden.
I was shocked that my pumpkin plant produced a little green pumpkin, and it looked cute out front for Halloween along with the volunteer plant’s pumpkin that grew huge but green. Neither had enough time to turn orange before Halloween as they formed so late in the season. But there is always next year for more pumpkins if I can plant the seed sooner.
My little watermelon that I showed you in the last veg garden post did not grow much bigger than a golf ball as it wasn’t warm enough to develop in October.
And the carrots I was protecting from the deer, were devoured by the voles. We have to come up with some preventative measures to keep the voles out of the beds. I have a few ideas, I will share in a later post.
And finally, here are the 5 raised beds (to the right along the fence) covered for the most part with a fresh topping of organic compost and mulched leaves and grass from our non-chemical yard. The one bed not mulched yet has lots of borage that regrew and is still flowering. I am waiting until the first killing frost before I mulch the bed and pull some of the plants.
The covered area on the patio are the grow bags that did not produce so we will be composting their organic soil into the garden soon.
Is your veg bed still producing? Have you made plans for next year’s veg bed?
As everyone realizes who has ever planted a seed and watched it grow, we cultivate around us, we also cultivate within us. ~Diane Dreher
Visit my new blog:
I wanted to thank all the wonderful people who have been visiting my new blog, Living From Happiness, over the past few months. It is a blog that celebrates life, lessons, change, challenges and creativity.
I post on Sundays and Thursdays. I do hope you will join me there to read my musings about life on Thursdays, and some original poetry on Sundays, all illustrated by my photography.
Next up on the blog:
Monday I will have a new series for the winter months profiling some of my favorite annual flowers. If the weather holds, I will try to do another Stuck Foot post next Wednesday.
I am linking in with Michelle for her Nature Notes meme at her new blog just for Nature Notes. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Tuesday.