It’s been a while since I gave y’all a garden update, and I’ll be honest: because after publishing the “My Fried Garden” post, I got so sick of watering that I tore up all the plants that I didn’t really care about, or that weren’t producing well.
But now that fall has arrived and the daytime weather doesn’t make me feel like sleeping all day, I’ve got things growing again. Some things are summer crops, many are fall/winter plants; namely, greens and carrots. Above you can see how well my potted pepper is doing. We’ve harvested two red peppers from it.
Following is a photo of what I think are baby arugula seedlings. They are between the blueberries and the New Zealand spinach path, and must have been dropped on the day I planted the – on the other side of the garden. I am doing an experiment and not watering them, just to see how they do with only dew as their moisture (not a lot of rain around here yet).
Next, baby lettuce growing in my official greens garden. Notice the landscape fabric sticking out. Having lost most of my kale seedlings last fall to Mr. Mole, I decided to mole-proof my greens. I dug this bed up six to nine inches down, lined it with the fabric, then filled it back in with the dirt.
I also dug the Big Bag Beds into the ground for mole-proofed growing. The row cover keeps the grasshoppers (which will not go away until we have our first freeze) from eating the seedlings.
Here’s the other big bag bed. The cabbage seeds are covered with cups (which are weighted down with rocks) so I don’t have to water it every day. They are taking so long to germinate, I reseeded them three or four days ago.
I am growing red Russian kale in two 20-gallon Smart Pots that are half-buried in the soil, with the soil inside the pot at ground level. This is so that the plants can receive the benefits of soil insulation when temps fall below 25 degrees (F). The second photo shows actual kale plants. They’re already getting their true leaves, along with the broccoli. 🙂
I have one cucumber plant (I had two) that remains healthy. But with temperatures forecast to start dipping into the mid-forties, I’m not sure how long the heat-loving veggie-fruit will keep producing. Production has dropped off considerably as it is. Here it is. Note that I pruned it a couple of times a few weeks ago.
Another summer crop: basil. I’m not eating off it now, as it’s lost a lot of its flavor. But because of its seeds I have at least two baby basil growing near it. I include its photo to show you how big and green it is even though I quit watering it a long time ago.
What follows is a blurry photo of a carrot seedling. I am planning on growing at least half our carrots in the 200-gallon Smart Pot, above ground, to keep the pill beetles from instantly eating them as soon as they germinate and to keep rain from washing the seeds away into eternity. The photo after shows you the actual pot.
The New Zealand spinach patch was one of the casualties during the drought. But can you beat it? Now there are several dozen seedlings growing there! The parents apparently seeded before I ripped them out of the ground.
We’re going to have potatoes! (This is the first time I’ve grown them.) This one and the smaller one behind it are the two out of eight or so that I planted in the ground and did not overwater and therefore cause the spuds to rot. The next photo show three potato plants in a 20-gallon Smart Pot.
Here is my sweet potato patch. I’ll be harvesting them in about three weeks; I’ll let you know what we get.
If you’re doing anything for a fall garden, or preparing for a spring/summer garden right now, feel free to share in the comments below! 🙂