Sunday, September 11, 2011


Before and afters...

12/22/2011 Winter Solstace 2011 Garden Update. Growing our winter garden we have - Red Russian kale, Dino or Lacinto Kale, Swiss Chard, Beets, Lettuce, Turnips, Radish, Collard Greens, Cabbage, Egyptian Walking Onions, Garlic, Raddicio, Diakon Radish, Leeks. Night temperatures have been below freezing for over a week now, and frost is still on the ground, all the winter vegetables are holding up. This year we heavily mulched the beds in late fall before the freezes and that has helped the plants endure the cold weather better. Our total poundage for the year is 1694 pounds! Thats nearly 4x the poundage of last year and we were late to plant!

Later in summer.
Early Summer
After: We transplanted Collard Greens, Raddicio, Lettuce and Leeks.

Before: lowlands, we added a few inches of soil and mulch and made a no till garden using cardboard and tree trimming chips for the paths, and mounded soil and compost.



Fall veggies, Dino kale, early cabbage, spinach, chard, garlic, leeks, shallots, kale.
Doing a little pile smoothing and chip trail maintenance. .

More of the dalia's in front.
The dalia's a gift from a master gardener were magnificent and the bees love them!
The last of the tomatoes for the year. Fried green tomatoes and green tomato salsa are good options.
Harvesting in the rain.

Beautiful ripe veggies!
Dalias make a lovely addition to the garden
Our early tomatoes. Due to previous years tomato issues, this year we focused on planting early short season tomatoes and it paid off with a great harvest!

Spaghetti Squash, kale, chard, tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumberes,eggplant, tomatillos and
cauliflower, quite a garden harvest!
Our straw bale compost pile.
Our straw bale planter.
Planting in straw
Purple cabbage and Red Russian Kale bed

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My dream season extending bed.

Made some chive vinegar

More giving gardens flowers.

Gerties Gold Tomato. A late season tomato, not very productive, but worth the real estate and worth the wait. Every time my husband eats one, he comments on how that is the best tomato!
Tastes likes melon and mango.

This year was my first for flowers. I planted this lovely dahlia.

Tomatoes ready for dehydrating

This was the prettiest bed I made, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and some red russian kale.

This bumble bee spent the night in this flower. Talk about bee crack.

Making a strawbale bed. This worked well for the plants inside, but the plants we planted on the straw bale did not grow optimum but it was a nice experiment.

A nice large zuchinni, the squash puttered out early this year with powdery mildew,but not before harvesting about 20 nice zuchinni.

This year has been excellent for beets, I staggered plantings and none bolted.

Making more sauerkruat.

It has been a good year for tomatoes! I have been harvesting several yellow and red tomatoes. One change I made was not to concentrate on Glamour tomatoes and long season tomatoes, but instead I planted dependable early season tomatoes and a few glamour tomatoes.