Getting the Winter Garden Started

Winter Garden Started

Winter Garden Started

Admiration Deck

Admiration Deck


Getting the Winter Garden Started

11-4-2013

As of lately, the temperatures around here have made it almost unbearable to work in the garden.  FINALLY…..  This past weekend we had some very pleasant weather.  Chad and I had a weekend of pulling out old plants that were past their peak and freshening up the beds for the winter garden.  We had old eggplant plants and pepper plants that I kept holding onto in hopes of getting a second crop.  They all ended up rotting before I could harvest any.  And then there is the Thai basil and regular basil…  I am not one to let go of a volunteer but it had literally taken over.  When we finally decided to get the burn pile going… It smelled like a Vietnamese Restaurant on fire (smelled pretty darn good)!!!!  I still have tons of both basils and am going to do some research on how to freeze and dry some for the winter.  When I reach that point, I will tell you how to do it!

So, yesterday, we put in an entire bed of a variety of lettuce seeds, Swiss chard (both red and green), cilantro, parsley, purple, yellow, and white onions, radishes and leeks.  I am really looking forward to the fresh salads we will be getting in the next month or so.  We are going to add a variety of greens and kale and possibly some root vegetables.  I also want to add some color.  I enjoyed the marigolds so much over the summer.  They added an extra splash of color to the vegetable garden.  I think that this week we will put in some pansies and violas for color.

We also got the iris’s and azalea’s planted behind our little “admiration deck”.  We bought them at the beginning of the summer but we let it get too hot.  Honestly, I don’t think they would have survived had we planted them that late.  Anyhow, it is all coming together.  Today, I am in the rose/perennial garden that has been taken over by torpedo grass in just a few short months!  It is a nice day out. Cool and somewhat overcast so it should be a pleasant day!!!

I am also including a few pictures of our Armstrong Satsumas.  They have started to ripen and are SO delicious!  With the cooler temperatures in the mornings…  I love to pick one straight off the tree and eat it!!!  Perfect!

More Armstrong Satsumas

More Armstrong Satsumas

Armstrong Satsumas

Armstrong Satsumas

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