We have been really fortunate with the frost holding off so far. If the long range forecasts are right, we won't get a frost for at least two more weeks, possibly longer. Other areas in our province have already had their first frost, so I am really thankful that it's held off in our area … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: late season growth progress
The gardens seem to be really enjoying all the rain we've been having! The Ozark Nest Egg gourds are having a growth spurt, and more flowers are blooming. They are the first ones I've seen with only three petals on them. So far, I'm only seeing male flowers, but I might be missing some. I'm … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: morning after the rain
Yesterday ended up being even hotter than was forecast. We also didn't get the thunderstorms that were predicted. 😦 I still ended up outside to take care of a few things. One of them was to check on our curing onions, shallots and garlic. They are not cured yet, but they've dried enough that I … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: yesterday and today
This evening, our first real harvest of beans was prepared to accompany our supper, and did a taste test. Though we'd picked a few beans before, they were so few, they just got chopped up and added to a hash. For these, they were first steamed until almost done, then pan fried in butter with … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: first taste, and getting big!
The predicted rain never came today, but then, neither did the predicted high of the day, so I went ahead and watered the gardens in the late afternoon. Having mentioned the Ozark Nest Egg gourds in my previous post, I just had to get a picture when I found this. A single Ozark Nest Egg … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: more brightness
I just have to start with the exciting part. We actually got rain today! Okay, so it was maybe only for about 20 minutes, but it was a nice, gentle, steady rain, and enough that after several hours, the ground is still damp. Not only that, but we've got a 90% chance of more rain … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: some growth, some critter damage, and WE GOT RAIN!!!!
Today, I built what should be the last garden bed for the year. This one is for the climbers. Here is what the space looked like when I started. The original plan was to use the remaining chimney blocks, like the one in the photo, as planters along the chain link fence, but they remain … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: one last bed, and transplants
Today's priority was to start the last of the seeds indoors. I'd been preparing a bin with toilet paper tubes, as something that would allow the least root disruption when transplanting (at least, so I've read). After a couple of days, it was time to start planting the Montana Morado corn!! Aren't they gorgeous? The … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: planting day, indoors – and that didn’t work!
The frosts we have had didn't quite kill off the cucamelons, but they are certainly beyond being able to continue producing. There were still a few left on the vines that were big enough to withstand the frost, though! They were still tasty, too. 🙂 After taking down the yarn net I made for a … Continue reading Fall clean up: cucamelon surprise
After looking up and confirming when to start harvesting cucamelons, I went ahead and picked the largest ones. The fruit doesn't grow larger than 1 or 2 inches, and we read that if they are left too long, they get really seedy. Which makes sense. Aren't they adorable? There was just enough for 2 each, … Continue reading Cucamelons: first taste!