Yesterday, looking at the weather radar, I had expected that we would catch the edge of a weather system that was being pushed up from the southeast. Which is what usually happens. Instead, the system ended up going right over us, and we had heavy rain all day and most of the night. We are … Continue reading Bee rescue, and new sign started
If you're on Facebook, you know how they pop things into your news feed that you posted, X number of years ago today? Yesterday, I saw one of those, with a photo I posted, three years ago. After a snowfall. Not only have we blown past our average first frost date of Sept. 10, but … Continue reading More garden surprises
One last garden update to post, interrupted by having to make a run to the post office to pick up a package before they closed! 😀 With the kittens mashing down the netting on two of the beds in the old kitchen garden, I finally gave in and removed the mesh completely. With the beets … Continue reading Fall garden update: carrot and beet surprise!
In the main garden area, which will be a permanent garden, we've still got the two beds covered with mesh to protect them from the deer. Unfortunately, that leaves them pretty neglected, due to the difficulty in moving such long frames. Of the radishes we planted, there are two French Breakfast radishes that survived the … Continue reading Fall garden update: the covered beds
When it comes to the sunflowers, it looks like we'll have a few Hopi Black Dye seed heads that will fully mature, but I wasn't expecting much from the Mongolian Giants. Then I took a closer look at one of the largest heads. This is only about a third, maybe a quarter, of the size … Continue reading Fall garden update: sunflowers, corn and peas
While the squash and melons are died back, or in the process of doing so, I continue to be amazed by the Tennessee Dancing Gourds. These were one of our "fun" crops. Yes, I hope to use them for crafting purposes, but really, I just thought they were adorable and hoped that maybe, just maybe, … Continue reading Fall garden update: squash tunnel gourds
While going through the garden beds this morning, I was just blown away by how much is still growing - and still getting a chance to grow, if the forecasts for October stay true! The last time I had so many photos to share, I put them together into a video, but it only ever … Continue reading Fall garden update: winter squash and melons
Today was dry enough that I could work on cutting up the dead tree that had finally fallen, thanks to recent high winds. This time, I could use power tools! I used my baby chainsaw (aka: cordless pruner), with it's 4" blade, to trim off branches, then a reciprocating saw, with a 12" blade to … Continue reading Clean up: salvaging logs, and bonus clean up
This evening, I finally got around to working on the first of the low raised beds in what had been our garlic beds this year. The boxes are ready and waiting, and the beds had been left for any weeds to get larger, so they would be easier to pull. The plan: dig out all … Continue reading First low raised bed: part one. It’s good to be flexible!
As always during my morning rounds, I checked on the various beds to see how things are growing. This most mature of our Red Kuri squash has ceased growing in size, and is just beautifully deepening in colour as it ripens. While it's neighbour is getting bigger. We won't have a lot of mature winter … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: progress and pruning