I picked all the tomatoes on the vine prior to a hard frost. I have planted some of the raised beds with rye. Hubby has planted some winter wheat.
Have a great weekend. God Bless.
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Sure wish we had your temps..
Has fist 6” of snow early last week - gone now...temps in low 40’s during the day...
All beds are tucked in and the Rosemary (tough to grow here is still growing and green - will use some for the turkey this thanksgiving).
Hope this finds all well...
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Temps here about 60 and 36 or 37 at night for the last few nights. No frost yet. Warmer temps coming on Sun night.
We are ready to rip out the remains of the garden and get a soil test done so that we can go ahead and make whatever changes we need for next year and put the '12 garden to bed. Of course, the ghost peppers are a different story, they are in pots and are babied, looking forward to next spring when we expect them to be large enough to have some peppers on them. I have the back porch ready for the container plants and hanging baskets this winter, the grow lights hung from the ceiling and connected to a timer. That worked out well for us last year. Our container plants looked the best that they ever have using the grow lights.
We hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving day.
No gardening news, but here is a garden-related topic. Justadumbblonde will appreciate this:
Anyone with any spare time might want to see if you can get a ‘victory garden’ rolling for your town or local church to help provide produce for the people who are going to be suffering thru 2013...
Once again, I want to thank you, greeneyes, for taking charge of the gardening thread!
My usual response to stress is to work on getting closer to a self-reliant homestead. So as I’m sure you can imagine, the gardening bug has bitten rather hard since the election, and about 3 months early. More than once I’ve even found myself browsing wistfully through LAST YEAR’S seed catalogs. This is going to be a long winter!
Earlier this week I went out to my land with a load of carpeting to lay down, since the landscape fabric I’ve got isn’t quite up to handling those weeds. I have a neighbor who farms one end of my land, and it seems he’s got a new hired hand working for him, one who never quite learned how to color inside the lines. Thankfully the only thing that got shredded was one end of the landscape fabric, I would’ve been really steamed if he’d gotten my saplings!!! Still, I think I’m going to have to come up with some kind of fence for that area. It’s going to be rustic, I lost my job last February (and because it was due to medical reasons, I was told I didn’t qualify for unemployment, and my disability insurance only covered one paycheck instead of 3 months like they promised), so I’m going to have to build this fence out of whatever I can find on the land or scrounge up on craigslist. There are some woven willow fences that look really cool out there!
I figure I can fence off a 6-foot strip of land that was cleared but shouldn’t have been. That would put it about where the edge of the field used to be. All that nice cleared land can’t be allowed to go to waste, of course, so I’ve got my graphing paper and seed inventory out and am planning what to grow there. That edge of my land is a little over 250 feet long, so at 6 feet wide, that’s about 1500 square feet of gardening space! Plus, If I can’t find a job I’m going to be camping out there most of the time, so hopefully I can make a little off of selling my extra produce. There’s a local-foods store that buys from individual farmers and gardeners, and they’re usually short on cucumbers.
This also gives me space to expand my seed supply, some of the “survival stash” varieties I have, such as hulless oats, I only have a little packet of the seed. I’d rather have 5 pounds or more, so that if I have to I can grow enough to live on. (Oats aren’t the only grain I have, I’d be doing that with lots of things.)
The person I want to order popbeans and flour corn from still hasn’t posted her seed availability for this season yet. I’m starting to get antsy waiting for the new seed catalogs to arrive.
This past week has been yard cleanup. Last mowing of the lawn for the season and leaf pickup. There are around 18 trees in the front yard and a few more on the west side of the house.
All trees are naked now except for an oak, a willow and a Bradford Pear. I use contractor heavy duty trash bags to store the leaves until I can put them in the compost. These bags will be placed in between the blueberry plants to ward off the roving deer who love to prune the plants.
Yesterday I got my first new seed catalog for 2012/2013.
Good to be back after a long tough campaign season. My guys didn’t win but we gave them a good race.
Garden is put to bed, didn’t even have time to put any greens under the tunnel or get my grains in, so it’s completely empty except for the herb garden and the jerusalem artichokes.
I discovered a website via my facebook awhile back called Cultured Food Life - http://www.culturedfoodlife.com - and now I am brewing my first batch of lacto-fermented vegetables. Will let y’all know how it goes.
The garden is currently producing Dinosaur Kale, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and radish. The peanuts look like they'll be ready to harvest soon also.
I moved all my citrus and tropical plants into the greenhouse in case there is a sudden freeze. The one plant I'm worried about is the papaya, since it managed to grow through the greenhouse skylight and is partially exposed to outside temps.
What do people think of the idea of gathering ideas/s\directions about particular gardening advice in a permanent way (seed starting, for example), so that when the questions come up in the spring, a number of replies are ready?
I forgot to mention that I got about 50% of my cover crop planted Thursday before the weather changed and it looks like heavy rain for the next few days which will make mush of the remaining Raspberries but Lady Bender picked another 2 quarts of them while I planted the CC
For those of you in the eastern portion of the US, Dave Tolleris of wxrisk.com has issued his ‘Winter Forecast’. He goes through a lengthy explanation of the factors that influence the weather and for those of you who have an interest in the details, it’s a fascinating analysis. Bottom line in general: colder, snowier winter than the last mild one. Here’s a link to his analysis and forecast:
For those of you who might be wondering ‘who the heck is this guy?’ .... DT (as we call him) has a subscription weather forecasting business. A couple of years ago, he started doing some predicting of snow storms in our area .... long before the TV meteorologists were calling for it (he has quite a bit of disdain for the TV meteorologists) ..... DT was correct on all the big snows we got that year. DT also fairly early predicted the path of Sandy. He has a reputation for being a litte rough around the edges, but quite accurate in his forecasting .... he’s become the ‘go to’ guy around here for a lot of folks. His website isn’t the most user-friendly ... I’m finding that if you go to Face Book & type in wxrisk, you get more frequent info. He’s also started a Sunday podcast to explain the weather & has maps ... very interesting, I love it! If you are inhabited with any sort of ‘weather nerd’ genes, you will like DT .... his forecasts do cover the east coast primarily because he lives in VA.