Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 43 OCTOBER 25, 2013
Posted on 10/25/2013 12:44:35 PM PDT by greeneyes
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Along with the wheat, I'll be planting some rye and vetch. Just read some articles that vetch would help fight the fungus that attacks cukes and watermelon vines.
I got all my tomato branches hacked off and stuck in water to grow some roots. Didn't really have time to stick them in dirt. Dug up lots of pepper plants with flowers and small peppers budding and transplanted to pots for the indoor garden.
I have been collecting nature's bounty this week too. Ripened persimmons for breakfast and/or lunch. Just bringing in the ripe ones. The rest I'm going to process as I harvest in various ways to see what works best. Starting with the Euell Gibbons method of layering them with sugar in a jar.
Also bringing in the hickory nuts. Hubby is bringing in the walnuts and butter nuts. It reminds me of the old song Bringing in the Sheaves for some reason. We are so lucky to have these incredible nut trees and the persimmons.
Hope you are all doing well and have a great weekend. God Bless.
Pinging the List.
Don't even need sugar or anything. Any pieces left over can be microwaved the next day.
My winter wheat. I sowed it by hand, so it's patchy. Very patchy... lol... but that's ok. It's organic material to be turned under for the tobacco that will go there next spring.
There are some real omens for a long and hard winter, or as someone at the Farmer’s Almanac said, “A whole bunch of adjectives, followed by the word ‘cold’.”
I love doing that with butternut squash. I even freeze it afterwards. I just hate peeling it.
Euell Gibbons, now there’s a name I hadn’t heard in a while.
That’s amazing. No salt either?
Prepared this way, the peel is left on. Kind of like when eating eating a potato with its skin on.
What kind of winter wheat is that?
Oh yeh, that reminds me, I bought the Farmers Almanac at the store the other day - haven’t gotten around to looking at it yet.
Sung to the tuen of ‘Where have all the flowers gone?” Ewell Gibbons ate the all.
Generally, I have a bucket or more of green tomatoes to pick before the first frost. I wrap them in newspaper and let them ripen off the vine. I'm still pulling ripened tomatoes out of the bucket until mid-November, sometimes even longer. But not this year.
I've read that there's another variety of the noxious stink bug which is supposed to be moving here by next summer. Maybe a hard winter is just what we need to slow the invasion.
I’ll try that. Thanks
Indeed. Hubby read that book Stalking the Wild Asparagus, and went around foraging and cooking stuff for the next 2 or 3 years.LOL
That book is around here somewhere.
Yeh, just curious. I have the red winter wheat. Hubby may have some white that I can use. He’s talking about planting alfalfa to turn under instead of the wheat this year.
It’s over at Johnny’s house, I think. :)
Temps in Central Texas are in the 70s with nighttime in the 40s. We usually get the first cold snap on Halloween so the garden is quickly coming to an end.
I brought in a bucket of tomatoes and peppers a couple days ago so need to get them in the freezer. I froze a tray of bell earlier this week. The Improved Porters are finally putting on but they don’t have much flavor so not very impressed with them. Still nothing from the Amish Plum, Husky Cherry, Brandywine or Cherokee though they’ve been healthy all spring and summer.
Yesterday, I gave some Porters and that unknown pepper to the neighbor and a jar of peach jelly that finally set after a month. The neighbor said the corn jelly (that never set) was a great substitute for honey and put her order in for more next summer so all wasn’t lost with that frugal experiment.
I brought in the first 4 okras just now. There’s a couple more little ones out there but the deer will probably get them tonight like they’ve done with the others. The corn is nothing but sad sticks with tassels. Apparently deer don’t like the tassels.