Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 46, NOVEMBER 15, 2013
Posted on 11/15/2013 12:14:17 PM PST by greeneyes
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November is the time for Missouri gardeners to spread manure, sawdust, and leaves. Good time to lime if that is needed. Everyone is busy burning leaves in this neighborhood except for us. We compost as you know.
Planning for next year has begun and will finalize in December and last orders in January.
The weekend is shaping up for good gardening weather with temperature tomorrow of 67 and low of 61. Sunday will be 72 and back to 39 for the lows.
I continued cleaning up my beds on the nice days and planted some cover crops. Hope to finish up the rest of the raised beds this weekend. Also will put a row cover on the perennial herbs.
We are still collecting and eating a few persimmons daily off the tree. Hubby is busy processing the nuts we collected.
Hope you are all doing well. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
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Well last weekend I managed to get absolutely nothing done in the garden. Maybe this weekend will be different. But it’s probably going to rain...
Yep—roller coaster too here in N. Tx Had to cover the plants out back. Now we have a few warm days ahead and want to get some bang for the buck and get the last few peppers to mature before it gets serious cold and ends the fun.
Oh I hope not. It looked like our local forecast was unlikely to have rain on Saturday. I expect as the weather changes quickly on Sunday it will be raining sometime then.
Que Sera Sers. If it rains, it’ll be good for the trees and shrubs. Plants that are dry in the fall don’t withstand the winter cold as well.
I read that putting some aluminum foil at the base sometimes helps hurry up the ripening. Never have tried it though.
I did get to eat a ripe tomato this week from the garden. I have one more left to ripen and a hanful of cherry tomatoes that are almost ripe. Then that’s the end of my homegrown stash.
I still have some green bells in pots inside that I am going to let turn red before eating them.
Fun already ruined here in Central Texas when we had our first freeze. Peppers were the last thing left and now they’re gone. Oh, well, I’m ready to do nothing outside for awhile. Now is the time to get rid off stuff that has accumulated in the house and has been made more apparent by the fact that our kitchen is undergoing renovation and we have been squeezed into a smaller space. Hopefully, by Spring my house will be finished and clutter free and I’ll be ready to hit the garden anew :)
Any chance you would have an arguably edible persimmon pudding recipe you could pass along?
The freeze in N. Texas killed off just about all of my garden plants but fortunately I had some peppers in pots that I brought into the garage. I also picked my last 2 eggplants before the frost. Next year I think I will be putting all my tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and eggplants in pots.
I put in a new raised bed for flowers in my front yard and it just about killed me. Trying to dig up Texas clay is not for the faint of heart. With the help of Ibuprofen I finished it with a nice stone boarder.
I’ll check my recipes. I probably have one, but I have not tried any pudding recipes. If I have one, I’ll post it later.
I am just now getting enough confidence in my selection ability. It has been hard to learn when the taste is just right by looking and feeling. Even 1 persimmon that isn’t ripe can spoil a batch of whatever you are making, because the are soooooo astringent.
So far we just eat several each day. They just taste so good, and are so rich that just a few fill me up.
Sers = Sera
Missouri Clay is pretty hard too. That’s why I just had Hubby build me some raised beds. The soil is quite loose, so pulling stuff out is pretty easy.
My fall tomato plant is loaded. I just hope the fruit get ripe before we get a hard freeze here in central Texas. Lettuce and turnips are doing well.
Nothing to report here. We’re on winter shutdown here. We had out first near freeze twice earlier this week, just a false alarm, but did have some frost on the windshield Wed, and a little bit of light frost on the ground in some open areas a couple of miles away. Lowest temp here at the house was 34. All the plants were brought in to the back porch last weekend. Just playing around in the shop waiting till mid- Jan to start some seeds that I ordered this week.
Picked 8 more hot peppers that will be dried and ground to powder.
I didn't get a freeze and all the plants are just taking off and growing like crazy. There are a few tomato blossoms now on a tomato plant in the net room. The big squash is now about 22 inches long. There are other blossoms on the plant but I doubt they will start growing squash unless that plant also loves cool weather.
I know I would get a medal for my carrots and turnips. Those are in the good hard plastic, nice looking, square, 13 inch, planters that are made to put on a deck with short legs to keep the bottom of the container off the deck.
I ordered five more of those containers, but the 15 inch ones and they came today - 15 inch will work for root food. I'll get more of the 13 inch before I plant for spring.
I'm going across the street to Walgreens for something and I'll get a notebook to write down all my seeds and info. I need to know to plant each type and I'll be sure to record the date I plant as I didn't do any of that during my “experiment” planting this year.
I said on last week's thread but later in the week that I found the sales slip for my strawberry plants and I only ordered 24 like I thought I did, but they sent 48, that's why I have so many.
Well, gardening is never over, is it? When a fall garden is over, one has to plan for the early spring planting, exactly what to plant, where to plant it, and when to plant it.
Hubby is busy processing the nuts we collected.
Please let me know if you need any squirrels to help with the nut processing.
They gave me a break this year, not so sure about next year tho, neighbor cut a hugh persimmon tree way way back.. so the squirrels may get busier here.. oh vell..
Thanks anyway, we have plenty of the bushy tails.
There’s always something to do when you are a gardener. In my foray regarding Texas Citrus, I ran across an article that said the fall and winter months are a great time in Texas to plant the cool weather plants like carrots, in order to avoid the scorching heat of summer.
IIRC, our low was 27 degrees. Several days when the frost was quite prolific everywhere.
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