Friday, October 29, 2010

Jenny - Pepper Harvest

Yesterday my husband picked a huge harvest of peppers! There was danger of a frost overnight, so he ran out to the garden to salvage what he could. It's typical of us to have multiple pepper harvests out here. Our plants often last well into autumn. We'll be shipping some out to my parents on the east coast. Here's a pic, and these are not even all of them!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Jenny - What I'm Up To

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous out, and my garden beds are calling to me. Well, crying more like. So many things have been going on that I've fallen behind on my weeding something terrible. So the children and I are embarking on a fall cleanup project. We'll be weeding, straightening out and trimming back any plants that have misbehaved themselves out of shape.
Oh, that reminds me. Always check your plant resource (online, book, whatever you prefer) before trimming a plant back, especially if you intend to do a hard trim, where large portions of the plant are cut away (clematis comes to mind). As a general rule, waiting until just before or just after winter is best.
Once we're done we'll be moving on to the plants inside the house, so hopefully you'll get some posts from me on keeping your house plants happy. In the meantime....

Happy Gardening!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A quick update

OK, this may not be an informative post, but I've just checked on the garden and am now all excited, and I'm sharing the news with you. We have cucumbers! There, I said it. Now let me yell it - WE HAVE CUCUMBERS! They are six or seven inches long and not much thicker than a pencil right now, but they seem to be growing fast. The vines look great and are full of blossoms. I can't wait until next week when we get to eat them. I believe these are the Armenians but the English cucumber vines look good too.

Oh, and by the way, I opened up a jar of the spicy dill pickle spears I made a couple of months ago and they are very tasty. My son ate half the jar for lunch the other day and I'm working on the other half.  Here's a picture of those tasty things:

And since I've got you reading this anyway... I also picked a tomato, two green peppers and two chili peppers off of the plants left from our spring garden today. What a blast!