Sep 28, 2007 | 9:34 AM PST
I finished updating my before and after photo album (so fun to see how far I have come in the garden) and I added an album of some of my black and white photos of my yard. Enjoy :)
Started cleaning up my other raised veggie bed this morning. I was planning on pulling out everything but the peppers, but on closer inspection, I noticed that the tomatoes are still producing, so I picked some and trimmed the plants back. I pulled out the rest of the eggplants and the tomatillos.
I realize it doesn't look a whole lot different, but you should see how much i pulled out of there!
I suppose in the next couple of weeks, I will get the rest of it cleared and ammended to add in more fall crops.
The peppers are still going strong though:
so fun that they are turning red!
I think tonight, i will make hamburgers and top them with roasted red peppers and white eggplant:
The colors of fall are abundant in my garden and I am loving every minute of it!
Today I was able to put in the first planting of my fall veggies seeds. Temps here finally seem to be staying under 90! I put in 3 rows in my 8'x8' raised bed. In the first row went kale, mesculin mix, salad onions, garlic and spinach. In the middle row I put in brussel sprouts and parsley, and in the last row went beets, carrots, and salad onions.
It doesn't look like much now...but it will soon!
I used some companion planting techniques that I learned about from a book I recently purchased, so I do hope it proves to be effective. If nothing else, I do think all the different varieties of things will look very nice together :)
As you can see, my husband finished the new chicken wire frame fence. This is very effective in keeping out the 3 dogs, the toddler and the various other wildlife in my neck of the woods. Once he gets the others made for the 2nd bed, I can get that all planted too!
I also had help from Liliana and Dora the Explorer :)
Once the little one goes down for her nap, I will do some various clean up tasks. My city issued a compete outdoor water ban (except for edibles) so, this is going to put a major cramp in my fall gardening style...but I will try my best to manage and not to cheat too much!
Here are a couple of shots of my backyard in the early fall (taken today)
I am getting a second flush of blooms on my trumpet vine...
Good things are happening in the garden! The other day I pulled out the spent veggies in one of the raised beds and added some compost. This weekend, my hubby is going to make some frames to support the necessary chicken wire barrier. Hopefully, this will make it much more attractive. When he has them made, I will then put down my seeds. I plan to plant spinach, kale, garlic, onions, mesculin, brussel sprouts, parsley, raddishes, beets and carrots. I am so excited!
Some things in the other bed are still producing, so I haven't yet pulled them out.
An okra flower:
The peppers are looking good and some are even starting to turn red!
Once this bed is finished, I will clear it and make way for broccoli, peas and probably more greens :)
Here is a fun picture of what happens to a tomatillo when the ants find it....
For the first time here the weather has not gotten much above 80! It feels so wonderful and that fall breeze is in the air. The garden is doing great! Weeds have slowed and the leaves are falling. Everything is ready for my fall projects soon to be started. Colors of fall are starting to show as well:
Wild grape vine that grows here...I usually pull it out with a vengence, but I let it go a bit wild on my porch and I must say the fall "fruit" is very pretty!
Autumn Joy Sedums are in full bloom:
Miscanth us looks loveley in the fall breeze!
And, best of all...the figs are finally starting to ripen! The drought delayed them a bit this year, but they are still nice and yummy:
Well, I'm at the beach this week :) Kure Beach, NC! Having a blast and since I can't work in the garden, I am having fun showing off my blog and dreaming of fall projects.
Of course, being at the beach is always an inspiration, especially in color. Makes me want to paint everything bright and fun. I am going to pick up some fall gardening magazines for the 8 hour drive home for even more inspiration. Then, when I get home, its back to it! I have got to get some more creek brush to the curb...that is first on my list. Then to clean up and plant fall veggies :) I think our heat wave has finally broken, YEAH!!!!!! Which means I can start on more projects!