Saturday, August 25, 2012

A New Beginning- Fall Veges

Last weekend I stripped the little side garden of all its old growth, tomatoes being what they were this year, it was no loss!  I planted a section of radishes which are quickly starting to pop up. These are the Easter Egg variety from Botanical Interests, full of various colors and a great producer.

I have two varieties of spinach growing and it looks like every seed "took".  I will need to do some thinning once I see which ones are the best.  If I'm careful, I've been able to transplant the little ones into more sparse areas.

I really didn't care for these finger shaped eggplants but the seeds are forming nicely.  I'll no doubt keep them and maybe grow some in the bigger garden next year.  Someone will like them.

This is one of the swiss chard roots that I plucked out.  I thought I'd just move it to see what would happen and lookey there- new growth!

The cucumbers are still having babies so I let this one be.

My marigolds were outstanding this year.  Hot weather and lack of water was somehow just perfect for them.  I've always loved these flowers and plant them between the vegetables for color and to repel insects.  They don't do much to repel critters though!

The butterfly weed pods are stating to open so I've been trying to spray them down with the hose so they fall where I want them to.  We've attracted so many wonderful butterflies to these, especially the orange ones that are the very same color.  I guess that leads to caterpillars but you can't have butterflies without the munching caterpillars.  

Things are looking much better around here since cooler temperatures ( 90's LOL) arrived.  The pot behind the flowers is filled with sweet potatoes.  I can't wait to see if anything actually grew.  Our potato tower didn't do very well but it was attacked several times by little diggers, some of then turned out to be our cats! Then the dry weather with temperatures over 100 for a lot of July.  We were able to get a meal out of them and they were delicious. Even my granddaughter gobbled them up with her fabulous pork steaks my husband cooked.

Well, it's time to get busy around here, lots to do!
Happy Saturday.


Gorges Smythe said...

Take your caterpillars fishing.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I never thought of moving swiss chard, I have a good patch of it and will try to move some so they will go to seed out of the way. I think you can bury roots and bring them out in the spring for seed purposes.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Or treat the chickens! They love a good tomato hornworm! (and anything else that scurries across their coop or pen)

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

This is the first year I grew it although we didn't really eat it. We dried it out in the dehydrator, packaged it up and thought we'd use it this winter in soups. We had a mustard green plant that grew all winter and kept going in the spring. The winter was way too mild here. That shouldn't have happened.

Candy C. said...

I love the Easter Egg radishes, they are so pretty! You should try the Swiss Chard sauteed in a little olive oil with garlic and some crushed red pepper flakes. YUM!!

LindaG said...

I love your marigolds. They have always been a favorite of mine. :o)

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

That might be pretty tasty!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Lots of people don't care for them, it might be the smell--which I find nice. Thank you.

Michelle said...

My marigolds died this year. I will try again next year. Rick thinks we watered them to much.