Fall Veggie Gardening

This area on the south side of our house is where eventually I’ll put a nice walk through flower garden but for now, until we get our real vegetable beds put in, I’ll be using some of this space for fall and winter vegetables. It took a few days of work to weed through this area but with the help of my parents and husband Saturday morning I was able to finish getting the weeds removed.

Up against the fence I put the garlic. They take the longest amount of time to harvest so the furthest out of the way they can be, the better. (That’s my well and tank there…need to figure out a good plant disguise for the trellis around it.)

It looks so much better and I’m so glad I can walk through and use this space now. The stepping stones were covered in grass near Chris’ man-cave and I thought I could use them at least temporarily. They need some straightening but that’s for another day.

I stopped in at a grocery store that I had a good hunch would have elephant garlic and bought three bags when I found them. I’m following Curtis’ method of putting garlic in the ground on or near the Autumnal Equinox. His method worked for him last year and ours…well, it wasn’t so successful.

I also planted the small bulblets of garlic my mom brought from what she harvested this year so they could get another year in the ground.

A sweet hornworm was found on a pepper leaf. I know a lot of people wouldn’t call them sweet, but I’ve never had a major problem with hornworms so I let them be.


My parents were in town for the weekend and we attempted to visit a local farmers market only to find out it was closed. We were close to a local plant nursery and decided to stop in since they were just opening up for the day. I opted to get some fall veggies and some Louisiana irises for the ditch in our right-of-way area out front.



I love Cuban oregano—we had a nice pot of it in Florida. Every time I find something I used to grow in Florida I get sentimental and wish to have it. It also makes me wish I had been serious about writing out a plant list before we sold all of our plants….I didn’t. Oh well.


A lot of the seeds I started last week are starting to sprout, mostly morning glories, but one of the ‘unknown’ seeds have started as well. Happiness!

It will be a smaller harvest this fall than last, but at least it will be something.

Comments 2

  1. chel wrote:

    I think hookworms are super cool. We found another this week, and I just shifted him to *outside* the lanai. He can eat all he likes out there.

    Your garden looks amazing. So inspiring to me. It’s been raining all month so my garden is not looking good right now- some of my most hearty plants are kind of coming apart at the roots from the constant sogginess, which really concerns me. Yesterday half of one of my ivy plants just *fell* off when I brushed by. They need just a few days of sun and no rain to dry back out. I hope that happens soon.

    Posted 24 Sep 2012 at 7:44 am
  2. Donna wrote:

    I am soooo excited it is coming along!!!!! I hope everything grows well!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lot’s to harvest!

    Posted 27 Oct 2012 at 8:31 pm

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