Return To The Garden

I am pretty certain that either a: I went to the garden once at the very beginning of August or b: yesterday was the first time I have visited our plots in August. My brain is so foggy I can’t remember. Nope, just checked the calendar, pretty sure it was the last few days of July that I was last there. To say that summer has been difficult in the garden is saying not much at all. Some of the beautiful gardening and homesteading blogs I read have made me incredibly envious with their copious harvests but at the same time, I am thankful not to be knee deep in tomatoes or beans at the moment. I have enough to do with a new house.

Which is why yesterday I managed to free ourselves from seven of the plots we had taken over. We still have 10 beds, but one, the peppers, will come down after another harvest in which I will make another batch of marinated peppers. What we will do with the majority of our other plots this fall will be planting several beds of garlic and later in the fall several beds of onions. I did start some black-eyed peas on a trellis for a late crop of beans and we have a plot of sweet potatoes which you will see below. I may do a round of cabbage too so that I can make more sauerkraut this winter.

Later this winter we will start planning the beds we will make at our new house and begin building them for spring. We have so many ideas that I know it won’t all be done in one season.

Anyway, here’s a tour of what is still standing after a long Texas summer.

tithonia2
I planted several tithonia seeds (Chel, you will probably like these, they do well in Florida which is how I know of them) but only one came up. The last time I saw it there was only one bloom. Needless to say I was surprised at the profusion of blooms and branches the plant had!

tithonia

luffa2
The luffa is still hanging strong. There are several fruits and one drying up at the top. I’ll have to get a ladder to get it down. Yes, it is the luffa of bath and kitchen sponges (though yes, they do harvest the invertebrate animal of the Phylum Porifera from the ocean to use too), but luffa are also edible.

luffa

overripe
The eggplants are probably doing the best out of anything but they are overburdened with ripe fruits. I didn’t have time to take care of them so I will have to clip those fruits off later this week and save them for seed.

eggplant_bugs

sweetpotatoes2
The sweet potatoes are doing wonderfully. I had to trim up the sides of the bed that were overflowing into pathways and other beds. I kept a few cuttings to start some hanging baskets here at home.

sweetpotatoes

transition
Looking a bit dry and desolate but being out there made me very happy, listening to the sounds of gunshots going off (strange, yes, I know, I think there’s a range nearby, or you know, it is semi-rural which means it is probably someones backyard), the sounds of the folks riding horses in the arena next door and the train that whistles as it passes nearby.

cypress vine
The cypress vine has gone absolutely nuts. I love this vine but make sure you plant it in a place that will be ok being swallowed up by a vine!

Hoping to get into a rhythm here with fall coming soon. Next weekend we’re planning on burning much of our pine tree debris pile (we had around 10 or so dead trees on our property when we moved in, all but one are cut down now) and that will free up some space for imagining what we can plant in the coming months and years!

Comments 2

  1. chel wrote:

    Okay, I need that plant. Seriously. Off to research seeds (of course… you are such an enabler, but I LOVE it!) I hope I can get my plants out of the garage today. I’m so stick of this storm and everything having to do with it.

    Posted 27 Aug 2012 at 10:32 am
  2. Moosie wrote:

    The plots look so lonely! But your garden at home will be looking good soon!

    Posted 07 Sep 2012 at 11:53 am

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