Monday, October 24, 2016

Harvest Monday - October 24, 2016

We are almost at the end of October and, bit by bit, the garden is being cleared out.  There are now only a few beds left from which to harvest:  Swiss chard/lettuce; kale; broccoli; carrots/parsnips; bunching onions.

The Swiss chard will likely be pulled soon as it's barely growing in the cool fall weather.

Chard & lettuce bed

Monday, October 17, 2016

Harvest Monday - October 17, 2016

The big addition to the tally this week was the squash.  I had actually harvested them the week before but didn't have time to clean them up and include them in last Monday's tally.

Coming in first place was, not surprisingly, the butternut squash - 12 squash were harvested from 2 plants:

Butternut Squash

Monday, October 10, 2016

Harvest Monday - October 10, 2016

It's the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada which is a celebration of the bounty of the harvest...especially for us veg gardeners, no?  Happy Thanksgiving to those that are celebrating this weekend, both here and abroad :)

Many of us are hunkering down with family and friends to enjoy some turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  As with most celebrations in my family, we had our big family dinner yesterday, leaving the holiday Monday as a day of relaxation and, just as important, leftovers :)

This year, we had dinner at my parents house and, wouldn't you know it, just as we are about to leave the weather network issues a frost alert.  Ugh!!

Beautiful but deadly...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Garden of Rhonda Fleming Hayes & Bachman's Tour

Minneapolis GBF - Day 1 - Garden #4

Our next stop was the house of Rhonda Fleming Hayes, author of “Pollinator Friendly Gardening”.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Harvest Monday - October 3, 2016

The beginning of October is greeting us with some beautiful weather:

Once again, it looks like our first frost will be well after our average first frost date, which happens to be today.  Hurray!  I still have some crops that could use a few more days of warmth, including squash, tomatoes, peppers and the late planting of beans (for drying).

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lyndale Park Gardens

Minneapolis GBF - Day 1 - Garden #3

Our third stop of the day at the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling was Lyndale Park Gardens, a 61 acre park which was founded over 100 years ago on the shores of Lake Harriet by Theodore Wirth, the superintendent of the Minneapolis Parks System at the time.

The gardens include a one acre rose garden, a peace garden and an annual-perennial garden, the latter being where I spent the limited amount of time we had.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Harvest Monday - September 26, 2016

It's the last week of September and we are finally enjoying a bit of cooler weather.  I'm starting to do some end of season cleanup on each bed which involves removing all of the spent plants & weeds and applying a topping of compost.  Then, of course, I stand back and admire that nice clean bed which is full of potential for next year :)

One of the beds that I cleared out was the sickest of the tomato beds - Bed #2.  I didn't actually harvest a lot from that bed as it's production was pretty much done.  Bed #1 is also in rapid decline, but there are a few large tomatoes in it.  I'm waiting just until they start to show a bit of colour, then I'll be picking them and clearing out the bed.

Trail of Tears beans (for drying); Summer Dance cucumbers
Tomatoes:  Amos Coli, Speckled Roman, Juliet, Mystery tomato & Sungold