Saturday, October 19, 2013

The End of Fall Garden


Several of my blogger friends asked about my fall garden, and how it was doing.  I planted broccoli, it’s growing without leaves, and something keeps chewing on each broccoli plant.  The same thing happened when I planted them in early spring.  I have asparagus growing like crazy in the garden.  This was the first year I started to grow asparagus.  Two of my friends, Phelan over at A Homesteading Neophyte, and SciFiChick at Bacon and Eggs, recommended I leave the asparagus in the ground and not to pick it until the following year or so.  This way the harvest will be solid and plentiful. I can’t wait to try it after this next spring. 



The Japanese eggplant keeps producing wonderful little eggplants. The one pictured here has some brown markings on the outside of the skin.




My squash has produced flowers; I’m still waiting to see if I get any vegetables on it before we freeze here.  So far, no signs of squash bugs J

 I have a few carrots popping up in the garden.






My chocolate peppers keep producing all kinds of peppers, and buds.  Here’s a picture of the peppers turning that nice chocolate color. 

The bush beans are growing like crazy and producing all kinds of beans.  I need to go back out into the garden tomorrow and harvest another basket full of beans.


My peas are also growing like weeds and producing all kinds of flowers; hopefully they will survive the next several weeks, and produce peas for harvest.

And finally, the cucumbers decided to produce flowers.  The leaves are splotchy with white spots.  I’ve pretty much given up on them. 

This is all that is left of my fall garden.  I’m getting antsy and can’t wait to start planting again in the spring of 2014.  I have a few plans on changing up my garden boxes, and adding a straw bale garden.  I’m even considering a new way of growing my strawberries this next year.  It’s a surprise, so if it works out, I will make a post on in it in the spring of 2014, otherwise I won’t create a post.

13 comments:

  1. Sandy
    I just got my chocolate pepper seeds!
    thank you for sending them all the way to Canada.
    I'm looking forward to planting them next year!

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    1. Kimberly,

      You're very welcome!!! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do :-)

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  2. We let our asparagus grow three years before picking. Still getting tomatoes and peppers, egg plants and Okra (yuck) but my tobacco plants are only just now starting to form some flower heads. Not sure what took them so long.

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    1. PP,

      Maybe I should wait another year before harvesting the asparagus?? I'm happy to hear you still have tomatoes, peppers, egg plants, and yucky Okra (I only love okra if it's fried). How do you grow tobacco? I have some seeds. Probably the soil wasn't cool enough.

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  3. Sandy is the chocolate pepper a hybrid? I've mainly grown heritage veggies, but the chocolate does look interesting.

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    1. Gammy Tammy,

      I believe they are not hybrid, they are however heirloom.
      Hybrid get bigger than heirloom. Send me you address via my e-mail SandyLivesay@gmail.com and I will send you some seeds.

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    2. Oh Lordy, I almost forgot your offer. How sweet Sandy. Thanks so much!! I'll get the address to you.

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  4. What does the chocolate pepper taste like? Bell pepper? Hot peppers? I am so curious.

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    1. Linda,

      There light close to a bell pepper but sweeter.

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  5. Everything looks fantastic! I envy your eggplant and peppers. Neither of mine did well this year.

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    1. Leigh,

      Thanks Leigh. Oh don't envy my eggplant or peppers. They took a long time to produce. Both did a lot better in the fall then in the spring.

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  6. Sandy,
    Wow, your plants all look great. I can't wait to try my hand at those chocolate peppers next spring. I'm sure glad you didn't freeze this past Friday. We got down to about 33 here. Most everything got frostbit. I guess my gardening for the years just about done if I like it or not! Sure am glad you've not seen those %$#* squash bugs. LOL I told you I'd keep 'em here for ya!
    Say hello to BDM for us. Hugs to you both!
    Sci

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    1. SCI,
      Thanks, the plants are just coming along. I hope you like the chocolate peppers as much as we did. I only planted 3 seeds, and these plants took off with very large stems and produced all kinds of peppers. I'm still waiting on a good handful to turn chocolate in color. Thankfully nothing froze here :-)
      Thank you so very much for rounding up all the squash bugs and keeping up there Bahahahahahahaha!!!!!
      I will convey your hello to BDM, as long as you do the same to Mars. Hugs back at the both of you.
      Sandy

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