Oh joy

Got my first 20 new straw bales set today😊. Started first batch of seeds on my wonderful grow stand. I have been so anxious to get started. I hope to get another 20 bales AND a new raised bed with straw bales set up in a week or so. I need to get manure and new soil to go in 3 raised beds from last year. I must make myself wait about 3 weeks before starting to condition bales. 😲🤪. I love the start of garden season🌱🌝🌻🥦🍆🍅🍓

Mulching down

Well fall is finally here. That means I can get my garden ready for cold weather. Unfortunately my straw bales have collapsed so much that all they are good for is mulch, but they will make great mulch for raised beds and in ground beds. I’m pulling up last tomato stalks–but I still have a few tomatoes still ripening in tomato bed.  I planted a couple of fall bean and peas but the bugs have eaten them up. My fall greens were doing great but it looks like the bugs are after them now. Have a couple of bell peppers and eggplant still ripening on vine. Waiting for sweet potatoes to cure for Thanksgivig😘😍😜.  

I’ll have tomatoes to cook with all winter😀. Looking forward to February seed planting on my grow stand!

Janice Riley, this garden is for you

You died and it is terrible. I can’t make it to the funeral–but you wouldn’t know if I did. So, I spend this lovely early fall morning working in my garden.  Planting a few fall vegetables and I can’t get you out of my head. I remember , so clearly, when I was lucky enough to have you make me NDO Community Services Director. One of NDO’s long standing and popular programs was the garden program   I never understood why that seed program which enabled people to have vegetable gardens was so popular. Yet, today, I am here in my little vegetable garden just as happy as can be– loving the dirt, the plants, and you.  This garden is for you old friend.

Finally cooler

Today was finally cool enough to spend some time in the garden. I spent a few hours pulling weeds getting ready to put in some fall vegetables. I have one raised bed ready to mulch and plant, only has 2 peppers and 1 eggplant still alive.

It was great!! Oh, how I missed time in the dirt. It always amazes me how I enjoy my garden. I can forget everything else and focus on the plants in front of me and the beautiful dirt.

My cardinal friend was chirping at me all morning. I think he was concerned that I would mess up the remaining tomato plants–he flies around in them all the time. About a week ago I was able to spend a little time trimming up dead branches and trying prop up and save the last of the still growing tomato plants. I have flowers on some of them so I am hoping for a few more small tomatoes.

Now I am hoping for more mornings like this one. I need to go over the remaining straw bales. I don’t think I will be able to plant anything in them because they have collapsed so much–have to decide whether to take them up and use for mulch or leave them for spring bed under new bales.

My blueberry bed is running over with weeds–that will probably take 2 mornings to get straightened out.

I just ordered some fall vegetable plants–so excited. They will be here early in September so I want to have beds ready!!!!