What’s Happening In the Garden– September 30

Hey everyone! It looks like I’m a one post a week blogger at the moment. It’s fall and I’m all over the place…I know I keep saying that life is busy, but, really, it is. To add to it Halloween in Salem starts on Thursday night with our Halloween parade. I love the localness of that event. It’s really “our” Halloween as a city. From that point on we give the rest of the celebration over to the visitors. That’s fine with me, it makes money and people have a blast! Let me know if your going to be in town in October, I’d love to meet you!

Okay, so, here’s the Salem Garden this morning. IMG_3184

It’s beautiful out there today. The summer garden is winding down but the fall garden has it’s own special character and charm.
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I think I said this a few weeks ago— I love these Romano beans.

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The swiss chard is doing okay. I should spend some time weeding and trimming so the center leaves can produce. See my little asian cucumber hiding in the back?IMG_3173

Here it is up close, we’ve eaten some and there are several growing. Not bad for an early August afterthought. I think there will be more of these next year.

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Broccoli and lettuce are perking along too. I really believe that the broccoli is all about the chicken manure… that’s it. If you don’t have some available it’s very easy to purchase. Just read the labels at your favorite garden supply store and you’ll find it easily.

IMG_3171A broccoli flower that actually looks like broccoli! Will there be more? Time will tell…

IMG_3172These need to be picked and cooked or frozen today. I wish I was a canner…IMG_3176

We have five or six happy Brussel sprout plants. My Uncle Ossie says that they sweeten up when the frost hits them.
IMG_3178What do you think about this bit of browning on the bottom of the stalk? Anyone? Miss Betsey, you may have a thought here. I’m hoping it’s okay.

IMG_3179Tomatillos… hundreds of them… salsa verde here we come!

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And the leaves on the trees are just starting to turn. It’s going to be a pretty few weeks here in Salem. I hope I can share some of that with you.

So there we are. Thanks for hanging in with me and for stopping by. Let me know how your garden is growing, I love, love, love your comments!

Enjoy everything!

Michele

What’s Happening In the Garden– September 10

I am hanging on to summer, that’s what’s happening here. With fall on our doorstep people keep saying that fall is their favorite season. I’m sorry, I just can’t join them, I’m a summer girl, that’s all there is to it. IMG_3094That said, the mums are getting ready to pop, which does help a little with the transition.
IMG_3093The oregano is still beautiful. I gave this a good cut back a couple of weeks ago. I’d like to dry some to enjoy this winter.
IMG_3091We still have plenty of green tomatoes. I’m hoping that the sun that’s forecast for today and the heat of tomorrow will help these along.
IMG_3089 The romano beans took off and are climbing. Next year I think I may start some of these earlier in the season. IMG_3085 This cute little gourd just peeked out and surprised me. I need to scrounge around and see if there are more hiding along the fences.IMG_3084 We still have zinnias!IMG_3083 And here’s the asian cucumber that I planted from seed in late July. It kind of took off. I don’t see much fruit but there were several bees flying around it pollinating the other day. It may still happen.IMG_3081 The morning glories reseeded from last year and are happy in the herb garden.IMG_3079 IMG_3076We have several banana peppers to enjoy. I may try drying a few of them.IMG_3073 Broom corn, so pretty! Next year we’ll plant a nice strong row of it and make some serious brooms. IMG_3070 Lettuce, with broccoli next to it. I’m kind of surprised by this broccoli. I wonder if it’s one of the few plants that likes being close to the chicken coop. I’ve been reading about broccoli and learning that it responds well to the high nitrogen content of chicken compost. The trick seems to be growing nice leafy plants before the flowers form. I think we may be on our way here. I’m growing these at work too but I believe that the heat on the rooftop caused flowers to form before the plants really matured. We deadheaded those, then composted and fertilized them heavily with poultry manure a week or so ago, so I’m watching and hoping that they’ll take off.IMG_3066We have lots of tomatillos, another nice surprise. I froze several over the weekend. It’s as easy as taking off the outer skin and putting them into a freezer bag. This week I’m planning to make some salsa verde, and I’ll likely freeze a nice gallon bag or two of them for the winter.
IMG_3061The foxglove is back in all it’s glory! I love this plant. It will probably reseed all over the place!
IMG_3102This is tucked into the front border on the outside of garden… is it ragweed or goldenrod? Pat at Commonweeder (one of my favorite garden blogs), just talked about this yesterday. I’m not sure, but I think it’s goldenrod.
IMG_3057And I’m already missing the black eyed-susan. It’s hard to see them go.

How’s your late summer garden doing? What were your biggest surprises this year?

Tell me about your garden, I love to hear from you!

Happy still summer! Enjoy Everything!

Michele