A TIME FOR THANKSGIVING

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 26-11-2013

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I can’t believe that it is already the end of November.  Our last blog was in September and although we have not spent many days in the garden, It continues to produce.  All the credit has to go to Davis and Kathy as Chris and I are becoming tag-a-longs.  We complain about the heat and the hard work while Kathy and Davis show up in the garden and implement many of the things they are learning from their attendance at various gardening venues and conferences.

Our hot days have declined into cool Fall days with a decent cold front expected tomorrow.  We have enjoyed three years without a frost because we are close to the river and the salt marsh but our luck may not hold out this year as we are forecast to go to 31 degrees in Beaufort and 34 degrees along the water and it is not even December yet.  We seem to have our coldest weather in January and February.

I don’t expect a killing freeze but I may have to disassemble all the drip irrigation paraphernalia.

We have plans to complete the conversion of the garden to a raised garden.  This will entail the re-design of two long beds into 4 shorter raised beds.  I will start on this after Thanksgiving.  The construction part is easy but the filling of the beds with compost and good forest soils is a chore.   I will post photographs of the progress in the next blog.

In the meantime, let me post a few photographs I took last week.  That would be the third week in November for all you northern gardeners awaiting the big snow.

 

 

ROSE BUSH IN 4TH RE-BLOOM OF THE SEASON.

ROSE BUSH IN 4TH RE-BLOOM OF THE SEASON.

TURNIP GREENS BY SURVIVING ARTICHOKE PLANT

TURNIP GREENS BY SURVIVING ARTICHOKE PLANT

Note:  young garlic sprouts to left of turnips.

 

YOUNG COLLARDS IN STRAWBERRY BED BEING WATERED BY SPRAY AND UNDER NETTING AS SQUIRRELS LOVE COLLARDS.

YOUNG COLLARDS IN STRAWBERRY BED BEING WATERED BY SPRAY AND UNDER NETTING AS SQUIRRELS LOVE COLLARDS.

 

ARUGULA - one of my favorite greens.

ARUGULA – one of my favorite greens.

 

JUICE ORANGES

JUICE ORANGES

We love our citrus.  It starts to sweeten in early November and holds on the tree until April.  We harvest it one fruit at a time so that it stays fresh throughout the winter and spring.

 

TANGERINES

TANGERINES

 

We now have 4 trees of named varieties and 4 volunteer root sprouts (now trees) that produce a smaller tangerine which ripens later in the Spring.  These smaller fruit are the ones I made marmalade from in the blog last year.

 

MYERS LEMONS

MYERS LEMONS

These are huge lemons that will make a 16 oz glass of lemon aid/fruit.  I have made limoncello (a wonderful Italian after dinner  liquor) and given it to a friend who is a chef at a fine local restaurant where  he serves it to special guests.  I keep a little for myself.

 

TOMATO BLOOMS IN LATE NOVEMBER.

TOMATO BLOOMS IN LATE NOVEMBER.

AND THE CHERRY TOMATOES THAT FOLLOW.

AND THE CHERRY TOMATOES THAT FOLLOW.

 

TOMATO SEED AND CURLED SKIN THROUGH MY DISSECTING SCOPE

TOMATO SEED AND CURLED SKIN THROUGH MY DISSECTING SCOPE

 

MORE TOMATO SEEDS

MORE TOMATO SEEDS

 

We grew a variety of tomato that is used for grafting to named varieties as a root.  The grafted plant has a higher production rate as well as being resistant to many of the virus pest of tomatoes.  The seeds cost a dollar each so I decided to grow my own.  We will grow some of the grafted varieties again next year.

We have camelias in bloom but i did not get a photograph of them but the banana tree with its second group of bananas is still with us (until the frost).  The first bunch of bananas (see previous blog) were sweeter and more custard like than what we find in the stores.  I am looking forward to cutting the bunch off the tree and eating them as they ripen.

 

BANANA TREE IMAGE FROM THE TREE NEXT TO MY HOUSE AND PRESENTED AS A MUSEUM PRING ON MY WEBSITE: SEAISLANDPRINTS.COM

BANANA TREE IMAGE FROM THE TREE NEXT TO MY HOUSE AND PRESENTED AS A MUSEUM PRINT ON MY WEBSITE: SEAISLANDPRINTS.COM

WISHING EVERYONE A GREAT THANKSGIVING.

GORDON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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