I’M BACK IN THE GARDEN AND WITH A NEW KNEE!

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 04-12-2012

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It has been over 8 weeks since I have had my hands in the dirt which made yesterday a very special day for me.  I prepared a bed for a new planting of snap peas (Sugar Sprint from Johnny’s Seeds).  Our warm winters here allow us to plant throughout the winter and enjoy wonderful early spring harvests of a variety of fresh vegetables.  Other seeds to go in this coming week (all from Johnny’s Seeds) are: oakleaf and butterhead lettuce, asian green lance, turnip (hakurei) and a favorite of mine, brussels sprouts (dimitri).

The garden currently has collards, broccoli, cabbage, winter greens and carrots among other plantings.  Our summer peppers continue to produce an abundant crop and if we don’t get a killing frost, will go until spring.  Surprisingly, our egg plants keep blooming but are not making any fruit.

I will plant a new seeding of sweet pimento apple peppers and a miniature white cucumber once the frost threat is over in the spring.  I am going to try to grow artichoke again this year.  I have purchased a packet of imperial star seeds and I am lead to believe that I can plant them in the ground now for a spring harvest in our mild climate.

We had a failure of our saffron crocus bulbs that we planted last fall.  The order arrived with a white fungus on the bulbs but I planted them anyway hoping that they would survive it.  They did not.  We were very disappointed as we had to wait almost 8 months for the bulbs and we were looking forward to growing our own saffron.  I contacted The Easy to Grow Bulbs, Inc. company and spoke with Kathleen McCarthy about our problem.  She replaced the shipment immediately and the replacement bulbs arrived in good condition and have been planted in the garden.   Thank you Kathleen for your professional support.

 

GARDEN UPDATE

With the absents of Chris and me during this falls garden period, the task of producing a viable fall garden fell primarily on the shoulders of Kathy and Davis.  I remember when they first joined our co-op that their comment was that they were not gardeners and knew little but could provide the labor.  Well, they are now full fledged gardeners.  We would not have a garden today if it were not for them. During Chris and my  absence, they have weeded, planted and managed the fall garden which is now ready to transition into our early spring garden.

A garden in the coastal South is a true pleasure.  I am pleasantly surprised at the number of blooming plants throughout the garden.  Roses, perennial morning glory, trumpet flowers and camellia are but a few that are evident.  The citrus are loaded with fruit (although smaller in size this year due to the scarce rainfall).

 

Just a quick entry to mention that the bees seem to have settled in for the winter although they are still flying everyday and seem to have found a nectar source.  We will watch them closely for the hive beetle is a real pest here.

 

EGGPLANT BLOOM

EGGPLANT BLOOM

 

EGGPLANT

A VERY SMALL EGGPLANT

 

BANANA PEPPERS

BANANA PEPPERS

 

 

BELL PEPPER

BELL PEPPER

 

WINTER GREENS

WINTER GREENS

 

YOUNG BROCS

YOUNG BROCS

 

FALL FLOWERS

FALL FLOWERS

 

DOUBLE

DOUBLE

 

I DON’T WANT TO CLEAN THE DIRT OUR FROM UNDER MY FINGERNAILS.

GORDON

 

Comments (1)

Ha dad your final comment about the dirt under your nails made me laugh. Glad your back to it. And yes thanks a bunch Kathy and Davis! Cam.

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