SEAISLAND GARDEN UPDATE

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 03-11-2011

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Cold weather has arrived.  We have not had a frost yet but I fear one is not too far off.  I have been hoping that we might have a winter without a freeze but with temperatures already in the 40s at night, I think I will have to wait for another year.  There are things planted that may not survive a hard freeze and we will have to do without.  The winter squash are doing so well but will be cut back with a cold spell.  I don’t know what the Malabar spinach will do.  It is a weak perennial so it may freeze back to the ground but there is a chance it will be killed.  This is a vegetable that we all enjoy even more than regular spinach so I hope we can protect it with a cover.

 

TERRY IN FINISHED GARDEN EXTENSION

Most of the garden area has been seeded with Fall crops like turnips, collards, broccoli, cabbage, spring mix arugula, onion (both spring and Texas sweets), Swiss chard, edible-pod peas, lettuce and carrots.  many will not come through a hard freeze but who knows what will.  It is worth a try.  We are open to any suggestions from our comment section should anyone have something to contribute.

 

PEAS AND 2010 DAYLILY SEEDLINGS

FOUR VARIETIES OF WINTER SQUASH

 

Some of us have been busy not only with the planting but also with the structural improvements to the garden.  So far Terry, Davis and I have completed the net support over the blackberries so as to keep the birds at bay when the berries start to ripen.  We have also finished building the raised beds, filling them with soils and planting each.  We have placed two beds under plastic to solarize the soil.  The Paw Paw and olive trees are planted as well as the garden cleared of the summer weed growth (thanks Kathy and Davis).

 

NEW BROCCOLI

Still to complete are the placement of the watering system in the expanded garden, installing the electrical service to the garden area and converting the melon bed (soon to be the 2012 tomato bed) into a raised bed.  I still have visions of a producing strawberry patch. Lastly I plan to plant the brown turkey fig trees we rooted this year in rows where we will experiment with pruning them into a low hedge where we can protect the figs from the birds (much the way we are doing with the blackberries) and make them more accessible to picking.   It is impossible to harvest from a fully grown un-pruned fig tree without a tall ladder and young legs.  If we get this all accomplished before Spring, we will have done quite a bit.

 

TURNUP SEEDLINGS

 

TERRY BUILDING THE SUPPORT FOR THE BLACKBERRY NETTING (Arn't those pretty blackberries?)

 

I have to show off our pride and joy for a South Carolina Garden.  OUR CITRUS!  It is sweet and plentiful.  A couple hours work in the garden usually includes a couple oranges or tangerines.   WHAT A TREAT.

 

MYERS LEMONS

 

KEY LIME

 

JUICE ORANGE

 

MANDARIN

 

MINITURE TANGERINES

 

NAVALS

 

RED GRAPEFRUIT

 

FULL SIZED TANGERINE

 

I guess this is enough braggin’ for one post.

WE ARE ENJOYING THE GOOD LIFE.

 

Gordon

 

Comments (1)

Hello All,
I planted a few young citrus trees 5/2010 and they have not done as well as i would have hoped, admittedly I was not as faithful as i should have been watering them during the first summer, but got a drip system in late summer and have been giving them about 5 gallons a day,and fertilizing with 10-10-10 about 3 times a year. I have let the grass grow up to the trunks and they are about 3′ to 4′ high at present. If anyone has any suggestions on how i might improve on this care-please help.
thanks
Nate

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