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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Walk Around the Garden

It is so nice outside these days. I take a walk around the garden every afternoon when I get in from work. Today, I’ll take you on the walk with me.

Everything looks to be coming along nicely; except for one recurring theme.
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These grasshoppers are quite the pest right now. I’m not sure that I have any allies to help me fight these pests. Their existence doesn’t seem to be doing significant harm (yet), but there is clear evidence that they aren’t harmless:
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We’ll save that fight for another day. We have more pressing concerns. That darn basil needs pinching again. I need to harvest it; but fresh basil just doesn’t last long on the counter and I don’t have time to deal with it right now. So let’s get to pinching.
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The tomatoes are coming along nicely; I’ve even got 10 or so baby tomatoes and tons of  flowers. With my frost date (11/15) just under a month away; I am unsure that garden fresh tomatoes are in my future. Maybe we should contemplate a way to protect the plants; we have mild winters (the cold isn’t really noticeable until December) .
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The spring-planted peppers are starting to show their age; we may need to think about when we want to go ahead and pull them.
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The fall-planted peppers are still itty-bitty
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But they are loaded and I pull in 1-2 full sized  jalapenos every day.
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The cucumber beetles showed up again a few weeks ago. This is the 2nd generation. They helped kill my squash and cukes earlier this year. Now they are back working on whatever they can find. Pests.
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The fall crops are still a ways away. The collards look the closest to being ready.
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This picture doesn’t show it well, but the artichoke have really taken off since the weather has cooled. I sure hope that I actually get some artichokes next year.
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Boy do I love turnip green; a real southern staple.
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But unfortunately, these needed to be thinned and they will need to be thinned again later.
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I may not get tomatoes matured before the frost, but looks like I will have a boat loaded of fish (hot) peppers.
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1 comment:

  1. The new plants look great. I have wanted to grow artichokes but they just take up too much space for my little beds.