Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. I wasn't sure anyone would be available (family obligations, out of town, etc) and I was right. Only Rodney and I worked in the garden. We pulled out the last heirloom tomato plant (still have to pull out 2 Roma tomato plants), all the bell peppers and the eggplant. Harvested 3 eggplants.

We planted, or should I say Rodney prepared the soil and planted almost 5 lbs of potatoes (Yukon Gold and fingerling potatoes). Don't buy 5 lbs of potatoes next year. It was too much. Also planted a cover crop on the hill. There was extra seed, so we planted it around the peach and orange tree in the front yard and planted some where the heirloom tomatoes were planted this year.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Didn't garden today. It was too cold. I hope it warms up a bit by Saturday. I bought all these potatoes (Yukon Gold, Fingerlings and Red, white and blues) and I need to plant them soon. I also bought a cover crop for the hillside.

Unfortunately, the first cover crop I planted probably has little chance to flourish. My gardener raked up the whole area and disposed of the pine needles and whatever else. I had just planted the cover crop a week ago. Maybe a few will survive, but I can't count on it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pulled out a few more tomato plants today. The root installation is going to be spectacular. I must have 20 - 30 roots by now. Where the big tomato plants were, I pulled out 3 tomato plants plus the cherry tomato plant. I planted peas along the soaker hose line. That should add nitrogen to the soil for next year. In the raised bed Juna and I planted carrots in between the basil plants and red Walla onions in a triangular section near the arugula and parsnips.

Still waiting to see the pak choi, broccoli, and other carrots and onions come up. Maybe next week. Harvested Swiss chard, Daikon radishes, cherry tomatoes, 2 Roma Tomatoes and 3 small heirloom tomatoes. Actually one of the tomatoes was fairly large, but not like this summer.

Collecting lots of brown, dry leaves for the compost bin. That tree on the south border of the house is a treasure-trove of dry material come autumn.

Monday, November 8, 2010

It rained last night! Great! I planted so much the last couple of weeks. The rainwater is just what they need. This Wednesday I hope to plant some more winter vegetables. Have to order the vetch--times a wasting! Get on it girl!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What a great day!

I accomplished so much in the garden today. I planted so many winter vegetables, including Batavian endive, winter greens, green bunching onions and Walla red onions. I harvested cherry tomatoes, beets and arugula. I pulled out a watermelon vine that was up on the hill. It was very long and big, but I don't think I was every going to get any fruit fron it. I picked up a lot of brown leaves from the large tree on the south border. I packed them up in a plastic trash bag to dry more. When they are dry I will add them to the compost bins. I have been needing more brown for the compost pile.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3- 96 degrees farenheit

It was hot today. Juna and Ginger came to help. We cleaned up all the dead leaves around the bell pepper and eggplant. Juna cultivated, added compost, sprinkled with water, Super Thrive and Fish Emulsion.

In the raised bed I harvested the last of the pak choi and I planted pak choi and broccoli. Watered everything.