Well it is that time of year again. The garden has come to a close and I have started to think of next season. That topic will have to wait however because tonight I would like to say Happy Holidays to everyone. I'll be looking forward to following everyone's garden next year and hopefully I will be a bit more diligent blogging about my garden. Below are a few shots I took tonight of local christmas lights, you may notice that we are snowless this year:
.......and I can't resist adding a shot of Charlie:
Here is this years potato harvest. The harvest was a little dismal. I didn't plant a lot of them and what was planted had a rather low yield. The ones I planted in my half-barrel did the best by far.
This weeks main garden task will be to plant the garlic. It is rather late to plant garlic but in the past I have had good results from late plantings. I also have to get my season extenders in the garden. I cleaned them all up last weekend. There is not much point in planting them at this time but I should be able to get something growing in them by late February.
At the moment all that is growing in the garden is broccoli. I'll have to check what is worth harvesting this week.
As mentioned in my last post, I have been shooting like mad for the past few months. I have capture all kinds of birds lately! Either I have been really lucky or I have been spending entirely to much time with my camera. Following below is a selection of shots I have on my Flickr page:
Red-bellied Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker Red-tailed Hawk, Juvenile Turkey Vulture Great Horned Owl Red Breasted Grosbeak, Female White Tailed Deer Giant Swallowtail Mute Swan Family Eastern Bluebird, Juvenile Bald Eagle Bald Eagle, Two year old Bald Eagle Black-throated Green Warbler Nashville Warbler Pied-billed Grebe Osprey, Juvenile Sanderling Black-bellied Plover Great Egret Black-crowned Night Heron, Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, Juvenile Green Heron Baltimore Oriole, Female Baltimore Oriole, Male Red Headed Woodpecker Red Winged Blackbird, Female Common Gallinule Sandhill Cranes Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane Colts Sandhill Crane Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Cedar Waxing
It sure has been a while since I have done a post! The garden has slowed considerably in the past few weeks and I have been consumed with photography this season, hence the blog neglect. Overall this season was so so, good thing there always is next season. There is not a lot left in the garden at the moment, the only thing ready for harvest at the moment are potatoes & peppers. In terms of fall crops I never got around to starting any so the garden will be quite quiet this fall. There is a nice patch of spring broccoli that is starting to produce again though and I will at least try to sow some fall greens. Everything needs a good clean up as well including the blight stricken tomatoes. Below are a series of harvest photos I found on my drive, taken since my last post.
Two Roman Candle tomatoes, grown from seed shared by EG
Two Feuerwerk tomato
Two Mortgage Lifter tomatoes (Excellent tomato, the one is the size of two hands!)
A bunch of Japanese Black Trifele tomatoes
Two Cherokee Purple tomatoes
One Pink Berkley Tie Dye tomato
A bunch of Velvet Red cherry tomatoes
Three small heads of my funny looking broccoli
Three Adam's Gherkin cucumbers
A couple handfuls of Dragon Tongue beans
The garden has really started coming into its prime now. It has been a long wait but at least it is starting to pay off. Next week should bring some potatoes, peppers & green pole beans. The pole beans have taken ages, I planted them at the end of May and they are just starting to set now! Good thing gardening teaches patience.....
I am getting my Harvest Monday post in quite late today. As you will see below I am finally harvesting tomatoes. It has been a painful wait this year. I should really learn to not grow all late producing heirloom tomatoes one of these years....
Here we have Feuerwerk, Pink Berkley Tie Dye and Japanese
Black Trifele tomatoes. There also is a group of Adam Gherkin
cucumbers. I am really not fond of the cucumbers. They taste
good but they are really prickly to pick, like a cactus.
This basket-o-maters includes Giant Belgium, Cherokee Purple,
Japanese Black Trifele and Pink Berkley Tie Dye tomatoes.
Now for the prized piece, A Hillbilly Potato Loaf tomato.
These truly are the best tomato ever made and the first one
of the season! Even though the yield is very low I keep growing
them because they taste so good.
Lastly a couple heads of my strange broccoli. They are all
growing heads like this this year. It is almost like it wants
to turn to cauliflower. Tastes fine at least.