Can this be real?
I couldn’t believe it, last Wednesday, October 3rd,...
I went out to the gardens to remove everything. I started pulling the bean plants and tomato plants and this is what I got. Enough beans for another meal and more tomatoes. The green bean plants were starting to bloom again, and were still producing. That just goes to show what kind of a fall we have had here. Usually by now, there is nothing living in the vegetable gardens except maybe some swiss chard.
Vegetables from October 3rd picking
I pulled out the remainder of the carrots too, as the deer were eating the tops, and I didn’t want to have to get the fork out to dig them out of the garden. We did a pretty good job using them up though, so I got maybe close to 10 pounds of carrots from the garden. They sure are nice.
I got the small garden rototilled, and then Thursday I pulled out the rest of the turnips and beets and got that garden rototilled too. I spread all the compost from the composter on the small garden because it needs amending more than the other garden. Both will get a dose of fertilizer in the spring. I wish I could get some now and put it on, but it’s almost too late for that.
Yesterday I got out in the flower beds and cut down all my tall plants, like delphiniums(that should have been cut back in August), coriopsis, heliopsis, lilies, Echinacea, which was still in bloom, and dug up my dahlias. I only had four but would like to save them for next year.
Right now it is snowing outside, but I have to get outside today some time and dig up my Mexican Shell Flower bulbs, and bring them indoors for the winter. They will not withstand our cold northern climate. If anyone isn’t sure what they look like, here is a picture.
And, would you believe my Jackmani Clematis is in bloom again? It started blooming a couple of weeks ago, and still has more buds to open. Who is to say how long that will last. Here are a couple of pictures of the Clematis and one of my petunias that are being snowed on as I write this. I didn’t have the heart to pull them out yet, as they are still in full bloom.
One thing is for sure, this is snow, not icing sugar, but it will melt as the ground is still too warm for it to stay.
Well, that's about it for this gardening journal. Happy gardening to all of you in warmer climes who still have lots of time for it.