The big good news right now is that
the carrots I planted last summer. They are ready to pull now. The
chard I planted a bit more recently is big enough that occasionaly
I steal a leaf or two from each plant, but that doesn't amount to
much yet. The kale plant is almost a bush now. It gives me half
the greens in a delicious bowl of soup every week or so.
The broccoli plant continues to
yeild another third of the greens in that soup. I harvest all of
the heads with big enough flower buds on them. Usually each head
is about the size of a quarter. Maybe I get three or four every
time I harvest the largest kale leaves. I like to top it off with
some green onion.
The nasturtium was finally beginning
to look like something interesting about the time we got hit by
that first serious cold snap. Now it's a has been. Nothing left
but some decaying plant matter nobody would want to eat.
The beets are doing very well. Glad
I planted them! A big success from just seeds. I'm planting them
from seeds again next time!
The collards are all doing fine. I
took a few cuttings from the best plants and planted them. The
cuttings are taking okay as I type this.
The tomatoes were all doing fine
until the frost hit. Now they used to be plants.
The artichoke is getting to be a
nice bushy plant again.
The peas didn't all come up, but the
half dozen or so that did are doing fine now. I get one or two
pods of sweet cruchy pea flavor every time I water, or something
I planted many broccoli seeds, and
some of them came up. Of those I transplanted at least half a
dozen into different spots around the plot. this is probably the
best of the new ones. I'm hoping many of them develop. Then I'll
be having home grown broccoli on a much more regular basis than I
My big improvement project so far in the fall has been improving the
border around my property. By the end of the winter I expect to have
it nice the whole way around my plot. I ran out of wood half way
around last winter.
This was the last harvest of tomatoes, the day before the frost hit.
I got just over two pounds of them. I should have harvested the last
peppers at the same time, but I didn't think of that. Two days after
the frost I found a pepper and plucked it, but the thing was mushy
and awful. They don't like frost. It would have done much better
spending those two nights in the kitchen. A couple of days later
that pinkish tomato looked good enough for soup, so I used it in
All of the greens in that soup were also from the garden. The store
bought ingredients were orchetta noodles from Trader Joe's and a hot
dog and some dried tomato pesto from Safeway.