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Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:58

We just had a hurricane followed by Nor' Easter here. The garden tomatoes, peppers, etc. were harvested before Sandy and Athena (now our winter storms are going to get names too?) The chard and kale were left outside and are still doing well, except for the Swiss Chard in the fence boxes that fell victim to squirrels or some other hungry critter in the snow. Luckily, we still have some in the raised bed box that is protected by fencing. The snow and cold temperatures brought an abrupt end to the outdoor growing season. Any herbs or annuals left out are done now. Below is a picture of the last harvest from the raised bed box. Pictured are red pepper, tomatoes and cubano pepper.







This marks the beginning of the indoor growing season with orchids, bulbs, aerogardens (for greens and cherry tomatoes). Now is a good time to start amarylis for blooming in time for the holidays. Orchids usually start blooming in January, lighting up the window when everything outside is dreary.



Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 16:08
 
Autumn 2012 arrives PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 October 2012 12:26

It's that time of year again. The garden is slowing down as the days grow shorter. We've had good harvests of herbs, chard, kale, pears and small cubano peppers. The tomatoes and red peppers have been pretty slow this year. I have to admit I saw less bees around here than in previous years and wonder if that had an effect. Here is a sample harvest from the past summer:


Summer harvest 2012



The purple petunias were wonderful this year

great color petunias



Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2012 12:43
 
Water is cool in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 August 2012 07:27

Sometimes when it's sweltering, sitting outside in the garden shade brings real relief. The addition of a small water garden with a small pump powered "fountain" can really make you feel you are in cool retreat. The water garden can be a small tub or barrel. No outlet? No problem. There are small solar powered units available and you can visit Kinetic Fountains and purchase one there. Pictured below is a tub garden with a small pump powered fountain.






Last Updated on Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:08
 
Hotter than a Firecracker! PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 July 2012 10:21

Seems the dog days of summer are here earlier than usual. We usually get this heat in August so the flowers aren't too happy with it. They get watered early and moved into shade if possible. Ah, the moveable garden has some benefits. Pictured here today are clematis (one of my spring favorites), Voodoo Rose, water lily leaves (no flowers yet) and petunias. Petunias don't like the strong sun so they sit in the shade until late afternoon.

The occupants of the raised bed box (tomatoes, red and habanero peppers, Swiss Chard and radishes) are thriving in the heat and get watered early in the morning before the strong sun arrives.



Clematis, a spring favorite, seen close up


Purple Petunias on the stoop


Lilypads in tub garden


Voodoo Rose in the Sun

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 July 2012 10:50
 
Summer beginning in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 June 2012 09:10

Summer arrived this week.

The tomatoes and peppers have put out flowers. Only problem is, I don't see very many bees. Maybe they are visiting when I'm not around, but there seem to be fewer of them. The pear tree fruits are progressing rapidly. This year there seem to be single fruits at the end of each branch and the fruits themselves look bigger. We can't wait for these to ripen. They have been a treat every summer for the past five years or so. The kale and chard have been finding their way into our salads along with some basil and garlic chives.






Last Updated on Sunday, 24 June 2012 09:35
 
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