Making the fall garden snuggly

Our fall has been beautiful and unseasonably warm at times, so we have been fortunate to enjoy an extended harvest of many garden treats.  We are supposed to get snow this weekend along with 2 nights of hard frost.  I mentioned the hoop house we were going to try in the fall garden.  Now is the time to add the plastic.  Checkout those crazy tall sunflowers in the background.

hoop house for fall crops

We are also taking some precautions with our green bean plants.  They were put in a bit late and are just starting to produce.  In order to spare them from the damage of a frost we used the extra plastic and made another quick  hoop house.

quick hoop house addition

Fingers crossed.  Temperatures are supposed to go back up all next week again, so I am hoping we can make it through this weekend without too much damage.  Yesterday we picked all of the mature peppers that were left in the garden as well as a couple eggplants and zucchini.  Here is only about two thirds of the peppers.

final pepper harvest

 

We had to do all this harvesting and hoop housing in stages though.  The crazy and changeable weather already started.  Here are some squash and pumpkins that I had out curing on our deck.

squash with hail

Hail storm, sunny break, hail storm, cloudy, super cold rain, then full on sun again.  We were chased into the house two times during the process.  A lot of hail came down and stuck around for quite a while on the ground.  It was difficult to get a picture of it, but you can see how much collected on the deck.

 

Piles of apples

This will be it for the apples that have been keeping me so busy for the last month or so.  We have crates of them stacked in the garage, both crispers in the fridge filled and bowls of them in the kitchen.  Time to get baking and maybe one more batch of dried chips…

 

Garden update and bargain perennials – woo hoo!

I have been on the prowl for some more perennials in my garden, bargain perennials, especially.  I am seriously lacking summer color.

sale_plant_real_dream_shasta_daisy

Daisies and Lillies were some of the plants on my want list, so when I spotted these on the garden center sale rack, I had to take them home.

sale plant group

Marked down to $3/ pot (with an original price of $11.98) they were like four for the price of one.

sale_plant_big_time_happy_lily

Total. steal.

sale plant group

They just needed some love and to get into the ground.

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I have been watering them every other day and so far they are looking better.

The days around here have been very busy.  The harvests are bountiful.  We have been preserving food like crazy, eating largely vegetarian meals and giving away produce to friends, family and coworkers.

a_day's_harvest

Our vine crops at our remote garden are looking good – we have some nice mature squash and pumpkins that are ready to fully mature soon.

Acorn_squashThis guy is mostly orange already.

Orange_pumpkin

check out some of my baby pictures…

Butternut_squash_baby…and there are more…

 

tiny_butternut_squash…plus pumpkins

tiny_orange_pumpkinA lovely little fall berry crop is slowly coming in too.

Fall_berry_crops

Just when I thin that I have canned, frozen and dehydrated all of it…

another_day's_harvest

I have also been working on some decorating and remodeling projects (mostly that is Hubs) and I am taking pics.  I want to share, but it is just too crazy in this good weather I have to deal with garden and produce as a priority.

Double double garden update

Yikes! Time flies when you are not blogging.  There has been a lot of activity and unusual schedules around the homestead this past week.  I am glad to get back to normal with a double double garden update.  Double because it will cover both of my gardens and double double because I am going to cover 2 weeks for each.

Let’s start with the remote garden.  Once again Hubs tilled up the beans and between the squash plants.

squash plants

They are all looking neat and tidy, not to mention healthy.

bean bloom rows

In fact, here is a closeup of future beans.  Lots of blossoms –  yay!

Bean blossoms

The cucumbers are sprawling around like mad.

Cucumbers sprawling

Looky here, a baby cucumber and tons of blossoms.

tiny cucumber

Last, but not least.  The bounty of black and red raspberries chillin’ in the fridge.  The final tally was about 10 quarts plus what we ate as we picked (at least another two quarts).

berries chillin

Check out how huge this Jewel black raspberry is.  Wow.  It was the size of a quarter and as tasty as it looks.

huge berry

2 weeks later…

Bountiful produce haul

Almost a peck of green beans, half a peck of peppers and three ginormous zucchini.  A nice harvest.  Believe it or not, we could not find a large enough cucumber to pick.  They may just be hiding and we will be in for a big surprise when we find them.

Back at home a sea of tomato blossoms and lots of tomatoes ready to turn red.

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A jalapeno plant falling over loaded with peppers.

jalapenos in black plastic

And bell peppers galore.

loaded bell pepper plant

The zucchinis are almost ready to eat.

zucchini baby

And more blooms harken many more to come, but we have some visitors.  I am happy to see all the bees, but those troublesome little cucumber beetles.  Something may have to be done about them so they don’t get out of hand.

zucchiniblossomvisitors

I don’t have a harvest pictures, because I have been a bit hands off this week, we kind of pick by the meal and mostly because Hub just does not document as he goes.  In a couple days I will post another garden update.  I would like to address some decorating projects that I have been making slow progress on in between.