Nov 14, 2010
guess I should have done this YESTERDAY! (LOL)
Exciting, I know!
Waiting for garlic to sprout in front bed, onions to sprout in back left bed, accompanied by some cover crop thrown in, leeks & chard in the back right bed
Below is what I love about fall, the ornamental grasses take on a neat glow with the winter sun.
This was the 15 minutes I spent "contemplating" what to do first.
It was quite nice outside, temps around 60º and the sun finally came out after 2 weeks!
Below, I can't remember what this is - some sort of impulse buy, but I do believe it needs to come in the house.
Geraniums were cut way down about 6 weeks ago, and showing lots of new growth so they will be coming inside as well this week. This will be the 2nd winter that I brought this pot inside.
Apparently I haven't been using this chair & patio often enough, the cosmos have claimed it!
The 1st pea blossom of fall! These are the edible podded variety, Oregon Sugar Pod II, I am done with shelling peas, we never get enough to save for winter. I only have one bed of them, but there's only 3 of us so I hope to have at least enough to freeze for winter stir-frys.
Below, cauliflower not doing anything yet... and Brussels Sprouts (yuck!), just growing for some fall height interest in the beds and for the experience? LOL
A little corner of the greens bed is all scallions and parsley, I use this corner of the bed for cooking all winter long! Just seeded some more scallions today. Parsley does EXTREMELY well here all winter, last year I had some parsley that was 3 feet tall and not bolting! Bonus is that I don't have to share it with the Black Swallowtail caterpillars in the fall & winter.
Today's harvest: Pak Choy, Piracicaba Broccoli, Lettuce, a few remaining raspberries, and grabbed some rosemary, thyme, parsley & marjoram for tonight's dinner... I'll find out shortly how many uninvited dinner guests are in the broccolini.
Finn took a photo of me preparing "the bird" tonight - he was up close but I told him "get out of here, nobody wants to look at raw poultry"... apparently he took a photo anyway!
This is the earliest I have ever gotten a seed catalog for the next year. Give me a break, at least for awhile! I threw it on the stack of magazines still waiting to be read from this summer when I was too busy!
See, I really DO have a garden - I'm not a "poser", it's just not doing anything right now. I will be excited when I see more blossoms on those peas, however. It's always iffy in the fall - if it doesn't get too cold we'll have a better crop than spring with no pests or fungus or yucky stuff, but if we get a really cold spell - it was all for nothing. That's what happened last year!
I may have mentioned it, too lazy to look back - but last night we had country fried steak, mashed potatoes (ours!) & gravy and the boys ate like Minnesota farm kids! Each had 2 helpings and 2 glasses of milk. I'm afraid to think what it will be like when they are teenagers.
I purposely withheld snacks today thinking they might do the same tonight and eat some of our fresh broccoli, there isn't much, but I don't expect they would eat more than a little piece.
Tonight is chicken on the rotisserie, rubbed with fresh herbs and garlic, fresh broccoli, and standard box rice... I'm hoping to make chicken soup with all the leftovers tomorrow, a whole bird is kind of overkill for the 3 of us!