Ugly discovery during garden clean up. As I pulled up the blighted tomatoes, I discovered these roots. Root-knot nematodes!
My favorite Fall crop is Broccoli, it is THE BEST. I start some in the greenhouse. Not that they need to be kept warm – just to be able to watch over them better. I like to plant succession plantings. Fresh Broccoli for months. Last Xmas, we had fresh Broccoli for dinner. My grandson commented that it was “really good Broccoli.” It is soooo much better than what you buy in the store………
It is HOT! It is HUMID! I do not want to go outside! But, I must.
- Got to check the chickens food and water. That is a MUST DO
- Pick the pole beans
- Pick the figs, before the birds and wasps get them
- Pick the tomatoes before the birds get them
- and the French beans
- Fertilize the new tomato plants and squash plants
- Attack that new bug on the eggplant.
Then there is the …….
Is this a Still Life painting? NO, it is my “hunter gather” harvest today. I needed to add a couple more tomatoes and it would be ready to paint.
Prickly Pear is a permaculture plant! I ordered some Prickly Pear pads from a Texas company earlier in the Spring. The instructions said “insert in dirt and ignore”. I did that! Yesterday, I discovered what I think is a new pad beginning……. Continue reading
When the first butchered tree started putting out leaves, I felt brave enough to start pruning the second tree. Had to wait for my husband to cut some really thick branches. Here it is…..
My yellow crookneck squash produced well this Spring. I froze quite a bit. And then – the squash bugs arrived. Jillion’s of them! The chickens normally take care of them. But, this year – there were just too many. The squash plants gave up and did. I pulled them up and the chickens immediately cleaned up the bed. I did not take a before, but here is the after …….
I severely pruned back one of my peach trees. Poor thing, I really butchered it! It is putting out some new leaves! What a relief! I was worried.
Well, the yellow squash are spent! It has been really productive. No vine borers – but suddenly there are jillions of squash bugs. My chickens can not keep up! It is very HOT, and the poor plants can’t take heat and bugs! I had planted 6 plants this Spring and had plenty to eat and to freeze. There are only two of us, so 6 plants did well. I even ended up giving some to my squashless friends. 😊 I will be replanting 3 plants. It should keep us in fresh yellow squash till frost. Continue reading
No one ever accused a Permaculture Garden of being neat and orderly. Wild and Abundant – yes! Productive? Yes!