I have to say that I am a little proud of myself. I wasn’t sure if I even wanted a garden this fall since I am very pregnant and there are a gazillion things to do in order to bring this new house we moved into to a livable state.
But I guess my husband knows me better than I know myself because he insisted we set up a “small” garden close to the house (there are 20 acres across the road we have to work on, but let’s just ignore this information right now).
Anyway, there isn’t a ton of things growing in the garden since it was too late for many summer vegetables, but I did manage to get a few growing and I am now planting the fall garden.
Green beans are doing great. I don’t have any beans yet but it seems like they should be coming in soon. I never grew a bush verity before, usually, my beans climb a 6” tall trellis, but I thought it will save me some work to grow this kind this time. I am waiting to taste the beans so I can compare them to the pole beans I am used to.
Cucumber plants are looking good too. No cucumbers yet, though. I have 4 cages of cucumbers, some of them have two plants in them.
I love how the plant grabs the wire of the cage…
These are Big Max pumpkin plants. You know the giant pumpkin verity you see at the state fair in the fall? I always wanted to grow one of those pumpkins so I decided to go for it this year. I don’t even know if you can eat those, but I can’t wait to see the look on my kids’ faces when they see the pumpkin grow and grow and grow until it’s as big as they are!
We had a bit of a tragedy last week when I discovered that one of the plants was rotting at the soil level. I was hoping to be able to treat it…
But not even a couple of hours later it completely wilted…
It was sad, but I have five more plants and I am really just wishing for one giant pumpkin, so there is still hope.
I was afraid that it might have been some kind of bug that will move to the other plants, but I didn’t see any bugs. I think they call it stem rot, but honestly, I didn’t get to do much research about it so I am not sure.
Anyway, the rest of the plants are looking good…
They started crawling all over the place and I can see flowers, so maybe soon we’ll see a pumpkin starting to grow.
Next are the tomato plants that are also growing in cages. My friend gave me seven plants from her garden and I transplanted them in the beginning of July.
Three didn’t make it… The rest were just there. not dead but not growing either…
I almost gave up and pulled them out…
But then suddenly about a week ago they started growing again. Their vibrant green color came back and new leaves started growing. I can also see some new flowers now. I don’t know how productive they are going to be but we still have a few weeks of heat, so we might end up harvesting a few tomatoes from them.
I planted kale from old seeds I had in the shed. I placed many seeds in each hole because I was sure germination rate will be about 20%, but they surprised me by germinating all over the place. I’ll have to thin those in a couple of weeks.
Peas are coming up too. We love peas. No matter how many plants I plant the peas never make it to the kitchen. My kids go out every day to snack on them right there in the garden. I have no problem with that aside from the fact that there isn’t always enough left for me!
Today I planted leeks, beets, chard, lettuce, zucchini (I found a verity that says 50 days to harvest so I am giving it a try), carrots, and kohlrabi.
Tomorrow, I will plant radish, green onion, parsley, and cilantro.
I will wait for the end of the month to plant spinach and arugula since it’s still a bit too hot for them now.
We should have a full garden in October.
Now, with the fruit around here, I am not doing so good. The blackberries produced a nice amount of fruit but it was all sour. The kids still ate it, but I have to figure out a way to help the blackberries taste better next year.
The rest of the fruit trees are in very bad shape… No one lived here for many years so they were not cared for at all.
This one in the picture above is the pear tree, it needs to be pruned this winter. I didn’t see a single pear yet, I don’t think we’ll have any this year.
The poor apple tree is barely hanging in there. The apples don’t reach maturity, they are full of black spots and fall from the tree very quickly.
It looks like some kind of fungus to me but I need to do some more research and see how I can help this tree.
The plum tree is in bad shape too. We had maybe 20 plums from it earlier in the season. They were actually very tasty, but they were no bigger than a golf ball. The leaves are full of brown spots.
I know this tree used to produce a massive amount of fruit because there were maybe 300-pint size jars of plum preserve in the old shed. Someone did a really good job canning this fruit because the jars were still sealed. We actually open a couple of jars and tried it, it wasn’t bad at all but we decided to throw them away and not take any chances. They were who knows how many years old…
I keep wondering if there is anything I can do to make this tree produce like it used to again.
Then, we have two pecan trees that actually not looking bad at all but there are no pecans yet. I think there should already be some pecans, right?
Last but not least ae the grape vines. They are all over the ground behind the shed.
They actually produce a little bit but the fruit is sour. I have to get them off the ground and organize them better. Then probably fertilize, compost, and mulch.
I was very happy to get some established fruit trees with this property, now if I can only get them to a better state. I’ll work on them this winter and we’ll have to wait and see if they do better next year. They can save me so much money! I think that the thing I buy most at the grocery store is fruit. We eat fruit 3-4 times a day, it’s the main snack for my kids.
Oh! I forgot the cut flower patch. I mixed three kinds of flower seeds: zinnias, strawflower, and black-eyed-susan. I hope they will start flowering soon and invite the bees and the butterflies so they can pollinate the vegetable garden.
So you see there is a lot to do and I am so happy I get to do it. I think the garden is keeping me in good shape those last days of pregnancy (I didn’t gain much weight at all this pregnancy).
I have some research to do in regards to the fruit trees. I have some garden projects such as spreading wood chips on the walkways and building potato crates for next year’s potatoes. I also need to plan and set up an area for a fruit garden (cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries and such) for next year.
And I REALLY want my chickens back! We decided to go a head and bring the coop from the old house. That house is on the market for a month now and everybody that send us a feedback is complaining about the coop in the back yard. Stupid city people just don’t appreciate it. So we’ll bring it here and set it up, I am planning to add another ‘room’ to it so it can house more chickens and hopefully, I can start selling some eggs soon and some of my challah bread.
Then we gotta set up some kind of outdoor kitchen before deer hunting season, clean the front field of the farm, till it and plant cover crops, finish a few house projects, start a new homeschool year…
Whoa! So much to do, and we didn’t even consider the new baby and the three other kids we have to care for! Sure is busy around here but I like it this way. Wouldn’t change it for anything.
I’ll keep you updated.