Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I am glad I took the green tomatoes off the vine on Friday! We had our first snow in the garden yesterday morning. Clint took the picture----I was busy at meetings in the morning. The west side received the snow---no snow on my grass yet!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Empty Garden

Frost may be coming this weekend, especially on Monday. I decided to remove the pepper and tomato plants yesterday during my lunch break. The garden looks like the picture I took on May 7 (24 weeks ago!).

It is a sad time....I enjoyed my daily breaks from the computer. A fellow gardener told me it is just the cycle of life. We were blessed with a long warmer autumn. I look forward to the spring after a winter of reading and knitting!

One thing that amazed me is how many tomatoes one plant can give me! Here are all the green tomatoes that were hidden in the tomato bush as I slowly took it apart for the compost area.

The plant gave me a bushel of tomatoes!

I will continue to blog. There is still an autumn crop in the box....and I have a friend who is trying a cold frame this winter. I can always dream about the spring!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Garden is Smaller

The basil bush is in the house, and the cucumber and zucchini plants are in the compost pile. There is only the tomato bush, pepper plants and the fall harvest. I planted some oats two days ago.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Harvest Party

Scarecrows visited the garden this beautiful fall morning.

Students stopped by to paint pumpkins and see the garden.

I thanked my zucchini plant for all it produced and pulled it out to join the other composting plants. I "sowed some oats" to bring nutrients back to the soil.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where's the basil??

Fall is in the air....and the garden is beginning to look empty.

I took the basil out about 10 days ago. Here is the basil bush in the garden bed before I took it out.

My friend let me borrow a big planting pot. If anyone was around, they had a good laugh while I struggled to get the basil bush in the pot.

I kept the basil bush outside for a few days before I brought it in. I trimmed and used the basil to make some pesto. Here is the basil bush inside.

I move the basil bush around so that it gets the most sun. It has been in the house for about 5 days. I hope it likes its new home.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Harvest

It's been a week since I posted! It has been a rainy week----but still no frost. I harvested another 24 red tomatoes and 2 peppers on Friday. No frost in the forecast this week----so I hope to visit the garden more often this week.

Here is a picture of the many colors of peppers, tomatoes, and squash from my garden as well as our local farmer.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Welcome October!

In other years the garden may have already experienced a frost. But 2010 we have had record highs in late September/early October (high 80s). This week things will drop by 20 degrees...so it will be interesting to see what this looks like in a week. But today I had my biggest harvest of tomatoes---34!! I am glad that we were patient with our tomatoes and their "curly leaf" problem back in July.