Can’t Believe Summer is Over!!
I have no idea where this summer went!! I felt like I was at war with weeds all summer… more than usual! I attribute this to lots of fish fertilizer and rain. If only I could eat weeds?
But on the plus side. . . I actually had a nice crop of vegetables this summer. I planted cukes in pots at Morris Plains and they did amazingly well. I made a ton of pickles. I also had the BEST crop of asparagus I’ve had so far. This must be their 7th year.. I did two things differently: of course, more good fertilizer, and I didn’t cut the ferns down until this spring. I even made asparagus soup: YUM!! Results: I was picking asparagus from April to July! I had a decent crop of currants, and made about 4 jars of currant jam.
In the Morris County plot I had of course beautiful kale.. curly kale, Great peppers which actually turned red, decent asian eggplants, almost no zucchini, mediocre zinnia, beans eaten by??, a really nice volunteer small tomato which is still doing nicely, and bug ridden snapdragons.. I should have sprayed early on. I hate to spray.. but they aren’t edible. Also, Russell gave me two nice dahlia tubers– one orange and one deep maroon, almost black. They made cool Halloween arrangements.
I am just beginning to put the garden away now. (Oct. 22, 2019) I am taking doxy for lyme which I contracted about 10 days ago, and have postponed any strenuous work for now. I did plant a row of 10 garlic cloves at County, and tomorrow I want to plant the other 10 at Morris Plains. I’ll compare and see where the garlic likes to grow.. Planting the garlic at County almost wiped me out yesterday!! First I had to turn over a patch of weeds with a pitchfork, remove the weeds, rake the area, and fertilize, then make a furrow for the garlic. As always, I divided the garlic at home to save time when I got to the garden. I’m planting the Russian Red that I saved from planting last fall. It is a lovely garlic… grew beautifully, but the scapes were way too tough to eat.
I have moved both the rose bush and the yellow lily from Morris Plains to here. I’m trying to remove any perennials from Morris Plains so that I can fit more vegetables there. Now I need to dig up the mint and the yellow yarrow. I’ll put both in pots and keep them there.
HOME: I removed the gooseneck loosestrife from near the mailbox. It had a bug issue, and just looked awful. I put the coral rose from Morris Plains there and also got an Amber Carpet Rose from Agway sale tent and planted that there, also. The Ginger yellow climbing rose is doing amazing. It’ll be fun to see it bloom next spring. I also picked up a baby’s breath and a salvia at that Agway sale. They were each only a couple of dollars.
So, now the fun stuff. Here are some pictures from this summer. I didn’t take very many, but here are some, plus hopefully, a home improvement! The caterpillars are Black Swallowtails which fed on my two big pots of parsley (I planted two for them, plus one for myself) until there wasn’t one leaf left! I counted 18 caterpillars on those plants. The first picture is a huge Diva Cuke, which is cut off in the picture, but my little gardener helper isn’t cut off, and that’s more important! If you double click, you can see the entire picture. By the way, that pizza was delicious!