This past week was just gorgeous, perfect garden weather, 60’s and 70’s, but best of all bug free (well, none was bothering me).
Spent most of the week putting the perennial gardens to bed for the winter – cutting back irises and deciduous peonies, pruning, getting rid of fallen leaves and accumulated debris plus all the fun fall garden chores ….. Need to move a few shrubs, perhaps I will be able to get that done this week.
Did manage a bit of crop harvest.
Top to bottom: 3 varieties of Onions, Orange & Purple Carrots, Celeriac
At right is a cross section of the purple carrot. Looked the same after cooking. Tasted like regular orange carrot, will plant again for the color.
The celeriac is small. I knew it needed more time to grow but I wanted to see how it was doing. Peeled, cut into chunks and added it to a stew together with the onions and carrots.
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Red Giant Mustard, Green Mustard, Golden Beets, Ghioggia Beets & 1 Strawberry
Both the red giant mustard and green mustard are volunteers. Apparently they like the weather, growing very well.
These are the last of the golden and chioggia beets (forgot to take photos of the cross sections).
Picked 2 strawberries one day (got to the garden before the birds), they never made it into the photo. They are tasty but not as sweet as the summer berries. This is the first time I am picking full size strawberries from the garden at the end of September.
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Both chayote and artichoke experiments failed. Healthy plants, zero harvest.
The chayote plant is growing well but no flowers and no harvest. Am disappointed. Was hoping for a flower, at the very least. May try again next year at a different location in the garden. Am leaving the plant to grow until killed by frost with the hope that I may see a flower emerge.
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This is the second time I am trying to grow artichoke, will also be the last time.
Got the seedling, in the spring, from Locust Grove (was a give away). Artichoke was harvested at Locust Grove, over the summer, but not in my garden, must have something to do with my garden soil (not as rich and loamy as LG).
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