Frost and hard freeze was predicted for the weekend so the week was spend taking care of all the cold sensitive plants.
Woke up to 25°F yesterday (Sunday) morning and 23°F this morning even had a few flurries yesterday. So not ready for the cold weather.
Stripped all the green and red noodles long beans, big and small, clipped the vines at soil level and left the roots with the Rhizobia attached to enrich the soil, the vines went into the compost pile.
Weeded the bean patch, turned over the soil and will mulch with leaves (as soon as I get around to raking some) to prevent soil erosion. Come spring this bed will be ready for planting.
Some of the beans were quite skinny but they are still edible and I am sure very tender. Also got one small Ping Tung eggplant from the container.
Too much to do at the moment so all the beans and the eggplant went into the fridge.
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Also stripped the tomato plants. Vines, leaves and roots went into the garbage. Weeded and tilled the 2 beds, dug in composted cow manure and organic granular fertilizer. The beds are ready for my garlic which I plan to plant this week before the ground freezes.
I think most of the tomatoes in the basket will ripen at room temperature. Friends came by so they went home with them.
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Was surprised to get this amount of green amaranth (callaloo) and red amaranth, they were all side shoots.
Combined both the green and red amaranth, sauteed in garlic and onion infused oil, salt & pepper to taste, was tender and delicious, guess what? Yep, I forgot to take photo.
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The napa cabbages below is grown in container.
As you can see from the above photo the plant is very holey, wondering how many bugs got fat feasting on it.
Napa cabbages after removing most of the chewed up leaves.
The cabbage on the left weighed ¾+ pounds the one on the right weighed about 1½ pounds. Doubt they will keep well so need to use them soon, soup sounds like a good idea.
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The Kentucky wonder pole beans below are also from containers.
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Didn’t think the lettuce and Shanghai Bok Choy would survive the frost and hard freeze and because they are in containers was able to bring them into the garage which is easier than trying to cover them.
Needless to say I must move all the containers before taking my car out of the garage but that’s OK, I will be doing my weight lifting exercise. The flat on the left has forellenschluss lettuce seedlings. Its a fast growing lettuce experimenting to see if I will get a harvest. Transplanting them to larger container sometime this week.
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Also harvested my Okinawan sweet potatoes and Purple sweet potatoes will write a separate post as I need to take more photos.
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All the leaves have fallen off my container fig tree, time to ready it for storage.
Pruned away about ¼ of the branches, mostly the leggy ones and the ones that are overlapping.
Meant to take an after pruning photo. Remembered after I tied up the branches.
Pruned fig tree is all tied up and ready to be wheeled into the garage to overwinter until next spring.
The red tree in the background is a seedless red maple, the yellow tree on the right is a male gingko.
Container fig tree snugly tucked away in its corner in the garage.
Was this the right time to prune? Don’t know. But the fig tree would not fit into its corner if I did not prune and bundle it up.
My garage is unheated but is under heated rooms so fig tree is placed on the exterior wall side where it is cooler.
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This is going to be a busy week, besides planting my garlic, I need to clean up all the annual beds, prune the deciduous peonies, put up winter deer fences, rake leaves, …
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