Rambling edits of a novice gardener in the Pacific Northwest
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Playing catch up
I find myself stopping in the garden, looking at all the leaves as they turn the familiar shades of reds, yellows and golds. Can it really be fall already? But there's so much I haven't accomplished in the garden yet. So much work to catch up on! All was not wasted, though. We had several firsts in our little garden.
A volunteer pumpkin from last year's jack-o-lantern tossed haphazardly aside until another day. No work went into this guy, and although he's our lone pumpkin, we think he's beautiful ... and can't wait to carve him up!
Eggplant 'Little Fingers' have been a tasty addition to the veggie patch. These little guys were bought on a whim as starts and I couldn't be more pleased.
Oh glorious watermelon! Again, we only got one but it was sweet and delicious. My Little Sprouts class enjoyed cutting into this summer treat.
'Rainbow' carrots were plentiful, albeit small. However, these pint-sized roots were perfect for the little guy to grab as a quick snack. And so colorful, too! There was plenty to keep a gardener busy this summer, for sure. And as we welcome fall, new tasks are already mounting. Just today I started more lettuce, arugula and spinach, as well as got several cloves of 'Crystal White' garlic in a pot to overwinter.
I finally cleared most of my crazy 'tomato patch' and am basking in the sweet smell of homemade sauce this very minute. Meanwhile, greenish tomatoes are hanging around or taking up space in bowls in an attempt to keep the ripening process going. Now filling in the tomato bed as a cover crop is a mix of field peas, crimson and dutch clover, cereal rye and common vetch. Cover crops are another new gardening task for me.