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.

14 comments:

texasdaisey said...

Oh your pics are so beautiful as usual. Your post made me start longing for our leaves to start turning. Still green here. Soon maybe. But till then mowing, and mowing and mowing.
Debbie

Gardeness said...

Debbie -- Yes, also mowing here, too! Our grass has been revitalized with the cooler weather.

Grace Peterson said...

I've missed your posts. I swear your volunteer pumpkin looks almost too perfect, not an easy feat. When I grew them there were always blemishes. You should be proud. And the watermelon and carrots, fabulous. Thank you for mentioning that you sowed arugula and other greens. I'm going to do this tomorrow. It completely slipped my mind.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Those are some awesome firsts! I never thought growing watermelon here was a possibility!
Glad to see you back! I missed you too, hope summer was great.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Melanthia, what a great harvest! A watermelon! Congratulations! I don't even try to grow them. I haven't seen you for a while. I hope everything is OK. Happy fall gardening!

Bonnie Story said...

Great update!! I think eggplant is a must for me to plant next year. Love the small graceful variety there. We just got some garlic planted too. My neighbors who have our co-op garden like to overwinter with a sort of modified oats as a cover crop. They tried vetch last year but found that it was so very fibrous that it clogged up their rototiller in spring! That's pretty tough stuff. But great for replenishing the soil. Beautiful pictures as always Melanthia, be well!! Bonnie

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Well your volunteer pumpkin looks beautiful. Surprises like that growing in the garden are always welcome.
Your watermelon looks wonderful too, love the stuff ;-)

lynn'sgarden said...

That's a great volunteer pumpkin...along with the watermelon! Glad you gave us an update, Melanthia...have missed your posts ;)

sweet bay said...

What a lot of beautiful produce! The pumpkin looks great!

lemonverbenalady said...

Your pictures are delicious looking! I know the produce was just as tasty as it looked in the pictures. Congrats! You are gardening in one of my favorite parts of the country.

notsocrafty.com said...

Yum, everything looks so good. I love all of the different colored carrots.

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Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Gardeness, I was thinking I hadn't seen posts from you for awhile, so I came to check where I left off. I see you haven't posted for awhile. I keep thinking I should take a blogging break to see if I get my house clean, but so far, haven't. I hope you are well.

You sure had a good looking pumpkin and watermelon. I grew a couple hills of winter squash this year, and got 3 squashes, but 2 did not ripen.

I have been harvesting some lettuce and greens that planted themselves. It's supposed to get down to 26 tomorrow night. I don't know if they'll make it through that.

It sounds like you did a great job with fall plantings, and even got cover crops in. I wish I had gotten to that.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Dee said...

It looks like you have a lovely garden!

And it looks like you will have healthy meals for the rest of the month.

Happy Holdays