Monday, September 4, 2017

A vegetable garden change-out

It's a bit early to dispatch most of the final tomatoes and beans, but with home exchange folks coming, and departure within the week, it's time.  When your vegetable garden is largely in the front of the house, attractiveness standards are high.

So, out came the front beans and the last of the cherry tomatoes, in came transplants of collards, kale, and broccoli, and I've seeded spinach, arugula, beets, mache, creasy greens, and a bit of lettuce (I need more lettuce seeds!)  Now I'll just hope for rain while we're gone, or perhaps the daughter of our neighbor will want to water again.

I've protected most of the cole crops with wire cloches -- they help deter (a bit) the cabbage white butterflies laying eggs (and the following caterpillars) and the errant woodchuck nibbling. Ha!

Sept. 4, 2017
Gardening is always an act of hope and belief in possibilities. It's always a new season.

5 comments:

  1. Love the stones....They dress up a veggie bed.

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  2. They've really turned out well. Amazing! The lighter-colored sand that we've used to stabilize the river rocks has actually turned out to mute their appearance in a nice fashion.

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  3. Love your stone garden beds. Do you interplant with flowers to deter some of those critters? Somehow flowers find their way into my beds and I just let them be. I love cleaning out a bed of the straggly remains of summer. Winter crops grow in a much tidier fashion.

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    1. I don't usually plant flowers, but include a variety of herbs - parsley, dill, thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc. - which all do flower!

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  4. Very nice! How interesting that you're harvesting the last of your tomatoes. Mine are just ripening. But I guess that makes sense since I have to start later up here. I think your beds look fabulous!

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