I still have some broccoli to come in, but after about 5 frosts now, everything else is done. DuaeGuttae, in some ways you are lucky to still be getting fresh veggies, I envy you in that regard, but would not want to deal with the hot weather when it is really hot. The hottest it ever got at my this summer was 91 degrees.
What a treat!We got our rain. I'm so thankful as we have been in a drought for so long. It was just over an inch, and we could certainly use more, but it was the best we've had in the past two and a half months.
A surprisingly hard freeze (for us) is forecast for Monday night into Tuesday morning, and it has the potential to be low enough and long enough to damage the satsumas on the trees. We therefore harvested the majority of them this afternoon. I have no idea how many there are, but it's a good-sized box and eight paper bags about half full each. I have an old refrigerator in the garage that doesn't cool well enough for our regular groceries, but it can maintain a temperature in the forties, so I anticipate using it as storage for lots of oranges for the time being.
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What a treat!
Today I harvested the third and last potato crop. They have been under cardboard since August. I knicked a couple with the pitchfork but we got about 35lbs from this bed. My wife picked a half-dozen tomatoes from the greenhouse. The Early Girl is still producing.
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and we got our garden boxes (phase 1) built and in. The yard is sloped, with a 10' wall drop on the other side of the garden, so we wanted to limit the ability to walk behind.
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We also had to get creative with our trellis for the squash. It actually worked out pretty well
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we had a rogue watermelon plant that made it through 2 freezes, and a hail storm. We got 6 watermelon, but they were not ready to eat, or they were rotted. it was a nice experiment though!
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I had to get creative during a few hailstorms and sudden freezes.... Fortunately I thought about it when i was putting in the garden boxes and put some PVC that I could slide some supports into.
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we ended up with tons of lettuces, greens, carrots, radishes, beets, kale, hot peppers, sweet peppers, zucchini, butternut squash, yellow squash, eggplants, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers..... mmmm thinking about it is making me crave fresh salad. Tons of basil pesto, carrot top pesto, and mustard greens (SO MUCH MUSTARD GREEENS!)
We ended up getting free greenhouse in the summer, so we will utilize that this spring. We also tore out a lot of weeds and put in some native drought resistant plants. I started building the stairs to the wood pile, but that got delayed (i found more boulders, project got bigger)
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phase 2 involves some bigger trellis, some plexi sides, and a roof. Also, will probably be adding 2 more beds, and some more potted plants.Thanks for the update and the photos, Dobish. If that garden is just phase 1, I can hardly imagine how grand future phases will be.
Hail and drastic temperature swings cause me to have to protect my plants down here in Texas, too. We haven't had a devastating storm since I've lived here, but everyone tells me tales of a huge, huge storm that hit the area about a year and a half before we moved. Our insurance rates down here tell me that story, too. I had never used frost cloth before moving here, and I'd never even heard of shade cloth or hail netting. Now I use the first two every season, and they help protect against the light hail we've had. I figure that if we have a devastating storm, there isn't really much I can do.
phase 2 involves some bigger trellis, some plexi sides, and a roof. Also, will probably be adding 2 more beds, and some more potted plants.
I've thought of planting pole beans in a way that will provide shade for cool season stuff that likes to bolt early.