The Garden is Planted!

I am done planting . . for a while. Today after transplanting the yacon, and planting jack-o-lantern pumpkins, I went back out this evening and planted white scalloped squash, zucchini, hubbard squash, and yellow crookneck squash, as well as okra. I also transplanted the 6 tomatoes from the greenhouse, along with 6 seedling tomatoes we had bought to replace any of the seedlings I had started from seed that might die. Some of the ones I started looked a bit puny the first few days they were in the ground but they all made it and look great now.

I was running out of daylight but here are a few pictures.

Garden

Garden

Please ignore the weeds. I’ll never have a weed free, magazine quality garden! There’s broccoli, peas, kale, the bucket I sit on to pick peas and one of three pots that has horseradish.

Garden

Garden

This is all about to come out. The purple lettuce has bolted. I’m letting it go to seed because it will all come up volunteer in the fall. I’ll pull the rest of the beets up and pickle them this week. The cabbage should be ready in a couple of weeks.

Garden

Garden

There are lots of peas/beans.

At this point, everything is looking good and I’m hoping for good results. There will never be enough rain here but I can water. It’s the grasshoppers that concern me most and there’s not much I can do about them.

Garden

Garden

The tomatoes that were in the greenhouse that I cut back are doing great. There were 7 and only 1 never came back after I cut them back.

I love my garden! I love being out in the garden but I love those rainy days when I have a reason to spend the day in the house . . knitting, sewing or spinning.

 

 

Transplanting Yacon

In November I dug up all the yacon  .. or I thought I dug it all up. The crowns were divided and saved in pin shavings to replant this year but they all shriveled up, rotted and smelled horrible so we dumped them. You can read about the parts I harvested and the parts I saved to eat in this blog post. There’s a link in that blog post where you can learn more about yacon. It’s a very interesting plant.

They’re hard to find and they’re expensive so I figured my yacon growing days were over. The other day I noticed . . they’re coming up from where I thought I had dug them all up! A couple of days later Vince had been out tilling up where I’m going to plant my okra. He said “I cut some of the grass in the garden.” I asked him to come let me show him where the yacon were coming back up so he wouldn’t cut that area. Too late, Ethel! He had already cut it. He has a real talent for cutting down the things I want to save but I hadn’t told him about it so I couldn’t complain. So now my yacon growing days were really over.

Til I went out there to see about planting something else and there were the yacon up again. I decided to dig them up and transplant them to the empty raised bed. Well, it’s empty except for a few things that are coming up that I think are going to be sunflowers! I left those and planted the yacon around them.

Yacon

Yacon

There are probably six clumps of yacon in the garden. In the picture, you see half of one clump! From two clumps, I got enough tubers to plant the entire 8′ x 8′ raised bed and planted about 20 more plants around two sides of the bed. I left the other yacon growing where it was and will clean out around the plants, mulch them and hopefully they will not get mowed down again.

Raised Bed Full of Yacon

Raised Bed Full of Yacon

This morning I got four – 30′ rows of okra planted, and some jack-o-lantern pumpkins planted. I think the only thing I have to do in the garden still is to plant more squash, transplant the tomatoes that are in buckets that were in the greenhouse, and transplant the artichoke seedlings after they grow a bit stronger.

Vnce is going to dig up along one fence line, inside the fence, and I’ll plant 4 elder berries, 4 goji berries, 2 Hanson bush cherries and 1 gooseberry. I don’t have a lot of hope for the gooseberry. I don’t think it will like our Texas heat and while I understand that it probably will never produce, I at least wanted to try.

We probably planted about 2/3rds of the 100′ x 100′ fenced in area. Not bad!

Snow Peas in the Freezer

Peas and Tomatoes

Peas and Tomatoes

Those are the peas off 3 plants! There are over 100 plants out there.  

Blanched Peas

Blanched Peas

I don’t mind freezing in small batches but I don’t like running the canner when it’s half full. This ended up giving me 5 – 8 oz. bags of peas and one meal’s worth of shelled peas. The ones that had gotten too big were the ones I shelled.

Peas

Peas

I’m going to pick more snow peas this afternoon and trade them to a friend for some raw milk. 

The tomatoes were picked over the last couple of days. They did have a good head start in the greenhouse but there are a whole lot of places where it’s still too cold to plant tomatoes. Then, there are places where it will be over 100 degrees in just a few weeks. I’d hate to live in those places! Oh . . wait . . .