(early November)

The cloves went in around the first of October.  They'll be ready to harvest sometime next June.  Garlic is one of those crops that is SO worth the wait.  These photos are my favorite!  I heart potential...

(November 16th)


Behold the Brocolli!

Perhaps I'll always be amazed at the miracle that is gardening!  When I planted the seeds for my brocolli I offered a short prayer for the little ones to grow and provide food and inspiration for me and my neighbors.  This was my first go at fall/overwintering gardening and I wasn't sure that I'd get a crop.

This time of the year is pretty harsh and the only protection this brocolli has is it's own innate ability to  deal with the intensity that nature throws its way.  Its thick walls that store the food it needs to survive.  The waxy leaves that shed water easily.  The many leaves that allow the cabbage worms to feed freely while not affecting the crop to severely (tho I think one plant may be surrendered to the pests - the jury is still out).

                    (at transplant)

                               (mid October)


I'd say they are doing pretty darn well.  On two or three plants I'm starting to see signs of mold and I think some kind of rust!?!  I'm cutting those leaves off, but I know once that sort of thing sets in it's pretty hard to eliiminate it.  My goal is to minimize the effects so that I can still get a harvest.  I'm seeing the damage on the outer/older leaves so I think I may have some time to get a head or two.

I've got twenty plants and at least half already have "eatable" size heads.  I'm not sure when I'll start harvesting.  My sense is that I've got another couple weeks for things to get bigger.

Some more pics:

(about 1 month after transplanting - end of September.  sorry about the weird angle.  you'll see on the left, I was using a floating row cover to minimize pest damage)

(about 1.5 months after transplanting - mid October)

(today - mid November)


I harvested these last week (plus another 2 big bowls)!  I'm not sure why I got tomatoes so late.  The plant they came from did go in about a month later than my other tomato plants.  Maybe that's why.  It survived right up until a killing frost a couple days ago.

The tomatoes were a bit fleshy and hard skinned, but super sweet as ever.  I love that I'm eating fresh tomatoes at the end of November (though, gee - i've had my share of tomatoes this season...)


Another miracle!

1) Purchasing very good quality starts at a great organic nursery
2) Growing them in TAGRO and 
3) Using a mild liquid fertilizer at each watering for the first couple of months 
4) Pruning out all low growing branching and 
5) Giving them so much love and nurturing all they wanted to do was grow and be yummy for me.


Whew!  Can't believe it's been a month and no updates... it's been a busy one.  Full of travel and death - but that's for another blog!

In the garden I've been:

  • Harvesting 
  • Planting Alliums
  • Composting
  • Learning How to Nurture Over-wintering Gardens
  • Prepping A New Bed For Spring
  • and getting ready to go back to school for organic agriculture!!!!