Wednesday, July 23, 2014
What I do think about instead is this tree. It's a live oak,
old and huge and beautiful, and it shades the tiny old cottage at what will be the new Soundharvest homestead. Though not too far away, I will garden in an entirely different microclimate than before. Very dry instead of mucky (the water table is 5 feet down!). In NC and on an island, but closer to the Labrador current than the Gulf Stream, so no where near as warm in the winter months I fear. I have a lot to learn!
BUT, I'm there only on weekends now. Jobs must be worked and bills paid as you know! Bouncing around through friends lovely guest houses and beach getaways. Nice, but unsettled! New adventures are good, and I am smack in the middle of one. This tree though, I know where to find it, and it is mine and I am hers.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
They will need a few weeks to dry before storing, so will finish the process at the new house. If it appears they are not mature enough to properly dry I will peel them and store the cloves refrigerated, in oil. Although not as big as last years heads, the garlic looks beautiful.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
This is extra good, good news. Why? Because I treasure my home grown garlic, and my Soundharvest homestead is for sale, and under contract. I know, it shocks me every time I say it. Please come with me through this transitional time. Let's see how gardening and all that goes with it fits into this new phase. More later.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
As usual, I am behind on planting. But, now that it finally is warm, I will be getting some beans and cucumbers in the soil. It has been a couple of dry weeks, so I have to wait for Friday's rain to moisten the beds. I am so ready for hot and humid!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The biggest news in the garden is how well the blueberry plants are responding to the long, cold winter. Each of the three plants (and three varieties) is bursting with berries! Funny how weather that really knocks one fruit back (I lost all of my early figs to the last late freeze) seems to give another a boost.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Here you see a before and after photo. Had I waited one more day, all of these new shoots would have been open and mixed in with the old, damaged leaves. It would have taken 10 times more time and effort to prune around them. So get out there, catch them before they get ahead of you!
On the edible front: snap peas are up! It is a pretty spotty stand, however, so I will push some extra seeds down into the empty spots. Since it finally may be getting warm they might catch up.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Here is the second winter survivor, garlic! Also, my rosemary bushes had gotten huge again, at least 5 feet across, so they were chopped back down to nubs. Sure hope they respond properly! This is one of the branches covered with purple flowers.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Only parsley and my garlic plants survived the vegetable eating dog and the winter. They are beautiful. I hope these peas will pop up to join them soon. Lettuce comes next. It is so late compared to most years, but this truly is the first chance for spring planting. It feels very good to be out in the soil and sun.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
The best news is that the garlic, left unprotected, came through with flying colors. Here is one of the plants, with a new sheen of frost this morning. Harder hit, as expected, was the broccoli. The close up of a leaf shows the impact that a freeze of this level has on broccoli leaf tissue. The main stems are fine and, if left in the garden, would produce new leaves and side shoots in the spring. I'm done with these and soon will need the space, so I'll pull them up this week.
Last, the tangerine has lost all it's leaves, and many branches are beginning to brown. It will be awhile still until I can fully determine the damage. I expect lots of heavy pruning of dead branches will be needed!
Monday, January 6, 2014
The tiny lemon and grapefruit each are getting a full blanket. I will be thankful if any of them survive, and I know that at the least many branches will be lost. Is it worth this risk of loss to pick tangerines in my yard at Thanksgiving? Absolutely.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
The broccoli plants probably will survive, with damaged leaf edges. They mostly will serve to produce leaves for the hens for the rest of the winter, so I am not concerned. I have no kale this year, but if I did it would be left out, no worries.
My garden was fairly empty this fall, so I don't need to consider a light cover to trap the warmth of the day for the cold snap. The young garlic should do fine on its own, at least I hope so. Maybe I will give them a few inches of leaves just in case.